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Six on Saturday – Guinness & Begonias

I’ve previously mentioned I write this primarily so that I can look back on events on my nursing home iPad in 2050.

15th August 2020.

There was very interesting and varying reaction to last week’s question about the seasons. This week I am firmly focused on summer as the Begonias continue to work their magic. The warm dry weather suits them very well and suits me too. My Six this week is top-heavy with a selection of Begonias, with just a few exceptions.

Be warned, áfach, that I’m proceeding with an alternative layout this week by writing the paragraph under the corresponding picture rather than above. I’ve seen this carried off well by some very impressive down-under Sixers recently. So, without further words, let’s canter on…


Having lost many corms last winter, I am left with just fourteen. There were forty-four, to the best of my recollection. However, let’s look on the bright side. This one survived, and is doing well in its container. I placed it among several rockery plants so that the pot is completely invisible. It’s working well as the roots are kept cool and watering is more manageable. I have many Begonias in pots around the garden and I like nothing better than swapping them regularly.


Here’s more of the same. The geranium in the foreground is finished flowering but the plant is beautiful even as a ground-cover, and the added begonia colour brings this area to life. Again, the pot is invisible and visitors (excluding readers here) think they’ve been there forever. Clarification: the Begonias, not the visitors. I keep meaning to do an online clarification course.


What a yucky photograph! I really should have got a better one, and now I can’t. This one, along with about a dozen various ones, is gone to a new temporary home for my niece’s wedding. I am unable to attend because of the pandemic, so I am thrilled that I shall be represented by my plants. Instead of the conversation being about the bride’s dress and my daring tie, the guests will be oohing and aahing about the cerise Begonia and others. In addition and freisin, excluding readers here, they won’t even know that it’s blurred. Begonia? Tie? Photograph? Never mind… I hope you both have a wonderful day, Laura & Shane.


I love the colours on this one. I love the open drooping habit and I love that it is ever so happy slightly hidden behind the Agapanthus. Truthfully, it’s impossible to hide anything behind this agapanthus because visitors (and readers here) can see through it. Furthermore the black pot is not invisible because it can be seen. That’s called a tautology. Begonia aga. tautologicus.


This wilting gladiolus was great last week. I am not impressed with these in pots and I’ll get them back into the ground next year. Apart from the sharp image of the wilting gladioli I do hope you’ll be as impressed as I am with the composition here. The sharp-eyed among us will notice that two of the photographs above are also within this one. This was completely intentional. No blurring of the mind would interfere with a master plan.


Finally and faoi dheireadh, I return once again to my daughter’s 2018 Christmas gift. It’s Acer Red Flamingo (Snakebark Maple), and brings me joy as I look at it every day. This one also brings me joy because it is the subject of one of my most favourite articles. Spoiler alert: there is mention of my joy when the American mid-term election results rolled in, marking the beginning of the end of “The Trump”. This lovely tree will last longer than lies and misinformation from across the Atlantic.

This Six on Saturday is a worldwide staple among garden bloggers. Six things, in our gardens, this week, every week. You can find out more about it here. You may read and follow, or like myself, you may choose to write and follow. Either way, it’s great fun!

For the benefit of readers who are not familiar with my articles, I’d like to mention that I generally include a few phrases in Irish, marked in italic, simply to raise awareness for my native language. I try to ensure the meaning is self-evident from the context. There’s also a little cartoon version of me sometimes. This has nothing to do with raising awareness of anything, and I’ll have to have a word with my editor if I appear too often. That’s it from Dungarvan this week. Wherever you are, I wish you well and hope to be back with you again soon. Slán go fóill.

STOP PRESS: Late edit after my first Guinness since March… I’ve previously mentioned I write this primarily so that I can look back on events on my nursing home iPad in 2050, so I want to wish my dear sister a relaxing holiday away in Donegal having taken such wonderful care of my mam since early March. Stay safe.


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0 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – Guinness & Begonias”

    1. Irregularly consistent! I shall stick with it for a while and see how it goes. Yes, that orangey-yellow is my wow-factor too.
      Have a great week, a chara.

