Pretty in Pink

Pink Begonias. Along a moist, shaded path in my garden grows the flowering hardy begonia. Freeze tolerance is a rare thing amongst begonias, but this East Asian native never got the memo.  Leaves are olive-green on top and pinkish below and marked with prominent carmine red veins. The 6 to 8 inch long leaves have the typical asymmetrical base found in all begonias.  The soft, pink flowers are produced in open, pendant panicles at the ends of the cane in late summer.

Story behind this beauty. About to be thrown away in a dumpster. I carefully picked up this poor potted plant. With barely a trace of life, I gave it a much needed TLC. The first couple weeks looks hopeless, but four months after; it bloomed to perfection. From grotesque to an object of beauty. The vibrant pink flowers says it all.

The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. – Henry Miller –

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10 comments

  1. thess · July 24, 2007

    Because of your TLC, look at her now!

    Perfect ‘model’, ain’t she?

  2. sardonicnell · July 24, 2007

    she sure is a “model.” im just happy i was able to revive this poor plant to life =)

  3. micheleroohani · July 24, 2007

    hi,

    i like your picture but isn’t this a geranium?

  4. sardonicnell · July 25, 2007

    thank you michele! thanks for visiting =)

  5. thess · July 25, 2007

    Hi again. Just wanna say I tagged you, please visit my blog. Thanks and have a fine day!

  6. sardonicnell · July 26, 2007

    hi thess! thanks for the tag. we’ll do mine soon as i get a self pic, hehehe. have a good day!

  7. eric aka senor enrique · July 26, 2007

    Beautiful colors … textures … contrast … and composition.

    A perfect photograph 🙂

  8. sardonicnell · July 26, 2007

    thank you, eric! your kind words made my heart swell =) thanks for the visit.

  9. thess · July 27, 2007

    Oh thank you dear for entertaining the meme. No rush, this is for fun so do it at your own pace.

    again thanks…and you have a good weekend…and I hope you’ll take lots of photos too 😉

  10. sardonicnell · July 27, 2007

    thanks again, thess!

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