One of my favorite summer flowers is the non-stop begonia. They like my part of Alaska, for one thing. I’m not sure whether it’s the cool temperatures, the long periods of light, the relatively mild sun (never much more that 45° above the horizon) or the low humidity, but they thrive here.
Then there are the colors. They come in every shade of red, white, pink, orange, yellow, apricot, salmon, blush — everything but blue. The colors are clear and brilliant, and glow against the dark green foliage.
I normally pair them with the blue and white bicolor lobelia, “Regatta Blue Splash.” The combination is ideal on the north side of the house, where both plants are happy.
I’ve been tempted to start them from seed. But the seeds are dust-fine, which means the seedlings are tiny and it takes months to grow them to flowering size. Since they’re widely available as plants, and my plant room in spring is invariably infested with bugs, why bother?
And I absolutely cannot resist photographing them.