Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, July 2015

Northeast Mississippi, USA zone 7
Begonia, Nonstop Mocca White
I'm sure you've heard, "It's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time."  Well, that was true for me last Thursday.  We were coming home from a trip to Jackson, Tennessee, when we stopped at a garden center south of town.  Just on a whim, just to look around.  At the end of one of the plant tables was a small garbage can full of discarded plants (in full bloom) - I couldn't believe my eyes!  I asked if I could have them, and after consulting the manager, the answer was Yes, I could.  I rescued 17 Begonia plants!  When I asked why they were discarding them, they said they just weren't selling, and they did not want to keep watering them. 

Begonia, Nonstop Pink Shades

Most are white, but there are four in various shades of red, and one dazzling yellow.

Begonia, Nonstop Mocca Yellow

And the leaves are so pretty!  The plant tags describe the color as 'deep chocolate.'  They were in tiny pots, so as soon as I got home I re-potted them. They look so happy to have more room to grow.  I gave four plants to a friend, and four more to another friend.  Now I have six white Begonias, two pink ones, the yellow one, and two very appreciative friends!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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16 comments:

  1. Pretty begonias! They can be so tough. The yellow one is more unusual. What a lucky find!

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  2. They're all so pretty. I agree with Hannah that the yellow is a nice one, so cheery and different.

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  3. Your begonias are beautiful. I was just given a slip. It will take a while before it blooms. Happy Bloom Day!

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  4. There is nothing better than rescuing an unwanted plant and helping it to thrive! Happy GBBD!

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  5. Your Begonias are beautiful Lea. Happy Bloom Day!

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  6. I get a real kick out of reviving a plant that seems to be doomed. The begonias would have made a lovely gift. And the rest will brighten your days, too.

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  7. Lea! These are beautiful... You are a begonia rescuer! I love those plants and can't believe they didn't sell, but how wonderful you were there to save them.

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  8. Brilliant! The white one is lovely, especially combined with those chocolate leaves. Good luck with them.

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  9. What a find! I love the brightly colored begonias, but the white one against the dark chocolate leaves is especially beautiful. Lucky friends!

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  10. How lucky! You hit the begonia jackpot! I really love that first white one.

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  11. Those are gorgeous begonias, especially the white one!

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  12. Hi Lea, what a nice thought. Saving begonias from destruction will have its own reward...

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  13. Oh my gosh, I love the dark foliage of those begonias!! I'm so tempted to buy the 'Pewter' begonia I've seen on the Plant Delights website, but I've killed enough from that nursery for this year I think....

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  14. Nice save! And yes - isn't it rewarding to pot them up to a larger size. It doesn't take them long to respond and show their gratitude. :)

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  15. Beautiful; I don't think I've seen begonias with chocolate leaves like that for sale here in upstate New York. Too bad; many people here are turning to begonias since the impatiens blight is so prevalent here.

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