  1. Wonderful showy and colourful plants.

    On another topic: Tá leath plan anseo éalú ón chathair agus taisteal chomh fada le Dún Garbhán chun béile a fháil sa siopa sceallóg sin, “Chips And….” Sea, gan dabht, beirt as ár meabhair!

    1. Áfach, níl a leithéid ann! Áthas orm a chur in úil dhuit gur “And Chips” atá ann.
      In normal circumstances, I would offer to meet & greet you. Another time, a chara. Hope you enjoy your visit to the Old Borough.

  2. Google Translate helps. I sometimes lapse into Welsh. We both predate those English forriners! I have wall planters around three sides of the house which get filled with tuberous begonias every year. Last year, for one reason or another, I didn’t get round to emptying 10 of them; another 5 were emptied and the corms properly dealt with. Forward to this year. The 10 are full of blooming begonias. Of the 50 (each planter holds 10) corms that were treated properly, only 5 woke up. I think I’ll be even lazier this year!

    1. Are the corms planted deep? I’m told they are best if top of the corm is exposed, yet wouldn’t seem to make sense if being wintered in situ.
      Many thanks for your observations. I shall consider leaning towards laziness.

    1. Merci, Fred. I am realising that Begonias in pots do not do best tightly packed against one another. They need space to spread in all directions. Right now I am tending to some this.
      I’m loving that these will last right through to the end of October, unlike the gladioli.

    1. Many thanks, a chara. We say here in Ireland “Go raibh maith agat”.
      Your begonia is aptly named, if nothing else! In these crazy times there are worse things than begonia-woe-syndrome.

    1. They likely will continue abundantly right through the autumn. At that point, I’m facing delemma about winter care. Anyways, thank you a chara. Hope you have a great week.

  3. The begonias are all so colourful, but the yellow/orange is a real eye-catcher. The soft lemony-yellow of the gladiolus appeals to me, I think that would work better in my garden than those I’ve grown this year.

    1. Thank you, Catherine. Seems that one is being voted numero uno.
      I am giving the gladiolus a second chance. It looked tatty last week and I snipped off the damaged flower heads. The new heads do look better.

  4. i’m becoming a big fan of begonias. i have a few in the border which are (allegedly) bone hardy plus a few tuberous ones that i might have to faff about with over the winter. i love your orangy-red one, that’s fab.

    1. Cheers, a chara. I’m coming round to idea that they are a bone-hardy plant & will take a chance with half of them this winter. The orangey-red is the clear winner!

  5. I love your writing so much! At first I thought your final photo was a really tall Begonia – so disappointing (not really) to read and see it’s just a maple. Did your heart drop when you realized you had lost so many Begonias? Yikes! What I really want to know: in your second photo, behind the Begonia – it looks like a stonecrop/sedum that I have. A friend gave me a sprig a few years ago and it’s spreading like crazy. Do you know the name?
    Google says this means have a good week: bíodh seachtain mhaith agat! ?

    1. Thank you so much, Chris. I’ve mentioned before that I do like when others like my writing, yet primarily it is therapy for myself.
      Yes, I had a huge collection and lost most of it. But, in a crazy world, there are worse things.
      I’m afraid I don’t know the sedum name, Chris. Other than that it’s a great evergreen filler for little corners.
      Bíodh seachtain maith agat freisin! 🇮🇪

  6. I’m getting to this post almost a month later, but appreciate it greatly nonetheless. Moving your begonias around in pots is brilliant. Like others, the orangey one stands out beautifully to me. I had such luck with my first foray into begonias this year that I’m hooked and will dig the 20+ (all one picotee variety ‘Rosebud’ in the U.S.) then dry, overwinter, and replant. Do you find that the corms get much bigger from year to year, or do you divide them to create the largest plants?

    1. Timeless! From one hooked begonia guy to another, begonias are magic.
      I’m not yet expert on overwintering the corms but yes they are usually best divided after a few years.

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