Thursday, October 6, 2022

In Praise of Angel Wings


Angel Wings Begonias, that is. 

When we moved from Tampa in 1975, my grandmother gave me starts from several of her plants (which had very likely come from Troy, Alabama, back in the Twenties), and these are the descendants. Almost fifty years later, they are still flourishing. Also known as Cane Begonias, these natives of Brazil's bamboo like stems can grow to ten feet

They winter in our little unheated green house and spend the summer in various pots on our various porches. They bloom profusely and grow and grow to the point that I usually cut back some of the more exuberant branches and, channeling my grandmother, stick then in a glass of water till they grow roots. Then I've got another pot of Angel Wings.


Their blooms are beautiful but, right now, it's the foliage that's spectacular, especially in the morning sun.

If there's anyone in my area who'd like to adopt a pot of Angel Wings, I'd be happy to share . . .


 

8 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

I do understand how such plants are meaningful treasures.

Marcia said...

They are lovely.

Sandra Parshall said...

Gorgeous color!

Susan M. said...

I've always loved them and would like to adopt one of these heirloom beauties. Such a generous offer. I admire how you have kept them going!

Barbara R. said...

Oh yes, I'd love to adopt one also...if Susan M. is the one I walked around the lake with yesterday, we can get together somehow. If not, I'm blackmtnbarb AT gmail. Let me know where I can come pick one up. Want a pretty coleus stem in exchange? I'm rooting about a dozen from my gorgeous plant this summer, multicolors!

Vicki Lane said...

Barb and Susan--perhaps we could meet in Marshall one day? I'll email you, Barb.

Susan M. said...

Barb yes I'm the one you walked with yesterday. Meeting in Marshall sounds good. Vicki,I'll bring some great moonflower seeds that you can start next spring.

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I haven't seen an Angel Begonia in years. Thank you for sharing yours with us through your blog.