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Shirley & Terry Tasker

Non Tuberous Begonias
Another Selection from
Shirley & Terry Tasker's
National Collection

Pictures by Dennis Need
June 2009


 

On a recent visit to Shirley & Terry’s home I took a number of pictures.


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1   Is this Chinese species "Palmeta" which is hardy down to minus 9 degrees so could prove popular in some of the milder parts of the country. The good sized palmate leaves are very attractive and would make a good focal point in any display.
2   Is a Rex named ‘African Jungle’, possibly of Dutch origin.
3   Begonia ‘Silver Spray’ is one of a number of Japanese varieties obtained from his Japanese friend and hybridizer “Itsue”.
4   An old American variety re-introduced about 4 years back, named “Baronessa”


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5   Is another rex from Japan “Izayoi”
6   Was originally named “Black Mamba” although in these days of having to be politically correct has been renamed “Dark Mamba”
7   “Blushing Silver” is a very attractive up-right rhizomatous begonia, a beautiful variety.
8   “Jolly Silver “is up-right rhizomatous of Dutch origin.


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 9    Another up-right rhizomatous from Holland “Etna”
10  “Spitfire” named in honour of the 100 year of the RAF.
11  "Herzog von Sagan” of German origin and has been in cultivation since 1954.
12   Another Japanese variety Begonia “Fubuki”


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13   Begonia “My Best Friend” is of American origin. Sent to Terry back in 1999 from Mark Mase who later lost all his begonias & greenhouse in hurricane Katrina.
14   An attractive leaf, being another from Japan Begonia “Kurodiya” as is number fifteen
15   “Momuyana”
16   The final picture – Begonia “Tim Anderson” is named after an American hybridist who does a great deal of work for the American Begonia Society,

Pictures from Dennis Need's 2004 visit.

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