> Volume 69
The Begonian - Volume 69
Oh, winter joy! The rhizomatous blooms are coming and to
raise our expectations here is Iris Bird's photo if
B. 'Northern Lights' which bloomed for her in January
and February last year. This is probably the Logee hybrid
(listed in ther 1996-7) catalogue of unknown parentage. A Rex
and a Semperflorens hybrid have this name as
Begonias and People
Although begonias can and do
grow perfectly well in their native habitats with no help from
people at all, the begonias we grow in our homes and gardens
area inseparably linked with people - those who find them,
name them, grow them, study them, and write about them. This
issue as it emerged turned out mainly to be about many such
people all of whom have a special relationship to the plants
we love - the growers extraordinary Jeanne Jones,
Lulu Leonard, and Janet Welsh; the explorer
Ruth Kiew; the researcher and hybridizer Thelma
O'Reilly; the late Professor Jan Doorenbos who
contributed so much; and all the others.
|Mary Bucholtz captured B. metallica growing
at Lotusland during the convention in Los Angeles in
Convention Issue 2002
Begonias International was a convention we will all
long remember. Cheryl Lenert and all the folks of the Houston
Branches really know how to make Begoniacs feel welcome. The
joys of a perfect convention were realized: we saw new begonia
species and new begonia hybrids; we met new begonia friends;
and we went home with begonias we couldn't live without from a
fabulous plant sale!!
Charlsie Hancock's Pasadena garden on a Begonias
International tour demonstrated how begonias abounded in the
landscapes we saw. Here there are Semperflorens around the
tree and in the hanging baskets is B. 'Torch' front and B.
'Concord' behind. Photo is by Mary Bucholtz.
Joanna Zinn journeyed to Portugal and found begonia
riches including this B. gehrtii.
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