Begonias Venice Balcony

BEGONIAS VENICE BALCONY
DIGITAL WATERCOLOR PAINTING BY DEBRA CHMELINA
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Pretty balcony in Venice, Italy spilling over with bright pink begonias. These flowers love the mild climate of Italy and can be seen climbing up and over trellises with their tendrils as well as cascading over balconies such as the one depicted in my painting. This window and others like it can be seen on Fondamenta Del Traghetto.
About begonias

The different groups of begonias have different cultural requirements, but most species come from tropical regions, so they and their hybrids require warm temperatures. Most are forest understory plants and require bright shade; few will tolerate full sun, especially in warmer climates. In general, they require a well-drained growing medium that is neither constantly wet nor allowed to dry out completely. Many begonias will grow and flower year-round except for the tuberous kind, which usually have a dormant period. During this dormant period, the tubers can be stored in a cool, dry place. Begonias of the semperflorens group (or wax begonias) are frequently grown as bedding plants outdoors. A recent group of hybrids derived from this group is marketed as "Dragonwing" begonias; they are much larger both in leaf and in flower. Tuberous begonias are frequently used as container plants. Although most Begonia species are tropical or subtropical in origin, the Chinese species B. grandis is hardy to USDA hardiness zones 6 and is commonly known as the "hardy begonia". Most begonias can be grown outdoors year-round in subtropical or tropical climates, but in temperate climates, begonias are grown outdoors as annuals, or as house or greenhouse plants.

Most begonias are easily propagated by division or from stem cuttings. In addition, many can be propagated from leaf cuttings or even sections of leaves, particularly the members of the rhizomatous and rex groups.

Because of their sometimes showy flowers of white, pink, scarlet, or yellow color and often attractively marked leaves, many species and innumerable hybrids and cultivars are cultivated. The genus is unusual in that species throughout the genus, even those coming from different continents, can frequently be hybridized with each other, and this has led to an enormous number of cultivars. The American Begonia Society classifies begonias into several major groups:

  • cane-like
  • shrub-like
  • rhizomatous
  • semperflorens (wax or fibrous rooted)
  • Rex
  • trailing-scandent
  • thick-stemmed and tuberous


Source: Wikipedia
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