|'Mathotiana' Camellia Japonica|
|Mathotiana up close.|
Mathotiana was released by Flowerwood Nursery of Alabama in 1951. Blooms are light crimson with sometimes a purple cast when the weather is cold.
Tight buds ensure that replacements are available if a freeze browns open blossoms.
When I went to the mailbox I scouted to see what might be open for Bloom Day. Old fashioned white petunias south of the concrete carport ledge; tiny blossoms of Tea Olive Osmanthus fragrans, red Shrimp Plant in protected places and scattered fringes of loropetalum are all in bloom now.
Maybe I'll get out Peter Loewer's book on Planning and Planting for the Southeast. In the fall I had my sights on indoor flowers for Christmas and the dreary days of January to follow. Christmas is covered with Amaryllis, paperwhite Narcissus and Christmas Cactus.
Paperwhites in the greenhouse are outdistanced by those in
the house, which have formed buds.
earlier this week. Those in pinch vases have green tips and
some long roots forming.
Today I brought tulips out of the chill where they spent 10 weeks in preparation for winter bloom. He-who-mows ordered me an electric kettle for preparing tea and hot cocoa mix. January and February may be cold and dreary but we'll be cheered by blossoms with our tea.
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