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October Begonias
Basil Billinger

   Having been growing begonias seriously for four years it never ceases to amaze me what versatile plants they are.  Beside the greenhouse show plants, I utilise pendulas and semperflorens in the garden.
   I do not use them in formal displays (too much work these days!) but they certainly give stunning results used that way.  I marvel at Jeff Abbott’s garden at Mawdsley, Lancashire,  feature in a recent NBS Bulletin.  Equally impressive I am told is the August Bank Holiday Flower Carpet of begonias at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
   Anyone visiting Bath should wander into Victoria Park. Probably the most spectacular display of bedding and pendula begonias in the country.  In my home town of Nailsea, North Somerset, the local Horticultural Society has over recent years increasingly used begonias, especially Dragons Wing semperflorens. 
   I use my garden begonias as spot colour in our cottage style garden. I have troughs, baskets, half baskets on fences and in particular pedestal baskets, that can be moved easily to brighten up any corner.  The only downside in the South West is the problem with vine weevil but I think I have cracked that difficulty this year.
   What has amazed me also  is the longevity of the plants.  We do have a milder climate in the South West but begonias outlive the other bedding plants.  When the evenings drew in the begonias take on a rather surreal and illuminating sight when caught by the security lights.
   This series of pictures were taken in October 2007.  As I write this in December, there is one sheltered trough of begonias that is still giving a cheerful display, withstanding all the elements to date and even one hard frost. 

I hope these pictures brighten your day until next year when it all starts again.


General view


Another general view


B.Bonfire


B. Flamboyant


B. Madam Richard Galle


B. Pink Cascade


B. Firedance


B. Firedance at night (same plants)


B. Chandalier


B. Tenella-Pink


B. Firedance


B. Firedance at night (same plants)


B. Tenella-Salmon


B. Million Kisses


B. Lou-Anne

OTHER PAGES BY BASIL BILLINGER
Begonias at the Rose & Sweet Pea Show

A Spring Visit to the South West Area Representative's Greenhouses     Garden Begonias
Begonia Trail through the Mendips          A Spring Visit to B&L 2007     An Early Visit to B&L 2008
 B&L Chelsea Preview May 2009          B&L Chelsea Preview May 2008

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