November in my yard means the Camellias are coming! When we gardened in the Northeast, November meant clean up. A hard frost meant digging dahlias, cutting back perennials, leaving seed heads for the birds. But here in Georgia, we prepare for a glorious season of blooming camellias!
This week end I attended a meeting of the Coastal Georgia Camellia Society! Held at the Coastal Georgia Botanic Garden, it was difficult to go inside because the gardens there begged to be viewed!
Dr. Michael Poole, the President of the group, brought along some beautiful blooms to share.
Not only were they enticing, but it was a reminder that this is planting season! Now is the time to get out and see the blooms, and find a place for a new Camellia tree or shrub in the landscape! I have already planted two sasanquas, “Marshall” and finally taken the big step of planting the seedlings that I grew from seeds gathered during Hurricane Matthew (while visiting AikenSC).
We received a lesson on “gibbing.” Google that if you want to learn a secret on how to get the biggest and best blooms for show!
Come on Camellias, time to bloom…right through till Spring if you plant different varieties, according to bloom times!