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Camellia Bloom is Spectacular 2016

May 19, 2016
Camellia Japonica Flower. The first for the 2016 season.

Camellia Japonica Flower. The first for the 2016 season.

In my teenage years I came across a flower I then thought was the most spectacular flower I had ever seen. It was a pink Camellia Japonica and although at the time I did nothing further I have felt the same ever since.

Like many others I purchased a plant, when I was in my twenties and planted it without any thought to its special needs, eg acid soil. It gradually died and I thought it was just too difficult.

In my thirties I again had the opportunity to buy one but this time I researched its needs and planted one in a pot with acid potting mix and it thrived for several years, blooming beautifully. Unfortunately a divorce saw that one come to grief.

It took me several more years before I was again in a position to devote some care to a Camellia and now I again have a plant in full flower with just the same effect on me that I felt in my youth. Today that Camellia Japonica is in bloom and it looks just lovely.

I think it is the formal shape of the flower, perfection in shape and depth of colour that inspires me!

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – October 2012

October 9, 2012

This is the list of flowers in bloom in my garden in October this year. I will add to this as I survey my various gardens.

My garden is in the driest state of Australia – South Australia. We enjoy a Mediterranean Climate with wet winters and hot dry summers with a long autumn and short spring.

I recently joined the blogging group known as Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. On the 15th of each month you upload your photo report of what is flowering now.

Powtons (Paulonia) in full flower on the north side of the house. They are a fantastic tree flowering like this for about a month and then offering dense shade throughout summer.

Powton (paulonia) in full flower on the south side of the house October 2012.

Another view of paulonia in flower on the north side of the house October 2012.

Argyranthemum Maderense flowering in front of Echium Piniana Candicans Hybrid in the Powton Garden, October 2012.

Convolvulus Sabaticus flowering superbly in the Dry Garden after being planted for 12 months. This has only received a splash from the birdbath for the entire time it has been in the dry garden. In that time it has spread well, is very dense and covered in flowers and seems to love living at the base of a large eucalypt tree.

Echeveria ruffles. Although not actually in flower it is making an attractive display in front of the verandah wall. I purchased two of these at a garage sale in September for $10 each. They are in identical concrete pots which are worth more than that each. The pagoda concrete ornament was purchased at auction for $8.

In Flower September 2012

September 9, 2012

Powton Garden September 2012. Arum Lillies and Argyranthemum Maderense in flower.

Powton Garden September 2012. Echium Pinianana coming into spikes now. In front is Argyranthemum Maderense and Arum Lillies to the left.

Pink Tulips just beginning to flower September 2012. Original bulbs from Yorkreations in Minlaton.

Rhodanthemum Catananche “Tizi-n-Test” in the Dry Garden September 2012. What an outstanding performer. Only a little plant but very tidy dense foliage when not in bloom then covered with masses of flowers standing well above the foliage. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

Rhodanthemum Catananche Tizi-n-Test in the Dry Garden September 2012. Purchased from Lambley Nursery 2011.

View of the Dry Garden September 2012. Echium Simplex spiking up beautifully. I grew these from seeds started 2 years ago. I will keep some of their seeds after they have finished flowering to start another lot.

View of the Dry Garden from the Bathroom Garden. The wind whips through here, especially during spring storms so maybe I will have to put up some windbreaks.

Side Garden September 2012. Pineapple Sage in flower. Cannas cut down ready for the new season. Nicotiniana due to be planted here for summer.

Fantasia Freesias in the Avocado Garden September 2012.

Peach Multigraft in the Old Shop Orchard. This is its best flowering yet with each arm having an equal number of flowers. Could be the best peach year yet!

Ruby Grape. Not technically in flower yet but is growing out already in the first week of September 2012. Other grapes have not even swollen their buds yet. Looking for the flower points to assist in pruning style for next winter.

Sugar Plum Update

September 3, 2010

The two sugar plums in the Old Shop Orchard have burst into flower. They look to be in magnificent condition. Just a photo show to remember these beautiful trees.

Flowering Plum in flower 1st September 2010.

Flowering Plum No.2 in flower 1st September 2010.

Flowering Plum close-up 1st September 2010.

Flowering Plum close-up no.2 1st September 2010.

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