Open Days, Varieties and a Little Bit of Culture

Open Days

Thanks to those folk who came to visit for our first ‘open day’ of the camellia season yesterday. It has been a rush to get plants prepared after being away for 5 weeks for the International Camellia Society Congress in Nantes, France. But we have many hundreds of camellias ready across a couple of hundred varieties, so their is plenty of choice …. and possibly the most comprehensive range of camellias around. We were kept busy all day with some folk coming with a wish list and others just wanting a few nice camellias for the garden.

We have most of the sasanquas in flower now so many took a walk around the garden. In coming weeks, the sasanquas will continue to flower and the japonicas will start. This is certainly a great time of the year in a Camellia garden.

There are more open days coming up …. see the previous blog for full details. We are also available by appointment …. just call first to arrange a time ….. 54450333.

A Little Bit of Culture

At this time of the year …. for us ….. the camellias are in flower mode. There is very little to no growth going on as the plants put all their energy into flowering. So there is little maintenance for established plants other than ensuring that plants and soil are sufficiently moist. Your fertilizing should have been done in spring …. some folk like giving a light fertilise with high phosphorus and potassium (and low N) now to maintain the health and vigor of their plants and to assist with flowering. We don’t, and have not seen a need to, for in ground plants, if they have been looked after in spring and summer.

Planting out new purchases ….. of course you should have already selected your spot and prepared the planting area. Keep in mind that all sasanquas will take full sun but also perform well in a part shaded position, and japonicas and hybrids prefer a part shade or filtered light position. Our winter sun here in SE Queensland will burn new japonica flower buds and flowers, particularly in the morning. All camellias need a well drained and slightly acidic soil to perform at their best. Dig the hole at least twice the depth and width of the root ball, add composted organic material and/or manures (cow, horse, alpaca, sheep) to the back fill soil (avoid chook poo and mushroom compost as these can be alkaline and we want to maintain an acid environment), knock the plant from the pot, carefully, rake the roots gently so they are no longer in the ‘pot’ shape ….. this helps the plants roots get out and about and into the new soil …. plant no deeper than the top of the root ball, and we suggest planting raised from the surrounding soil level so that the plant does not ‘sink’ as the new soil settles. Back fill and press in firmly, water well and mulch. Mulching adds nutrient (if you use an organic mulch … and we don’t recommend using anything other than organic ….. helps insulate the soil and roots, suppresses weeds, and it looks good. Give plants a good amount of water every few days as a start then at regular intervals. Check the soil.

Varieties

The Camellia list on our web site is not an availability list and we do not have every variety every year. Here are some of the varieties that we have available.

Sasanquas ….. Albert Raymond, Alison Spragg, Autumn Gold, Beatrice Emily, Barry’s Chance, Bonanza, Bonsai Baby, Chansonette, Chojiguruma, Dawn (Ginryu), Dazzler, Early Pearly, Edna Butler, Enid Alice, Egao, Exquisite, Fuji No Mine, Gay, Hiryu, Jane Morgan, Jennifer Susan, Mignonne, Paradise Blush, Paradise Glow, Red Willow, Roseann, Setsugekka, Shibori Egao, Yuletide.

Japonicas, hybrids and species ……. Alba Plena, Black Tie, Buttons ‘n Bows, Cherries Jubilee, Cinnamon Cindy, Curramore Jacqueline, Dixie Knight, Drama Girl, Ecclefield, Ed Combatalade, Elegans Champagne, Fairy Blush, Grace Albritton, Grape Soda, Great Eastern, Great Western, Kamo Hon Ami, Lipstick, Lutchuensis, Minato no Akebano, Mrs Nellie Eastman, Nuccios Pearl, Pink Gold, Pink Sinensis, Shirley Norup, Scentuous, Sweet Emily Kate, Tama no Ura, Tinsie (Bokuhan), Tomorrow Park Hill, Walter Hazlewood, Wilamina ……. and so many more.

Come and visit, wander our garden, buy some camellias for yours.


It is almost Camellia time at Camellia Glen – Open Days for 2018

What a difference a year makes…….this time last year, the house tank was low, we were short of water for the garden, the bore was running dry, the ground was hard and the grass was brown. This year we have had the best spring rain in over a decade, and now we have great summer rain with 411 mm in February ….with 160 mm on one day, which is now followed up by another 97 mm so far in March. So the ground is plenty wet with the moisture getting right down into the ground…great for the coming Camellia season. Of course, there is a down side with some folks suffering from flooding.

