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    Camellia's

    Watching P. Allen Smith on the weather channel and he's telling about the new cold hardy camellia's that have been developed by the National Arborteum. Oh, Oh, surely need to get me one of them! They are absoutely beautiful.

    Did you get any pics of the camellia you were going to Ann?
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Whoops!

    Face RED icon...

    Sorry, Vicki, but working 6 days a week is getting to me, I think. I never had my camera with me when I needed it.

    There are several that I wanted to take pictures of... One is a double white and is huge. The blooms are also large.

    Another has smaller doubled pale pink blooms, but the shrub is the size of a small tree. That one is always LOADED with blooms.

    Actually, some of the older varieties are trees. Those tend to have single flowers and sometimes will produce seeds.

    Face RED!!! No pics...

    Sorry...

    Oh, how I hope they do manage to develop one that will be hardy in your zone.
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    Cold hardy camellias

    Ann,
    Here's an article I came across while searching for info on the cold hardy camellias.
    They say zone 6a, but would be more than willing to try it here in my zone. Which they waffling between listing as 5 and 6.

    http://camellia-ics.org/_ics/ackerm1.htm
    Happy Growing,
    Vicki in West. Mich.

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    Vicki,

    That is so exciting! Thanks for sharing the link.

    I must admit that I tend to take Camellias for granted. They are not as plentiful in our landscapes as Azaleas are. Both are evergreen, but the difference is the fact that you don't have to prune the camelia. The leaves are shiny, like a holly only more pointed-oval in shape with a tiny serrated edge.

    Best of all is that once established, they bloom from fall to spring, and like the article said, the flowers last up to 4 days (or more) in water.

    Because the stems of the flower are short, the cut flowers (along with two or three leaves) are often simply floated in a shallow bowl of water.

    I truly hope that one day you will have many in your landscape. After seeing the pictures you posted of your gardens, I know for a fact that they would look absolutely gorgeous in that setting.

    You would love them if you had one. They are not inexpensive plants here. I think that is because they do not grow as fast as an azalea, nor or they as easy to propagate.

    BTW, azaleas are starting to bloom...

    Here's wishing a early spring to everyone!
    Ann B.
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    Professor Charles S. Sargent Red

    Still blooming...
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    One of Mine...

    These are so doubled that you rarely get to see the pollen as you do in this one!
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    Still Lots

    and Lots of blooms on this one. This particular variety produces large seeds in the fall.
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    Full View

    of the same... The pink on the ground are spent blossoms. We had a few heavy storms last night.
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    Closer

    of the same...
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    Even Closer

    of the same...
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    A Different One

    This one is probably 18-20 foot tall and gorgeous!
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    A HUGE Bud...

    on the same one!
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    Open

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    Fully Open

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