Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Foliage Friday: Rex Begonia

Lest you get the wrong idea, let me tell you right up front:  I don't grow Rex Begonias, though I think they are the most beautiful ones of all.  I have trouble in my garden with snails.  For me, Rex Begonias are snail candy.

But oh how I love the foliage!  These little beauties are good for a shady spot that's high in humidity -- maybe under a philodendron or tucked up into the hostas.   They can freeze in our winters, and your safest best is to keep them in containers.  Don't overwater, and provide a bit more fertilizer than you normally would use on foliage plants.  I think they do best with a regular dose of a dilute liquid formulation.  In cool weather, morning sun is probably okay.  Don't be surprised if your Rex Begonias fade out a bit in the summer: they prefer cooler temps.  If you have them in pots, you can bring them in winter and summer, leaving them outside in the spring and fall.

There are a great many Rex Begonia cultivars -- look for them where florist-quality plants are sold.  This isn't your average bedding plant.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, they are stunning. And, since they look like human candy, I can see how they would become snail candy.