So this year, the Camellias put on growth like crazy, some flowering at the same time….late from last season. Plants are looking good and those that got a helping handful of fertiliser will reward the gardener with some great flowers over the coming months.

The early sasanquas like Mikuni Ko, Sparkling Burgundy, species like Miyagii and Lucii, are flowering now and a few japonicas are showing colour. But the day time temperatures between rain has been in the low 30s and still too hot for any japonica flower to last. This cooler weather … down to low-mid 20s will cool things down.

Sasanqua Albert Raymond

Although the best time to plant camellias is the cooler months, when the camellia plants are dormant, there are still lots of planting being done in now. We have been having a steady stream of visitors (by appointment) over spring and summer wanting camellias for hedges and screens and individual garden plantings.

Folk are wanting to know when we will be having open days, so, below is a proposed schedule of Open Days for 2018. These are subject to change and we will detail changes via this blog.

We plan to be available most Fridays and Saturdays, unless we have camellia shows or other commitments. We are still open by appointment at other times. Please contact us prior to arrange a mutually convenient time:

email…sales@camelliaglen.com OR phone 07 54450333

Opening hours will be 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Here’s a list of dates for 2018:

  • Saturday 5 May – open
  • Friday 11 May – open
  • Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May – open
  • Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May – open
  • Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June – open
  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 June – open. ALSO Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening of the Edge’ – open gardens and plant sales
  • Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June – open. ALSO Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show 15-17 June
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June – CLOSED. See us at the Queensland Camellia Society Show and Sale – Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, Sunday 24 June. ALSO Kellyfield Camellias Open Garden, 958 Kidaman Creek Road, Curramore, Maleny. 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Display of Reticulata camellias, japonicas and species camellias, sausage sizzle and home made morning and afternoon teas. Entry by donation – supporting ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’. Camellia plant sales.
  • Friday 29 and Saturday 30 June – open
  • Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July – open
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July – CLOSED. See us at Queensland Garden Expo, Showgrounds, Nambour, 13 – 15 July 2018
  • Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July – open. ALSO Toowoomba Camellia Show and Garden Expo 21/22 July, TAFE Horticultural Centre, Campbell Street, Toowoomba
  • Friday 27 and Saturday 28 July – open
  • Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August – open

More as we get closer to the time.

Come visit, walk the gardens, enjoy the 400 or so Camellias in our garden. Buy some for yours.

Walk a forest, walk a garden …….. they say it’s good for you. but we’ve always known that…….

Camellia Display, Galicia, SpainCamellia Japonica Grace Albritton

Camellia Japonica Sunnyside


Camellias; sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids, open days – 27 and 28 October 2017

Camellias – sasanquas, japonicas and hybrids – we are being asked when we will be open….so we are going to open:

Open this Friday 27 October…after midday

Open Saturday 28 October 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

About 50 varieties of sasanqua, hundreds of them, 140mm pots, $12.00, putting on new growth now. Most 60 to 90 cm out of the pot.

Japonicas – a hundred or so different varieties – all putting on new growth. 140 mm pots $12.00 and plants are 30 to 90cm depending on variety.

Lovely looking plants.

No eftpos.

Now is a great time to plant….after the rain…and plants and roots are active.

Take care to give new growth protection as it is very tender….it can break if handled carelessly.

We would recommend letting your new plants acclimatise as these have been under shade cloth/hail net.

Open other times by appointment/arrangement. Ph 54450333


Camellia season

It has been a while since our last blog post.

We have had a bunch of open days over the past months, a number of shows including Maleny Gardening on the Edge, Queensland Garden Expo, the Queensland Camellia Society Show and Sale, the National Congress for Camellias Australia including a visit to our garden and nursery of around a hundred delegates, and we have been open by appointment for the past few weeks. The weekend of 26 August, we will attend the Camellias Australia National Camellia Show in Narrandera. 

We will continue to be open by appointment…please call in advance….and will have another few open days before the season is over….After Narrandera.

