Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Grandmother's Camellias

Are just beginning to bloom.



The flowers will be more noticeable as the season progresses and now that many of the shrubs have had their vining shrouds removed.











Every old garden needs another new camellia, a gift for the resident gardeners from their gardening son.





There are more. I saw an unopened white one out there and several others still tightly budded.

10 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Hi Christopher - just read about the intruders vining around the Florida garden. Seeing these rescued camellias reminds me of the old book the Secret Garden where the patient removal of weeds and vines reveals the bones of the old garden. You are the hero of this story!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Siria said...

The hero indeed! Those camellias are gorgeous!

As I walk around my forest here, I keep thinking about your comments in previous posts about "tyding up the forest". I'm not sure it will ever get done here. But little by little we will get close.

Enjoy your visit and your family!

Wesley Jeanne said...

We had a line of camellias at our old house in Raleigh--they were 12 ft tall and bloomed twice a year. I always loved their sweet, old fashioned scent. I wish I had some here in the mountains.

lola said...

Those are lovely pics of the Camellias. Mine is blooming now. It is pink. I had brought it back from Ga. several yrs ago. I'm thinking it has some kind of virus as the leaves look sun burned. Will have to check it out as I would hate to loose it.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I just love Camillias. They look like roses to me. I don't get to see them often as they don't grow here.

Phillip said...

They are so beautiful. I can't wait for mine to start blooming.

Cheryl said...

I love camellias.

I'd never heard of air potatos. I wondered if they were related to mirliton. Shrimp & mirliton dressing is always on my mind this time of year (yum), but yams & gourds don't have much in common.

Mirliton is the Louisiana name for vegetable pear. South of the border, it's called chayote.

Kate said...

Beautiful.

Kim said...

Christopher, the camellias are lovely.

lisa said...

Wow...exquisite! Some look like waterlilies, and some like peonies....very cool.