If you are a regular reader, you know that camellias have consumed me. They have a long bloom period; you can have different varieties blooming from Thanksgiving until Spring is fading. The blooms do not last long when you cut them and bring them inside. But cut them, you will. What a pleasure to gaze on the curling and furling petals which surround the stamens that stand at attention with a determined upright stance and at times they appear to take on a life of their own. So I just learned how to preserve that moment when one bloom is at the height of its beauty. WAX IT!
A well-known and excellent grower in our area came to show us just how its done. We were thrilled with the results and the process was great fun! THERE WAS SOME WINE INVOLVED, but truly the fun was all in the doing.