Planting Wax Begonias in the Garden

Posted by F&S

We, Frenchies, like to keep the gardens looking good for as long as possible.  After the spring-flowering plants have faded away, we look to robust annuals to take their places in the borders.  Wax begonias are a really good choice.

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You know, Sharkey - the garden looks great, but there's always room for improvement.  I think a border of wax begonias would really add a nice touch.

1 You know, Sharkey - the garden looks great, but there's always room for improvement. I think a border of wax begonias would really add a nice touch.

Great idea, Fanny!  Wax begonias, or fibrous begonias, are annuals that are known for their uniform size and shapeliness.

2 Great idea, Fanny! Wax begonias, or fibrous begonias, are annuals that are known for their uniform size and shapeliness.

I'll start digging holes with the trowel.  These plants perform best in rich and well-drained soil, which is what we have here at the farm.

3 I'll start digging holes with the trowel. These plants perform best in rich and well-drained soil, which is what we have here at the farm.

This versatile begonia is known for producing nonstop flowers in bright or shady locations.

4 This versatile begonia is known for producing nonstop flowers in bright or shady locations.

That's right, Sharkey!  They're also weather-resistant and perfect for use in edgings, mass plantings, window boxes, and other planters.  They can even be grown indoors!

5 That's right, Sharkey! They're also weather-resistant and perfect for use in edgings, mass plantings, window boxes, and other planters. They can even be grown indoors!

Wax begonias come in many colors such as white, red, and pink.  And their waxy leaves are green, bronze, or brownish.

6 Wax begonias come in many colors such as white, red, and pink. And their waxy leaves are green, bronze, or brownish.

Only a few more to go.  Keep digging, Sharkey!

7 Only a few more to go. Keep digging, Sharkey!

Phew!  I'm starting to get a little tired!

8 Phew! I'm starting to get a little tired!

Look at what a great job we did!

9 Look at what a great job we did!

After all that planting, I think it's time for a nap.

10 After all that planting, I think it's time for a nap.

Comments (12)

  • Hello Ladies,
    And welcome back everyone!!! I hope you ladies had a nice vacation. I missed everyone and am so anxious to hear the goings on for the past week. Begonias are really beautiful, but Mom tried to plant either things from her greenhouse or a few sunflowers. She is nuts for them. I have been resting and relaxing in this horrible heat. We are supposed to get a little rain break come the middle of the week.I bet by now Maddox you are moved to your summer home and Kirby is back from vacation. Zoe it is nearing your birthday. Any special happenings? I can hardly wait to check back later and hear from everyone--glad Shoeboy is back.Rocky, Delia, Sopie, Dudley and all the gang I missed you. Ladies, I bet I know it was toooo hot for poor G.K. with all his fur to be planting. My favorite is the last photo--r and r. Take care all!!
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • F & S - glad to see you are back. I hope everyone who helps you at the DW had a nice week off.

    Looks like you were busy planting begonias, my mom has those planted in the front gardens and they really look nice.

    Nothing new to report from South Jersey just hot and humid days. I did get a nice surprise from Basil he sent me a beautiful black collar and it fits perfect. Your mom might want to talk to his mom about adding those to her PetSmart line - it is really a nice leather collar I just love it :)

    Have a great day everyone!!

    Zoe

  • Hey, the crew and pups are back!

    Two weeks ago I planted a whole bunch of these begonias...pink and white ones. I was so pleased after all that work, the next morning I look out and all the pink ones were gone...needless to say I was upset, guess someone made a meal out of them. Now if you pups were here you could have chased away the critters that ate my flowers. ;)

  • Welcome back, girlfriends. I was wondering if another reason you picked begonias was to celebrate no longer being gone ("be gone" - "begonias" - get it?). I know you're clever! Stay cool!

  • Welcome back everyone! I hope the Daily Wag crew who does a lovely job of keeping things going had a nice relaxing time away.

    You two did a very nice job planting the begonias. I especially enjoyed photo #2 of the two of you having a 'philosophical debate' on how they should be planted. I agree with Basil, it's way too hot for GK to be out there planting. Whew!

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K., It is so great that you are back on your beautiful blog posting for us to see more of the terrific jobs that you do! These photos are absolutely beautiful and your comments are very interesting! Those begonias are lovely! It is so much fun to read the great comments from all of you fabulous followers,too! Basil, you certainly sound like you are so much healthier now! I thank our Dear God that you are doing better and so is everyone else! Sure hope all of you have another wonderful day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Your border of flowers looks like soilders all lined up.... how about another row set between the first row so that the border looks more natural, but still neat and tidy...

  • Hi everyone!
    Girls, the begonias look great! Mimi & I planted red and white this year. They make the tomatoe bed look pretty.
    Zoe's birthday? When's that? Good golly Basil, you are really on top of it all. That's Great!
    Delia, I can't imagine what ate you pink flowers, maybe baby bunnies..they are nothing but trouble!
    Not much new here, like Zoe, we have heat & humidity.
    Stay cool all,
    Rebel

  • My apologies to Sonya--I put your name as Sophie. I was so happy to be hearing everyone's news I just lost my head. I love you lots Sonya. Please forgive me.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • The garden is beautiful and the nap looks well deserved!

    woos, Tessa

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well welcome back everyone. I made it back from vacation only to find you were away too. Now that you’re back things will be getting back to normal again. What’s normal for you too is “way out” for most everyone else. I can’t plant Wax begonias here because the sun would melt the wax. What’s that Daddy; the Wax begonia is the name and they are not made out of wax. Well, well, I don’t know what to say. Guess I goofed up on that one. My vacation was going really good until we were about 40 miles from home. The tread on one of the trailer tires came off. Did a little damage but everyone was ok. The trailer can be fixed but people can not be fixed easily. I had to put my paws together and give thanks for that.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • ..hmmm..didn't know you should plant flowers and not dig them up..maybe that is where this cattle dog has gone wrong in the garden, must tell my pal, the Rototiller in Henderson, Nv., no digging!!!..rather a fall day here in the Willapa Hills..later..

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