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Camellias

camelliasI adore my camellias. When all else in my garden is going into their usual autumn/winter slumber, these lovely beauties add splashes of brilliant color into the backyard and lift my spirits! :-) With their delicate rose like petals, they are a sight to behold. Especially if you have done as I have, planted them as a screen next to my fence to screen off the neighbors. Don’t be fooled by their delicate blooms, camellias (especially the sasanquas) are hardy plants and once established with flourish even with the harshest of treatments. Whilst most camellias prefer a semi-shade position, sasanquas can take more sun that the other varieties (ie your japonicas and reticulatas) and tend to be hardier than most. The choices that you have are endless, with single petal varieties, double petal varieties, blush varieties (with faint hints of pink with white) etc…

The most wide known camellia (if you don’t already know it) is actually Camellia senensis and if you haven’t already guessed, that’s tea – yup, your tea leaves. Camellias are surface fibrous rooted plants and they adore acid soils so add plenty of cow manure and pine bark and they’ll bloom year after year for you.

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