Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hummingbird flowers and summer evenings

I love this plant (Begonia boliviensis), even if it does trick hummingbirds into visiting it. It's succulent enough to weather our dry summer heat in a hanging basket, and robust enough to grow from quite a small internet-ordered sprig into this lovely specimen within 2 months or so.

I tried to overwinter a plant inside a couple of winters ago, with no success (it got very cold in the house over winter break while we were gone that year, but perhaps we overwatered it, too).

Last year, my mail-ordered (actually internet-ordered) dormant root/corm/whatever didn't emerge, much to my disappointment.

But this year's plant is thriving.

And, warm, sultry evenings have settled in here, although we're supposed to have a respite this weekend. The mid-July sky is lovely, even if it didn't produce a thundershower.

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Blogger Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

What a great red bloom filled plant for the hummers!
We are hoping for some rain too.

July 16, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger SNJGardener said...

I can see where that would trick the hummers. - Dave

July 21, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

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