“Pretty Begonia Leaves”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Friday was our first brush with a frost. While the neighbors’ roofs had a thin covering of white, the temperature at our house only went down to 35 degrees. Because we have so many trees, our property is its own little microclimate, and temperatures are often a few degrees warmer than houses nearby. Of course, living in a milder climate means that not only do temperatures not get that cold, but temperatures do not stay low for very long. Even during most freezes, it will dip to freezing or just below for only a very few hours. This is why so many tender perennials can survive a winter here.
There are not many flowers out now, so having some foliage plants around makes for spots of color. My rex begonias have spent the summer on the back patio, but I’ll soon have to move them to a sheltered location, maybe the front porch. While most plants are still green (we really don’t have much fall color here) or not blooming, the rex begonias have become a colorful attraction.
It won’t be long before everything will seem to be red and green with Christmas just around the corner, but, for now, let’s take a moment to enjoy the soft colors of these pretty begonia leaves.