by Laura Crum
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I like my garden almost as much as I like my horses. I am pretty passionately devoted to my horses, but I love the garden, too, and believe it or not, there are days when I choose not to ride in order to spend what spare time I have puttering around the garden-- watering, maybe planting something, and just watching the plants and enjoying them (I watch the horses, too). The funny thing is that, over the years, I’ve noticed that lots of other horse people like gardens and plants. So today I’m going to deviate from our regular programming to bring you something different. Something about plants. (OK—maybe most have of you have clicked the little X by now).
For those who are left with me, plants are not as boring as they sound. In fact, I find plants endlessly interesting and entertaining. But then, I come from a plant loving family. My family has been raising plants for a living for four generations now. And I met my husband because he was the plant breeder for our family business. And not just any sort of plants. Tuberous begonias.
For those who do not know what tuberous begonias are, here are a few photos. A picotee begonia on my back porch..
My very young son smelling a scented begonia.
My front porch with pots of blooming begonias and freesias.
Our family in the begonia fields.
My son grew up with the begonia fields as part of his life, even as horses have been a constant part of his life. Not a bad combination, do you think?
See what I mean? Begonias are not boring. They are spectacular!
If you’re not yet convinced, here are a few more photos.
Scarlet begonias on my back porch (remember the Grateful Dead song?).
My son in the endless, mist-covered begonia fields.
Same kid a couple years later walking the furrows of the fields on a sunny day.
A red Lace begonia.
A picotee begonia named “Sunset Shades” blooming in November on my front porch.
Ruffled picotee blossoms—a new cross!
Ok, hopefully you are all begonia fans at this point. Which brings me to the point of this post. My husband, Andy Snow, who bred and grew all the begonias in these photos, has started his own blog, called “Begonias in the Mist.” Its not a how-to blog—its more about inspirations, insights, philosophy and beauty—all of which come up when you spend a long time involved with living creatures, plants and horses included. As the song “Scarlet Begonias” says, “You get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right..”
If any of this sounds interesting to you, check out Andy’s blog. He would love to have you leave a comment. Begonias in the Mist
As for me, I love my horses and my garden…and the begonias are one of my favorite plants.