Carol Pruitt, one of several friends to whom I passed along this popular plant, makes art – in photography and flower arranging. (That term is too restrictive, as she uses more of nature than just flowers in her arrangements.) A while back I featured some of her creations in this post.
Now, she is using the hardy begonia’s blooms and leaves to create art that is not only exquisite, but also evocative of autumn’s bountiful harvest. Take a look:
|All photographs by Carol Pruitt|
Recently, Carol bought a new container, using it for the arrangements below. The container "inspired me," she says, because "it allows for a larger, bold statement." That statement includes dahlia blooms, whose strong colors contrast nicely with the begonia's delicate ones.
Begonia grandis, in pink and white, has one of the longest shows in the garden, even though it dies all the way back in winter, and its leaves peek from the ground later than many perennials.
Once it gets going, it sure makes up for lost time. Impressive blooms, colorful, heavily veined leaves light up many a garden.
With autumn aflame and winter clearing its throat, soon the seed pods will dry and rattle when brushed. Then, the elegant images of Carol's arrangements will be all that is left of this grand begonia.
What a way to go.