We do have a substantial number of camellias…Sasanquas, Japonicas and hybrids…..as we keep saying, probably the best range you will see anywhere. If fact we are being asked to take plants south for Camellia Society members at the Show. So whether you need just one particular plant, a few, a garden full, or a hundred or so for a hedge, give us a call.

In our garden, the Sasanquas have finished flowering and we have started pruning back in readiness for spring growth…and to allow us to walk between them where necessary. The Japonicas are still flowering and some, like the hybrids Orchid Princess and Nicky Crisp, are just starting. We have several weeks of flowering yet. Our challenge at the moment is the lack of rain….one storm with 17mm of rain in 6 weeks. So the flowers are going soft quickly. You can pick them when fresh and put them in a float bowl……..they will keep for a week or so.

Come the end of August or so, as the Japonicas finish flowering, and before they start putting on new growth, consider pruning any that  you want to contain, fertilise and mulch….and always water in well.

Here are a few camellias in flower in our garden at the moment. Love the bees.

Come and visit, give us a call, we can supply most of your camellia needs.

Camellia species chekiangoleosa

Bees in C. japonica

Bee in C. Japonica Lovelight

Camellia species petalotii

Bees in Camellia japonica Kumasaka

Bee in camellia species lapidea


Nursery and Garden Open Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July 

With a few thousand camellias ready for sale, Camellia Glen Nursery will open again this Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July 2017  from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Camellia Glen has probably more camellia varieties than you will find in one place anywhere around. There are sasanquas for full sun, japonicas for part shade positions, reticulatas ……. just a few varieties, an extensive range of the small leaved, cluster flowering and often fragrant hybrids, and some of the species camellias that are sought after by the camellia collector and enthusiast. 

The range of varieties includes some of the hard to find camellias including the zigzag Unryu, the peacock flower Hakuhan Kujaku, some higos like Okan, Shiranui, and Hinomaru, formal double flowers like Shirley Norup, Margarete Hertrich, Pope John XXIII, Roger Hall, Black Tie, Phillippa Ifould, hybrid Buttons ‘n Bows, and so many more. Semi doubles and informal doubles include Drama Girl,  Mrs DW Davis, Nuccios Pink Lace. So many to mention.

Camellia Japonica Wildfire….with native bees

Camellia japonica Drama Girl

 

Come and visit, walk our garden…..have a look at our camellias in flower…..buy some for yours.

Don’t forget the Queensland Garden Expo….on at Nambour Showgrounds July 7, 8 and 9…best real garden show in Australia. http://www.qldgardenexpo.com.au/

Camellia Japonica Cherries Jubilee


Camellia Nursery and Gardens – open to the public

After a great week last week for our open days and a great show at the Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening on the Edge’ on the weekend, we are ready for another…..we’re open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm Friday 16 June and Saturday 17 June 2017. And after that Friday 23 June here at the nursery. You can also see us at the Queensland Camellia Society Show and sale on Sunday 25 June at the Peace Hall, 106 McDonald Road Windsor. Doors open there 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. Plant sales, camellia bloom display and competition, camellia talks, morning teas and refreshments….$3.00 at the door.

Camellia hybrid Carnival Princess showing two different colored flowers on the same bush at the same time.


Among the 250 odd camellias we have available are some of the unusual and hard to find varieties. We have a great range of the small leaved hybrids that cluster flower….some call them florabunda….including Sweet Emily Kate, Gay Baby, Fragrant Pink, Mandy, Our Melissa, Cinnamon Cindy, Fairy Blush, Fairy Wand, Spring Mist. Some of these are are fragrant as well…the best being the hybrid High Fragrance. Some of the species camellias we have available include the fragrant Rosiflora, Lutchuensis, Miyagii, Grijsii, Yuhsienensis, the small tree Crapnelliana with its extra large seed pods, the tea camellia Sinensis, and sinensis pink. Though not species, the unusual Tarokaja and Isaribi….both fragrant.

Camellia Species Crapnelliana….a small tree to 5 metres

Sasanqua camellias are great for the full sun and will also perform well in a part shade position. Great for single specimens, for hedging and for screens. A wonderfully versatile plant with dark green foliage all year and masses of flowers in autumn and early winter, sasanquas respond exceptionally well to pruning. There are low growers like Shi Shi Gashira, smaller growers like Little Pearl, Bonsai Baby, Mignonne, Silver Dollar, and tall ones like Rose Ann, Enid Alice, Edna Butler, Setsugekka, Exquisite, and the unusual Chojiguruma.

