We plan to be open this Sunday 17 May. We have hundreds of plants available for sale and about 250 different varieties – sasanqua flowering now, japonica for the part shade, lots of hybrids and some species. Come and see these beautiful flowers. Also open following weekends 23 and 24 May and 30 and 31 May 8.00am to 3.00pm.
Archive for the ‘camellias’ Category
We are not open Sunday – Mothers’ Day – but we are on Saturday. 8.00 am to 3.00 pm. Lots of camellias to look at and lots for sale – over 200 different varieties. The sasanquas are still in flower with the early varieties like Mikuni-ko just about finished after almost 3 months, the mid season ones in full flower and the late varieties just coming into flower.
And then the japonicas are starting to get serious – the early flowerers like Alba Plena, Arejishi, Takanini still going, Tama No Ura showing lots and lots of flowers as are Grape Soda and Carters Sunburst, and its ‘pink’ sport, Carters Sunburst Pink and I spied a couple of blooms on Mrs D.W. Davis Descanso. But then, with 300 in the garden, you’ve got to be unlucky not to see a bunch of camellias in flower at this time of the year. We should be able to pick 30 or 40 blooms for our display.
We continue to do mail order for those who can’t get to us. Just email your wish list and we will see if we can help.
The 35 new reticulatas we planted out recently are all doing well with flower buds on many and some still putting on new growth – a hangover from the crazy seasons we have had in summer and autumn.
Anyway, as the days get cooler, we will see more and more flowers. Look forward to seeing some of you tomorrow. We will be open again for the weekends 18 & 19 May and Saturday only 25 May.
Keep in mind Gardening on the Edge in Maleny over the weekend 8 & 9 June and then the Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour 5, 6 & 7 July. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
We also have small numbers of Vireya rhododendron available for sale as well – and there is always one of those flowering.
We will be around the garden again this Saturday 4 August, so please come and visit, walk the garden, buy a few plants. Our camellias are flowering their heads off, some are pretty much finished and some are in full flight, including most of the reticulatas. Retic Valentine Day Variegated is a sight and so is hybrid Nicky Crisp – just covered in flower – Royal Velvet, Midnight Magic, Cherries Jubilee – the dark black/reds – are looking great.
We have had a number of folk visit during the season, and it is great to be able assist so many people with their camellia needs. Without doubt, the camellia is growing in popularity among keen gardeners and novices alike. With so many varieties that suit SE Queensland conditions, there is normally plenty of choice. We are running out of some varieties, but we are confident of having an even larger range in time for the 2013 season.
Now that the sasanquas have pretty much finished flowering, these can be pruned back to a desired size and shape – so long as you are not in an area that will still get frosts, as the new growth can get damaged. Leaving for another month or so will not hurt as the new season growth will not be started by then. Leave your japonicas until they have finished flowering – just be sure to do your pruning before the new growth starts – it is psychologically difficult to prune off new growth. If you are wanting to fertilise, early spring is the best time – and don’t forget to keep keep your plants well mulched. This keeps the weeds down and soil moisture in.
Still a great time to wander the garden full of camellias – ours is full of colour with the camellias, vireya rhododendrons, magnolias, michellias and now the peach blossom is magic.
Get out and enjoy it!
We are being treated to the best ever weather – a little cooler at night with temps down below 10 degrees C and sunny days to 22 C. The camellias are loving it although the air is dry, there is still lots of moisture in the ground and the plants are looking great. I did manage to replace the garden mulch that got washed away in our recent wet weather and as well as keeping the moisture in and the weeds out, it makes the gardens look great.
For the last two weekends, we have been open and had a great bunch of people through, some just wandering the gardens enjoying the flowers, but most just cannot resist the temptation of adding to their camellia collection. Some come with a wish list of plants they want and in most cases we are able to satisfy. We still have about 200 different varieties and a few thousand plants available for sale – most in 140mm pot size only. We will be open this weekend – Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm and we are looking forward to playing in the garden again!
The sasanquas are still flowering – the early ones like Mikuni-ko and Silver Dollar – are all but finished, and the japonicas are starting. It is amazing what a difference a week makes – last week we saw the first flower on our sasanqua x reticulata hybrids Flower Girl and Dream Girl – and this week they have dozens of flowers. In the garden, early standouts are Alba Plena and its sport Fimbriata, Wildfire, Arejishi, Susie Fortson, Little Man, hybrid Isaribi with its lovely fragrance, and so many more coming into flower, I cannot possibly list them all here. It looks like another great season.
The colour on the Vireya Rhododendrons that are in flower is amazing – from yellows, orange, bi-colour, the burnt reds of Deep Heat, the reds of Birat Red and Inferno, white Gwenevere, fragrant Stephie and Strawberry Parfait and pink Bob’s Choice and Pink Dream – all make the garden jump out at you.
What a great time of the year to be a gardener!
