Monday, November 9, 2009

Fall camellias

I hate to sound like a broken record but I LOVE CAMELLIAS!

Right now, the sasanqua camellias are blooming. These are fall bloomers and their flowers are not as large and showy as the japonica camellias which bloom in late winter and early spring. The sasanquas have a delicate beauty about them with fragile blossoms that are quick to shatter if disturbed.

This first photo is of "Bonanza" that is planted by the back door steps. This was one of the first camellias I ever planted. It is about 10 years old. It always blooms in late October. I've never had success in getting a close-up photo because the color (a bright fushcia) is hard to capture with a digital camera.



"Cleopatra" - pale, delicate pink, crepe-like flowers.



"Chansonette" - I just planted this one last year and was excited to see it blooming when we returned from vacation last week.



"Pink Icicle" is a hybrid camellia with pink, peony-like flowers. This is one of the hardier varieties that does well farther north.



A dream of mine is to one day visit the Camellia Forest Nursery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There are a few camellias that I'd love to find - "Ville de Nantes", "E.G. Waterhouse" and "Donation". If you know a source for these, do let me know.

24 comments:

  1. Phillip they are beautiful. Especially the one that looks like crepe. Isn't it nice to find new flowers on returning from vacation. Have a great day.

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  2. Beautiful aren't they.

    I don't have anything blooming in the garden now, so slightly jealous!

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  3. Those are lovely. Of course we can't grow them here so I just enjoy the ones you southern gardeners grow.
    Marnie

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  4. How wonderful, you are soooo lucky to have all those lovely blooms!
    (sigh)
    Tyra

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  5. That's OK, Phillip, we all have *I HATE BUCKTHORN* our little broken record rants. At least yours is *I HATE BUCKTHORN* positive! And since camellias don't grow here, I'm always happy to see them in any *I HATE BUCKTHORN* season! ;-)

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  6. I too am jealous! I am in Indiana and we are done for the year, but your blooms are lovely. I visited Leu Gardens in Orlando last March and they had lovely Camellias in bloom. Wow, enjoy them!

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  7. Phillip, I love the classic 'window pane' fence. It is so California arts and crafts.

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  8. I love camellias too! they never get old!

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  9. I didn't even know Camellias existed until a few days ago. They're really nice and thanks for sharing!

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  10. My last camera really took bad photos of red flowers, now the new camera is not a problem. A very handy improvement for camellia time. I am so glad I live somewhere that these beauts can grow.

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  11. Camellia Forest is less than an hour from me, I should go -- or perhaps not. ;)

    Your Camellias are beautiful!

    Try emailing brenda near eno on the Carolina Gardening Forum on GardenWeb: she found a Villes des Nantes.

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  12. They are so so lovely....and who wouldn't love those beautiful pink flowers! Excellent photos Phillip! gail

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  13. Ah Phillip, they are exquisite. I was thrilled to see you got Chansonette. That is one that has grown well, if slowly for me when all others have died. The flowers are like I imagine a fairy princess dress would be, all delicate layers of shades of pink. Yummy! :-)
    Frances

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  14. Years ago every Friday morning on my drive to work I listened to a Sports announcer named Red Barber. He lived in Tallahassee FL. While I wasn't a great sports fan I loved his commentary because he was such a wonderful speaker and would throw in all sorts of interesing tidbits of information about various subjects. He had a great love of Camillias. He would rhapsodize about Camilias occasionally. Being from much farther north and not ever having seen such a flower I didn't understand his passion. Now that I have seen your photos and my gardening sense has been expanded I can appreciate his affection for this plant. These plants well deserve their fans.

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  15. Are those ever pretty! Do any of them have a fragrance? I saw some at a nursery this weekend and one had the best scent. I only have japonicas so I'll have to wait, luckily they both have lots of buds.

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  16. Hello Phillip, your camelias are wonderful and the pictures too!!!
    My camelias are just gone but roses are blooming all over. It´s springtime here in Chile.
    Muchos cariños
    María Cecilia

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  17. I think you're blog is great and I just love your pictures. You're yard is beautiful! If you have any hints on how to prepare a new flower bed, I think that would make a great post.

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  18. Gorgeous!

    I will be trying to replant our camelia shortly- I think it's getting way too much sun (and is just in a terrible spot... but I didn't plant it!).

    Gorgeous. So fun to be able to have flowers in the fall/winter.

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  19. Such beautiful flowers. So is your camellia count rivaling your rose count yet? :-) Love your new header photo.

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  20. Lovely Phillip... I love the first shot especially... so delicate. I love love camellias too!

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  21. Phillip, I have a camellia question: I have a spot at the lake (Shoals Creek) very near the water--it gets strong afternoon sun (Western exposure) but sun is filtered up til about mid-day. I would like to plant camellias there that will grow fairly large to screen the area below a deck which is built there. I do have irrigation--do you think they will do well there, and what varieties would you favor? Thanks for your great blog! I am a newcomer to it.

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  22. Thanks for visiting Lilcharlotte! Camellias usually prefer some shade - how much sun do they actually receive? There are lots of good varieties - send me a personal email and I'll send you more details.

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  23. You've got some beauties, Phillip! I didn't meet Camellias until we moved here, and at first only knew them from plants at a nursery rather than in anyone's garden. The first one I saw outside was 20-feet tall in Seattle ...not exactly in the South, was it!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

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  24. Phillip,

    Been taken in by camellias in fact we bought 8 different new ones this fall. Your Pink Icicle is a new one to me, the rest you posted are in bloom right now at Sarah P Duke Gardens, I took photos there of 35 different camellias in bloom a week ago and posted them to my site.

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