Showing posts with label camellias. Show all posts
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January 8, 2011

Camellia's on a Snowy Day

It's a very snowy weekend here in New England, and we are expected to have almost constant snowfall from Friday night, until Sunday night.  Accumulation is expected to be less than 5 inches, because it is a very light snow. Very cold and pretty outside, in the greenhouse, it feels more like a cloudy day in Tokyo. Here are some new camellia images, with some new varieties blooming for the first time today.
Camellia japonica 'Margaret Davis', a lovely bicolored blossom with a striped edge. The pink color is almost florescent.
Camellia 'Lipstick', this odd blossom is referred to as an anemone-form.

The Japanese are currently in love with this crested floral form, which they call BOKUHAN, most growers refer to this floral form as 'anemone form'.  This variety, 'Lipstick' is a new addition to my collection, and this is its first blossom of the year. It's a very young plant from a cutting.
Camellia 'Silver Tower', a form that the Japanese call HAGOROMO. Hagoromo means 'feathered robe' or 'celestial robe'.

Camellia lutchuensis, a fragrant species in its pure form, collected in China. This blossom is less than an inch long.

Hardy Japanese forest bamboo, Sasa vietchii holds the snow well. With only a few inches expected today, the snow remains on the flexible leaves. This bamboo looks best in the garden in early winter.
A Higo-type camellia, with its huge boss of stamens seems to be waiting for the winter sunshine before it decides to open on this chilly, snowy, day.

A Camellia bud opens on a larger shrub, planted in the ground in the greenhouse. I've found that the camellia's that are planted into the soil, do better than the potted ones; they grow faster, and stronger. Many Nineteenth Century heated greenhouses in New England had large camellias planted in the soil for use as winter corsage material for winter weddings and for the local florist trade.

February 14, 2010

Oh, Saint Valentine

Around Valentines day, the tipping point happens - for by mid-February, the sun begins to feel stronger. One notices the days staying longer, ( it's light out when I leave work now), and the plants all seem to know that spring is coming, for suddenly, buds start to swell, and many plants begin new growth. This is Camellia season, both in California and under glass in the cold, snowy north. So on this St. Valentines Day, I simply will share some images of what is in bloom today.
The Vireya crossed made with x 'Saint Valentines Day', are all good bloomers, and this one, which has lost its tag, is appropriately in full bloom.
The Hobby Greenhouse Association of Massachusetts had their garden tour in our greenhouse yesterday, we all had a good time and thankfully, it was sunny. This Acacia pravissima caused some chatter, since it looks very much in like many Acacias one sees in northern greenhouses.

The mid-season Cyclamen species are starting to bloom, here, a cute tiny C. trochopteranthum blooms in an alpine pan. This relatively new to cultivation, species comes from a limited area in south-west Anatolia, Turkey. It was first classified as C. alpinum, but recently the Cyclamen Society is researching wild populations to clear-up this muddled genus, with the first task of clearing up the taxonomy within this species where there seems to be two variants. Which ever one I have, it clearly is not as floriferous as some of the photos I've seen in England, but, then again, I don't fuss over mine that much.
One of my new Japanese Azaleas, Azalea kurume from Nuccio's Nursery in California is starting to bloom, the color is perfectly purple.
The Correa Western Pink, that I brought back from Oregon last March, is still in bloom. I don't think that there was a day all year, that this shrub from Chile didn't have flowers on it.

A Pink single Camellia from Japan.

The single Camellia's are all blooming a bit late, this one blooms more typically at the Holidays.
Camellia 'Silver Chalice"
This one looks big, but the flower is the size of a nickle. The species form from China of Camellia lutchuensis. It's fragrant, too!
Oxalis purpurea 'Peach'


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