Friday, March 2, 2012

Camellia Time 2012

As promised a few days ago, I'm going to share some recent photos of beautiful camellias that Philip has devoted much time to over the last few years. They do get better and better each year as the plants grow and mature. This unusually mild winter has certainly been good for them.

First, I want to share a few pictures from a little learning adventure we had a few weeks ago. We visited the greenhouses of Mr. Randolph Maphis in Talahassee, Florida. He is one of the premier camellia growers in the country and we were totally in awe of his beautiful plants and flowers.

I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but some of these flowers are as large as dinner plates. Of course, all their growing conditions are carefully controlled in the greenhouse. The results are amazing!!

Ours are not nearly so impressive, but here is what we have enjoyed in our yard this winter/spring.


Red Velvet Variegated


Frank Houser

Rena Swick

Royal Velvet

Carter's Sunburst

R.L. Wheeler Variegated
Hilda Jamieson


Nuccio's Gem

Kick Off

New grafts are in progress. New plants Philip propagated this year include Jubilation, Elaine's Betty, Ruta Hagmann, Showtime, Valentine's Day Var.

It was fun to share these beautiful flowers. My next blog project will be to update my sewing/knitting projects.
Stay tuned and hopefully I can stay motivated!!