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.

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.

Pádraig,

15th August 2020.