Dates to remember:
Sunday 27 May – Glasshouse Sustainability and Garden expo at Beerwah
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June – Gardening on the Edge – Maleny Garden Club open gardens – Maleny High School Hall
Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July – Kellyfield Camellias, 958 Kidaman Creek Road, Curramore, Maleny – 9.00 am to 4.00 pm – displays of japonicas and reticulata camellias.
Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July – Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour Showgrounds – simply the best garden show in Australia – some bias shown here – come for the day or for the weekend – check out options and package deals on the website – www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
On wandering the garden this morning to pick blooms for our Open Days this weekend, guess what we found! A flower on C. Nitidissima!
This is the first of about a dozen buds to open. Beautiful colour and form – about 5cm across with recurved petals and a big boss of bright gold stamen. Both the buds and the flower colour are a lot stronger than the last time we photographed it six years ago as a very young plant.
Sadly our attempts to propagate it have been largely unsuccessful. We had five cuttings strike two years ago and they grew for almost a year, but then they all gradually died. We will try again!
Beautiful day today, check your flower buds for bud grubs – we found two today – they eat the centre out of the buds and spoil the flower. Now is the time to dis-bud if you wish to get better quality blooms. Just twist off every second bud.
Have a great time in the garden – don’t forget you can see us at Maleny ‘Gardening on the Edge’ next weekend – 11/12 June. We are having lots of people visit us here on our open days – we are open all this weekend and next weekend, 8.00am-3.00pm Saturday and Sunday.
In previous posts, I have talked about our c.nitidissima – one of the yellow species camellias. We have had a seed develop from last season’s flowers which we found while searching for this season’s flowers. And, yes, we do have a number of flowers continuing to develop. But the seed pod has split open and so I have taken it off the shrub this evening. The pod is still quite green, and the material surrounding the seed is quite soft and pithy – like the inside of the skin of a navel orange.
This is the first seed we have seen on nitidissima so this is of significant interest to us. One photo shows the seed intact but split, the other shows the two hard seeds and the pithy material surrounding them. I will treat these seeds the same as other species that we grow from seed eg sinensis and crapnelliana, and hope that nitidissima liked the same treatment.
We will keep the little seeds inside until they shoot for two reasons, one to keep a close eye on them, and second, the possums and bandicoots love magnolia and michelia seeds and have a habit of digging up seeds and eating them – I don’t want them any where near these just in case.
We will be ‘Open to the Public’ each weekend in June and most of July as follows. We are open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.
- Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June
- Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June – see us also at the Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening on the Edge” – Maleny High School hall
- Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
- Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
- Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July – see us also at Australia Open Garden Scheme, Camellia House, 116 Woombye-Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm www.opengarden.org.au
- CLOSED 8,9 and 10 July – Queensland Garden Expo
- Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July
- Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July
This is a camellia Flower Girl seedling that we have grown – it is a fantastic looking flower and we hope to propagate it in the future.
Sunday 29 May, we will be at the Glasshouse Country Festival Garden Expo at Turner Park, Beerwah. Come in and see us at site 56. This is a great little show and lots of fun, and the weather is going to be just great……
For our open days - here are a few dates -
- Closed – Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May – we will be at Beerwah
- Open – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June
- Open – Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June. We will also be at the Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge, Maleny State High School.
- Open – Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
- Open – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
Don’t forget the Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour – Queensland’s premier gardening event and winner of the Queensland Tourism Award for Best Event – Nambour Show Grounds Sunshine Coast 8, 9, 10 July
Just a quick note to anyone planning to visit this weekend. We are open both Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.
We have some plants and blooms on display and several thousand more in the nursery if you are looking for something specific. We did a show last week and some folk expressed disappointment that we did not have the variety they wanted. For that particular show, we took 48 camellias and 36 vireya rhododendrons – we grow over 200 varieties of camellia and 80 or so vireyas – we are unlikely to ever guess right! So if you don’t see what you want, please ask. Many people come along with their wish list from our web site, or wander the garden and come back with a wish list – we will do our best to satisfy all requests.
Please also remember that we do NOT have EFTPOS.
Both these flowers are on the same plant of High Jinks – very different looking flowers – both very beautiful.
In a blog or two ago, we were saying that our C.nitidissima – or chrysantha – had not flowered for the past 8 years, and then we found flower buds this season – so we have been pleased.
Another close look and we have found a seed, about 6cm and sort of round – so we must have had flowers last year as well. We will have to be more diligent! We will keep an eye on the seed and wait for it to mature and see if we can grow something from seed. All the C.crapnelliana – another species – one with huge seed pods 12 and 13 cm round – are maturing and falling from last season’s flowers, so maybe the nitidissima may be soon. It is still really green, so time will tell.
One other species that we have been trying to prop for a few years is C. lapidea. We are excited to have a seedling coming on, about 12 months old and about 20cm tall. All attempts to prop from cutting and graft have been unsuccessful. We will keep trying as new material becomes available.