Monthly Archives: April 2013

What is it About Camellias That Makes Them So Special?

I was thinking about this, and for me it’s many things:

Number one, they are fairly hardy plants.  As long as you water them, check on them periodically for common pests and diseases ( I will address these issues later in other posts in the future), and occasionally feed them, they will continue to grow and bloom beautiful flowers for you to enjoy every year.

Number two, camellias have varying sizes and shapes. Some get really big, tree like big. Some stay small, shrub like small.  You can shape them with shears anyway you prefer.  I personally like their natural shape, but pruning is always fine to do if needed, just keep in mind that It’s always better to prune after the blooms have died off, and/or if there is a dead branch, limb or leaves on it.

Number three, many camellias, called sasanquas, will start blooming beginning in the early Fall and through the Winter months. I always found this amazing when I first discovered camellias! Flowers blooming happily throughout the morning and day when it is 40 degrees and raining!  Before learning about camellias, I’d  thought all flowers just died, or went into a dead like hibernation state during the Fall and Winter months. Not so. Not with with camellias!  We currently carry several beautiful sasanquas varieties now.  One of personal favorites is called, “Chisato-No-Aki“.

Chisato-No-Aki' camellia. 12-17-12 moto_0237

It’s a gorgeous white, and the flower is a medium size peony-formal shape.  One of my other sasanquas favorites that we now carry is called a “Frost Princess“.  It’s a lightish pink color with a yellow stamen in the center, similar to the Chisato-No-Aki.   See my photo below.

' Frost Princess' Camellia 12-15-12-'moto_0221

Number four, the incredible variety of colors!  With camellias, you get a huge selection of varying shades of reds, pinks, whites, red and white variegated, pink and white variegated, striped colors, yellows, solid colors, some have spots of a different color on the bloom. Some camellias have almost a purplish hue, some white camellias have a pinkish hue. The color wheel of varying shades is amazing!  They are all so very unique.  Just like people. :-)

 

Yellow Camellias

All my yellow, ‘Lemon Glow’ japonica camellias are blooming, and look beautiful!

The ‘Lemon Glow’ usually begins blooming beginning around late December to mid-January months, and will continue blooming until the early to mid Spring season.  They are slow growers, meaning they don’t glow quickly, and are relatively small in size.  The flower size is @ 3 to 4 inches across, and they are a double formal shape.

They are all healthy, and cold hardy, and ready to go to new loving homes.  :-)   I will post more photos of all of my camellias soon.