Monday, November 22, 2010

Camellia "Snow Flurry"




I can usually find something exciting in every gardening season. As winter approaches, the anticipation for camellias builds. Sasanqua camellias bloom in the fall and the showier japonica types will begin blooming in January and continue through early spring.


One of the earliest to bloom is the hybrid "Snow Flurry". It has been blooming now for weeks in our garden. The exquisite camellia is often regarded as a deep south plant but hybridizers continue to work on pushing the envelope. As a result, more cold hardier varieties have been introduced so gardeners farther north can enjoy these beauties as well. "Snow Flurry" is hardy to zone 6.


"Snow Flurry" was released in 1986 by the National Arboretum and it is advertised as one of the most cold hardy camellias available. This is one of the few camellias that I planted on the north side of the house and knock wood, it is thriving nicely.


The pure white anenome type blossoms are rather delicate and shatter easily. This makes them tricky to work with for flower arrangements. It gets an A+ in the landscape, however, and the beautiful flowers are a most welcome treat this time of year.




Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

12 comments:

  1. I've tried and failed with this one three times! Adding insult to injury is the fact that one of my gardening friends has one that's at least 12 feet tall!

    I'm happy to enjoy it vicariously in your garden!

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  2. Hi Phillip, I just found you through a search for Alabama gardens on botanical.com. Boy do I need to keep up with your blog! I moved to Alabama from northern NY in April of 09 and have a LOT to learn! And this looks like the place for me to get an education! What a great spot and I look forward to going back in time. Thanks!

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  3. I will never forget the first time I saw some camellias. It was winter and I had gone south for some reason. We stopped at a rest area and there were camillias blooming. I wondered what kind of roses they were. Ha... Love seeing yours.

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  4. They certainly fill a gap in the garden this time of year. I love the way they just up and surprise you one day when walking through the garden. I kind of forget they are there. But not now!!

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  5. Nice! I just added two 'Winter Snowman' camellias this year. I can't wait to see the blooms!

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  6. That is a beautiful camellia, and perfectly named!

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  7. Your photos are delightful.
    C. sasanqua marks the beginning of the winter garden. I have the older white, here for 50 years and now a tree form. It has a delightful tea fragrance as well as that daily carpet of petals underneath.

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  8. I trimmed our Camelia bushes way back late in the summer and was not expecting many blooms. Whoa, I am surprised to have plenty white blooms! And so far no cold to turn them brown! So beautiful...

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  9. I think these sasanqua camellias are as beautiful as shrub roses yet more precious because of the time of year they bloom. Nothing lifts my spirits more in these days of limited light.

    Is this an Ackerman Hybrid?

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  10. Lovely. I have a special affinity for white flowers, and this one is great for the late fall.

    Jan
    Always Growing

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  11. I could not imagine a garden without a sasanqua or two.

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  12. It is always so hard to choose from all the great camellias out there but this type of bloom (not to mention the timing) adds it to the near-top of my list. thanks so much for the rec!

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