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Friday, July 6, 2018

Tuberous Begonia Beauty Pageant

I spent my Fourth of July out in the garden moving potted plants back into their usual summer spots on the front and back steps from the far corners of the garden where I had situated them temporarily while we had the house painted. The tuberous Begonias had just begun to flower when the painting process started, and while they were all clustered together under the Douglas firs in the back garden, many began to flower in earnest. I was delighted that I got to examine each one closely while I moved it back into its spot. Of course, the painting also coincided with a time of year when the firs drop a lot of debris, so all that needed to be cleaned up too.

One group of pots sits right at the bottom of the stairs

Another group is not far away, in front of our seldom used grill
Most of them don't have names, they came from bins at either a nursery or hardware store where they were hanging around loose. There's always a chance when they bloom that they won't even match the description (red/yellow picotee, for example) given that the corms are loose and people don't always pay attention to putting them back where they might have picked them up after handling them.

So I'll just give them numbers.

Contestant Number One

Contestant Number Two

Contestant Number Three actually has a name -- 'Flamenco' and because of the mottled watercolor-ish nature of its petals, photos of it always look like they're out of focus

'Flamenco' again

Contestant Number Four

Contestant Number Five

Contestant Number Six

Contestant Number Seven, described on the bin as 'Hanging Roseform' is also hard to photograph (it's not from Blooming Advantage, I just used one of their old gallon pots to pot up the tuber)

A cluster of 'Hanging Roseform' in my hand -- I actually have five of these, all flowering profusely

Do you have a favorite? There's no swimsuit in this beauty pageant competition and their talents are all the same -- looking beautiful and being almost carefree. I'll always be grateful to my blogging buddy Peter The Outlaw Gardener for introducing me to this wonderful flowering plant, that can be overwintered easily in my garage and so far has come back for me without trouble. I'll never have another garden without them.


  1. That’s a tight competition there! That’s one of the good things when moving potted plants back to their summer homes, you get the chance to examine them one by one, annual health check.

  2. I like 2 and 4 myself, although they are all gorgeous. Glad that they all made it back to your porch!

  3. They're all so beautiful, who could choose? 4,5, & 7 would be my three semi finalists. Contestant number 1 would certainly win miss congeniality with her sunny and bright disposition. Thanks for the link love! Both last year and this, I've been having a problem with mildew on my begonias but am spraying every week with a copper fungicide and it seems to be keeping the mildew at bay.

  4. LOVE tuberous Begonias, but they are not easy here--too dry of a heat. Right by the ocean, Sunset 24, they are pretty good. Number 3, 4, 5, 1, 2...all good.

    I'll enjoy yours from afar!

  5. They are all beautiful , but I am not temped to try them again.

  6. I like contestants 4 and 5 best but they're all beautiful! I've got 3 pots with tuberous begonias, only one of which has flowered thus far and, even there, the flowers don't look like their sale photos. I watered everything well yesterday in advance of this heatwave but I'm afraid to even go look at them now - the heat is that bad.

  7. My history with tuberous begonias is abysmal. I have seen them grown beautifully n gardens in my city , so I know it has to be operator error. Someday I will prevail.Yours are splendid !

  8. Love them all but no 5 is my all time winner!


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