Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Camellias

I forgot Mathotiana, which blooms early to late. Planted by Daddy Senior's sister about 35 years ago, it grew too large in a sheltered corner of the house. He moved it and it died in drought a few years ago. It grew back in the original site from a piece of the root. Right now the leaves are plagued with tea scale, but the flowers are still beautiful. My experience is that camellias out in the open are not plagued with disease and fungus as are the ones in sheltered areas where air circulation and sunlight are not adequate.

Here's a view of a little bird nest in the center, visible out the window. The birds have flown.


  1. Most camellia here are not pretty. They do not thrive.

    However, there is one, a giant RED camellia close to a falling down house on the way to the Cemetery at Inez. It is just starting to pop the blossoms open now, and in 2 or 3 weeks, it will be solid RED. Just absolutely glorious!

    I wonder what makes that camellia so wonderful, healthy and strong, with absolutely NO care, and those which have the benefit of good care and tender ministering just look awful?

    I love this pink camellia. Looks like it KNOWS it is gorgeous. And it is...

  2. Very pretty. I love the color. Sometimes Mother Nature knows better than we do and we must bend to her will. Obviously the birds agree.


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