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 Post subject: Some autumn flowers
PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 5:14 pm 
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Location: USA, PA-zone 6A
Had some time today to take a few pictures of some of my plants in flower. All except for the air plant are outside in my shade/woodland garden.

I got this hardy begonia this year. I never knew there was such a thing. It has quickly become one of my favorites.
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This is the first flower to open on my toad lily. I absolutely LOVE these plants! I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the flowers on the other one I have with white with yellow spotted flowers.
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I got this plant just because the name "Turtle Head". I had no clue the flowers were so pretty and abundant. The picture is a bit blurry tho :(
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Lastly is one of my air plants that flowered. This is the first year I tried doing air plants. I always wanted to but never had the chance. I picked up a bunch of plants this year at the garden show in Philly. I was so shocked to see the small yet beautiful flower.
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Those are some nice flowers you have. I see why you like the begonia. It looks attractive without the flowers too.
Nice air plants too. I can't keep them alive, with the exception of one that I think is the same as your blooming one. I tolerates dryness better.
My toad flax has been in bloom for about 3 weeks now and has more buds to open.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:32 pm 
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absolutely beautiful!! especially the toad lily and the air plant - i never knew they had such pretty flowers!

i've got to make a spot for the begonia and the turtle head...the begonia is gorgeous (never knew there was one hardy for this area) and the turtle head because it's purple (not to mention what a funky name!)


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They're all great! And very unusual. I am lucky that many Begonias will overwinter here in a sheltered spot. Airplants have such incredibly coloured flowers, don't they?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 5:01 pm 
Lovely plants!!

I too have never heard of any begonia that's winter hardy in Zones 6/7. Did the plant come with any tags that had specific names?

Every begonia I've ever planted had to be lifted & brought indoors or died with the first hard frost.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2007 6:30 pm 
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Thanks for all the nice comments :)

I don't have the tag anymore for the begonia. Next time I'm at the garden place I will ask them what it is tho. They have them growing all over parts of their own gardens. They self seed very easily from what I'm told.

The same air plant just opened it's second flower. They really are wild plants. It's neat to watch their roots grow out in the open ^^ I have about 7 others on the same piece of wood that I'm waiting to see if they do anything for me this year. If so I'll have more pics :)

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Plant Delights nursery lists Begonia grandis as hardy from zones 6-9. (They just carry a selection of it.) I've had a little trouble growing it here in z9--think it would prefer a little more attention than I give it! But it is lovely, and spreads a bit--makes bulbils in the leaf axils.


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