If Valentines became flowers, they would be Camellias.
As February draws to a close, so does the Camellia season. Even here in New England, where one must grow Camellias under glass, the season remains the same. I thought that I would just share some of the highlights from this years' Camellia season in my greenhouse, since many of the plants bloomed for the first time, after I had added about 20 new varieties to the collection last autumn. The plants, most potted in large tubs and clay pots, will only become better over the years since these are long lived shrubs and trees. They will live as long as I will, or as long as I can afford to heat the greenhouse!
The anemone form is unique, as can be seen in this tufted-style blossom. This variety, named 'Litstick' is smaller than other Camellias but makes a beautiful small shrub for a pot.
Finlandia variegated, demonstrates how a white camellia that has a genentic trait for streaking can create a new cultivar. There is 'Finlandia' and then there is 'Finlandia variegated", a peppermint stripped variety that I cannot resist!
The classic iconic Rose Form. This form is my favorite, for there is nothing else like it in the plant world. They look like silk flowers from a Nineteenth Century millinery shop.
My happiest surprise this year? The variety named 'HighFragrance', can you guess why? Like lemon custard scented baby powder. Upon entering the warm humid greenhouse in a snowstorm, I could just eat it up!