Monday, December 06, 2010

BEAUTEOUS REX BEGONIA ('Showboat of the begonia world')

"Every breath is a giveaway dance between you and the plants."


Rex Begonia
(texture portrait)




Rex Cultorum Begonia


23 comments:

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Rex begonias are beautiful, and you showcase them so well, Joey! Mine are staying in the garage for the winter.

joey said...

Thanks, Tatyana. These are 2 newbies that look lovely with both my cranberry and pink poinsettias. I hope they last till spring!

donna said...

Joey, I like how you made that first photo look like an oil painting.

I grew some rex begonias summer before last.....not very successfully.

donna

Edith Hope said...

Dearest Joey, There are such a wide variety of Begonias and the ones you show here are very dainty and charming. The coloured foliage is particularly fine.

For years I despised the large flowered hybrids but now I rather like their buxom blowsiness. How tastes change.

kanak7 said...

I love the texture portrait. And the foliage shots in the collage are beautiful!

Lindalou said...

As usual, great photos. I hope it makes it to Spring too.

Happy snow today.

Marysol said...

Shouldn't 'Rex' be the antithesis of such a delicate specimen?

Anyway, it's a beautiful and dainty flower, no matter what its name.

I hope your Monday is as perfect as this begonia, Joey!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Joey, I have had several Rex Begonias through the years, and I am doing something wrong by them.

Maybe they require more water than I am giving them, leaves brown and die off. Another challenge!

Eileen

Carolyn @ Carolyn's Shade Gardens said...

Great way to highlight a plant. Did you see Ficurina's post on the Beefsteak Begonia? Carolyn

joey said...

Thank you, Donna. We shall see how these lovelies do on my sunporch. Hopefully, they will be happy :)

Exactly why i choose these beauties, dearest Edith. The foliage is a perfect compliment to my other holiday plants. I am also fond of buxom blowsiness of tuberous begonias, especially in containers.

Thanks Kanak ~ how kind!

Even though only a dusting, I'm not ready for the blustery winter weather, Lindalou. Plus we are heading UP NORTH to the cottage today where they are expecting more snow. And I worry about my poor daughter on crutches who broke her leg on Thanksgiving :(

You are so clever, dear Marysol :) Thanks for the wish ... I could use a perfect day!

Hum, Eileen. We shall see with these ... should be interesting. It's been some time since I've adopted a begonia as a houseplant.

Thank you, Carolyn. I must visit Ficurina and check out her post.

Kala said...

I absolutely love your begonia collages Joey!

joey said...

Thanks fun photo friend, Kala. We sure both enjoy life behind the lens :)

Andrea said...

Hello Joey, your begonias are very beautiful and that collage magnified their beauty. I love begonias too but it is difficult to maintain in our area, with hot long dry season.

Esther Montgomery said...

I'm not a begonia fan - but I am a fan of the top picture in this post. It looks as if it has been printed on tissue paper.

Esther

Rose said...

Gorgeous foliage! I'd like to add a houseplant or two this winter, and this begonia looks like the perfect choice.

joey said...

I hear you, Andrea, and thank you. This was purchased as an indoor plant to compliment other friendly faces. If all goes well, it will then vacation outdoors in spring.

I like that, Esther! I sometimes get bored and enjoy tweaking :)

And that is exactly what this plant is about, Rose ... foliage ... and why I purchased it.

imac said...

Beautiful collages my friend.

Yippee I'm back in the land of Blggers, my friend.

joey said...

So missed you, dear imac, and thank you! Your creative dreams, on hold, must have been a nightmare. Welcome back :)

WhatKarenSees said...

My begonias NEVER look like this! As usual, your editing is fabulous!!!

joey said...

An honor, dear Karen. Thank you, fun photo friend :)

Linda Vater said...

I've not had good luck with them in the past, but you inspire me to try again!

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

I think gardeners often overlook these begonias, but as you mentioned, their foliage is what is most remarkable. Far more spectacular than their blooms. Beautiful images again Joey, I love the effect on the first photo!

joey said...

Linda, I have no clue how these will perform for me inside until spring, only time will tell! All I know is I love the foliage that quiets what might be a gaudy holiday arrangement :)

Thanks, sweet Clare. The foliage is handsome and suits my fancy :) The tiny hidden flower is quietly awesome and why I wanted to focus on what might be overlooked.