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Begonia Firecracker — 32 Comments

  1. Your gardens are beautiful, Alistair. I especially like the round garden and always like when you photograph your private spaces. I love the detailing on your fencing too.

  2. Alistair – I like the way the plants lean into the round lawn as if they want to take over. Your soil looks really clean and rich compared to mine. I try to take out stones and compst as I plant, but it will probably take several years before it makes a difference.

    • b-a-g, I think our round garden is at its best in June, although I planted Lilies in early Spring which I am looking forward to. Our soil is quite good, but what you see is an area which was replanted quite recently with a good mulch of a dark coloured soil improver.

  3. Wow Alistair… I wasn’t expected that blast of color at 5:30 a.m.! I like it! I’ve always enjoyed tuberous begonias but have had problems saving them over the winter… I’ll have to try using your technique. We continue to have a wonderful garden year with average temps in the low to mid 70’s, with the exception of a few extremely hot days. Moisture has been great and I haven’t had to water at all. I haven’t accomplished a lot in the last week as I’m being treated for a partially dislocated rib… apparently from too much shoveling of mulch! I’d never heard of such a thing before, but can verify that it’s been very painful. Have a great week! Larry

    • Larry, low to mid 70s is just perfect. How often do we hear of cracked ribs, but no I have never heard of a partially dislocated rib before, sounds painful. Will be heading over your way soon.

  4. I actually like its color a lot. I used to grow them as house plants in Russia, but haven’t had a lot of luck with them in California :(. I loved the picture of Rose de Rescht, and all the lovely views of your garden.

  5. I thought they were roses…those begonia blooms are so lovely! Your garden is so lush with plants, I love the Secret Garden..a nice quiet corner to sit and read a good book! Love all the blue blooms, my favourite colour!

  6. I’m not usually a fan of Begonias but these are really lovely. I’m also very envious of your Astrantias. Your garden is looking beautiful Alistair.

  7. hello Alistair, I planted E. fireglow this year there is no sign of red yet, I planted it where I am hoping it will become invasive! I love the clematis Elsa Spath, always love your secret garden, the window in the fence to another garden area and is that a mirror I spy in the last photo? Frances

  8. Well thank you very much for telling me a begonia can be like that, i thought it is a rose or maybe magnolia. We have begonias too but not as pretty as those. …and all your other flowers are beautiful too. Your garden can also be featured in magazines as it is so lush and healthy-looking.

  9. Garden’s looking lovely as always Alistair 🙂

    Gorgeous set of blooms too! Special mention with Alchemilla mollis, I don’t quite understand yet how come it evolved to be a love or hate it sort of plant, perhaps mainly because it can self seed all over the place?? It’s a delightful gem I think, so reliable too.

  10. Your pictures are beautiful. I especially love the round garden! I’ve always wanted a space that looks exactly like that.

  11. Hi Alistair,
    I was glad to read your comment about Euphorbia fireglow. Recently, I was visiting a local garden when I noticed a big patch of Euphorbia fireglow. It looked incredibly handsome and I lamented having ripped it out of my own garden. I asked the gardener if it didn’t find it to be very invasive. He replied that he hadn’t found it problematic at all. I went home feeling like I had been too quick judge and illuminate my Euphorbia fireglow. After reading your warning, I feel vindicated.
    I am a big fan of begonias. I usually buy a few plants, but would love to try to raise my own in future years. Your Rose Derescht is just beautiful. I admire your round and secret gardens every time you show them!

    • Hi Jennifer, Ye I have found that after a couple of years Fireglow starts to send out runners and you can get stems of the plant where they are unwanted, very attractive though.

  12. Alistair, I absolutely love it all. I planted tuberous begonias this year for the first time – nothing so lovely as that “Firecracker”, but a half dozen in shades of red, rose, and white, under a tree, where they are very happy. My uncle raised them in heated cold frames and it was quite a production to walk through the snow to where he had them blooming in the winter. But what I love most is your secret garden! I just love how you’ve done it! So many lovely pictures… thanks so much for sharing!

  13. Sorry I missed this post…catching up reading blogs…I love begonias and have never had much luck overwintering them, but might give it a try again…the flowers you are showcasing are all favs of mine and I must say your gardens are marvelous…so lush, green and flowing…a peaceful place to linger and contemplate life!!

    • Thanks Donna, Just been deleting loads of spam and found your comment amongst them. Not sure how this could have happened, I will have to check the settings.

  14. I think the plants beautiful, congratulations.

    Now I have a question. Maybe someone can help me yes. I am looking for begonias, primarily shrub begonias. Here in Germany the demand is very low. Can you give me nurseries in Scotland / UK call where I can turn back or can you help me? That would be a great pleasure for me.
    Thank you for your reply.

    Viele Grüße
    Gabi

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