The Beautiful Begonia - A Summer Garden Treasure

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The Begonia

As brightly as the sun above

You greet me every day

Your colours warm my very soul

In your caring gentle way

Begonias have a lot going for them; they are a great way to brighten up your garden in a pot or hanging baskets.

Begonias come in an array of beautiful colours. My favourites are vivid sun orange, dark rich red, or beautiful bright yellow.

You can buy your begonias as annual plants from your garden centre to plant out at the beginning of summer when the risk of frost is over.

Alternatively, if you have a greenhouse then you can grow your begonia from the ‘corm’.

Plant the corm concave side up, level with the soil surface in a medium size pot and keep in a warm place.

Once the plants have sprouted and the weather permits, plant them out in your chosen pots or grow the trailing variety for hanging baskets.

Begonias grow well in shady or sunny areas and they enjoy regular watering and a weekly plant feed.

When other plants are beginning to look tired and straggly, your begonias will still be producing an endless profusion of blooms.

At the end of the season, you can keep the corm to plant again next year.

Remove the soil, ensure the corm is dry and wrap in newspaper and keep in a dry place away from frost.


These beautiful begonias really are a ‘Garden Treasure’!


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Bob Ewing profile image

Bob Ewing 5 years ago from New Brunswick

Great photos, thanks for brightening up a grey day.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Bob, these begonia's are like pots of sunshine! thanks for calling in,happy gardening and have a good weekend!


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Great Hub! These are beautiful flowers and I love the photographs. I agree with you about these flowers bringing light. Even when the good old British weather is at its worst, these flowers still tend to bring a bit a sunshine into a cloudy day. Really enjoyed this hub!


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Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Good hub love all the great colors orange is one of my favorite colors!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Seeker7, glad you enjoyed the hub, the begonia is such a brightly coloured flower, it's guaranteed to make you smile! thank you so much for dropping by and your comments


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Pamela-anne, yes this begonia is such a gorgeous colour, makes you feel happy and good inside! thanks for stopping by, will look forward to seeing you again.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh, I DO love flowers and begonias are a favorite. The photos are gorgeous. Thanks for a lovely Hub.


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Movie Master! Your begonias are simply exquisite - not to mention the photos! Your part of the world is obviously a beautiful place! Thanks for always sharing such beautiful hubs!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Hyphenbird, how lovely to see you this bright and sunny morning, glad you enjoyed the begonias, have a great weekend!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Dexter, It's great having regular visitors to my garden, I love sharing my love of gardening, flowers and nature with you. Thank you as always for dropping by, Have a wonderful weekend and see you soon.


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Jo Frank 5 years ago

beautiful pictures...you are a master.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the beautiful and cheerful photos. The colors are so lovely!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jo, Thank you so much, have a great day!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi AliciaC, thanks for calling in, it's nice to see you, I'm glad you have enjoyed the photos, these colours certainly brighten up a day!


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Fennelseed 5 years ago from Australia

Your begonias are beautiful, so cheerful. I have never grown them, though they do grow in Australia, as Ballarat, a regional city in Victoria has an annual Begonia festival.

Maybe its time I planted some and I have the info I need now. Many thanks Movie Master.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Fennelseed, yes they are cheerful, happy flowers great to brighten up your garden, I hope you have some success in growing them, let me know! take care and see you soon.


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shimmering Dawn 5 years ago

I love begonias, I have shades of pink and white that fill my balconies and make my day. They are truly non fussy and easy to grow. I love your collection of yellows and oranges :)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi shimmering Dawn, I love the pink begonias, they're beautiful as well, as you say they are non fussy and easy to grow, and so rewarding! thanks for calling in and leaving your lovely comments.


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neakin 5 years ago

Wow Movie Master! Thank you for brightening my day! And boy did I need it today! Your Begonias are beautiful! That is quite some awesome picture taking as well there Movie Master! Once again, you have written a wonderful Hub and I truly enjoyed reading it and admiring the beauty of your garden! Thank you again for brightening my day!


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your photos are beautiful. What I like about begonias is their constant blooming habit. During the few freezes we have in the wintertime in Houston, Texas, we cover them with old sheets and they generally make it. So they are fairly hearty here as well. They certainly add color to a garden. Enjoyed this hub. Thanks! Rated beautiful.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi neakin, you always brighten my day when you call in, it's lovely to see you and read your wonderful comments, I hope your day improved, until next time - take care. x


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Peggy W, yes, the colours of the begonia are just so vivid, glad you can enjoy them in Texas! thanks for dropping by and your comments and will look forward to seeing you again soon.


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anglnwu 5 years ago

Enjoyed the beautiful pictures. Must try planting them. Rated up.


Jen 5 years ago

If I could remember to water my plants and keep them alive I would grow those! They are so beautiful and bright. I love the mixture of colors! Great Pictures, Good hub!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi anginwu, glad you enjoyed the photos, begonias really are sunshine in the garden and so easy to grow, thanks for calling in and voting up!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jen, Thanks for dropping by, I always do my watering at a certain time of day so I don't forget, just before I have my coffee and sit and relax in the evening! well I hope you have a go at growing them, good luck and thanks for visiting my garden and leaving your comments!


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Les Trois Chenes 5 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

I have a huge July gap in my garden for flowers, and perhaps begonias are the answer. They grow easily too! Thanks for the idea.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Les Trois Chenes, thank you for visiting my garden, yes begonias are so easy to grow and so rewarding, I hope you get to plant some, have a great day and see you again soon!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another beautiful hub and your garden is a treasure to remember and cherish. !!

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Eiddwen, thank you for your compliments, I do love my flowers and love the opportunity to share them! Best wishes.

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