Camellia sasanqua Chojiguruma

Some of the japonicas are we have are old varieties….Alba Plena named in 1797, Aspasia Macarthur 1848, C.M.Hovey 1850, Chandleri 1825, Contessa Woronzoff 1858, Tricolor 1825, Rosea Superba 1843, Sasanquas Shishigashira 1894 and Setugekka 1898…..some are middle aged, Tama No Ura 1975, and some are new, Curramore Jacqueline 2015.

Camellia Japonica Pink Gold …. 1972…. one of the best garden camellias

And that’s just a start………….come visit, walk around our garden, buy some for yours.


Camellias for sale…….garden and nursery open 2 and 3 June

It’s winter…apparently, and now is a great time to see camellias flowering at their best, and over the coming weeks. We will continue with our open days….see details below…..so that you can visit us at Camellia Glen and see these beautiful flowers in our gardens. We have arguably the best range of camellias available for sale with over 250 different varieties. These include sasanqua  camellias, the sun hardy autumn flowerers that are in full flower now, japonicas, these like at least part shade for us, hybrids that are covered in flower and many of them fragrant, some higos, reticulatas and species. Something for everyone.

Open days run from 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June – open

Friday 9 June – CLOSED

Saturday 10 June – open. ALSO Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge – 10 and 11 June

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June – open. ALSO Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show 16-18 June

Friday 23 June – open

Saturday 24 June – CLOSED. 

Sunday 25 June – Queensland Camellia Society Show and Camellia Sale – Albion Peace Hall, McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane.

Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July – open

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July – CLOSED. See us at the Queensland Garden Expo, Showgrounds, Nambour, 7 to 9 July 2017

Friday 14 July – open

Saturday 15 July – CLOSED. ALSO Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July – Toowoomba Camellia Show.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July – open

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July CLOSED 

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June – open

Friday 9 June – CLOSED

Saturday 10 June – open. ALSO Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge – 10 and 11 June

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June – open. ALSO Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show 16-18 June

Friday 23 June – open

Saturday 24 June – CLOSED. 

Sunday 25 June – Queensland Camellia Society Show and Camellia Sale – Albion Peace Hall, McDonald Road, Windsor, Brisbane.

Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July – open

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July – CLOSED. See us at the Queensland Garden Expo, Showgrounds, Nambour, 7 to 9 July 2017

Friday 14 July – open

Saturday 15 July – CLOSED. ALSO Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July – Toowoomba Camellia Show.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July – open

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July CLOSED

Here are a few in flower at the moment:

Camellia Japonica Pink Gold

Camellia hybrid Sweet Emily Kate

Camellia Japonica San Dimas

Camellia Japonica Grape Soda

Camellia Japonica Grand Prix


Now is the best time to be planting camellias in your garden; the plants are dormant in that they are not in active growth, and this will give the plants a chance to settle in over winter ready for the spring growth. Get some for your garden.


Camellias … Camellia Glen – open Friday 26 & Saturday 27 May

We have the nursery and gardens open to the public again Friday and Saturday. Sasanquas are still flowering very well and there are more japonicas in flower every day. Come visit…..we have some great plants available……over 50 varieties of sasanqua and about 150 different japonicas including hybrids and higos, as well as a range of reticulata and species. Still the best range of camellias you will see….And we are here most weeks. 

See the previous blog for full details of our open days.

A favourite camellia, and one that we have grown here at Camellia Glen for the past 20 years, is one of the oldest Australian camellias dating back to the 1840s. It is the japonica Aspasia Macarthur – a creamy white, informal double, full flower with ruffled petals, it always has the odd streak of pink somewhere on some of the petals.

Camellia Japonica Aspasia Macarthur

Aspasia Macarthur also has the reputation of producing many sports, with some of those producing their own sports. These include Lady Loch, Can Can, Otahuhu Beauty, Margaret Davis, Jean Clere, Just Sue and Strawberry Blonde. At times you can find Margaret Davis and Otahuhu Beauty flowers on a bush of Aspasia Macarthur. 

These are flowering in our garden today.

Japonica Lady Loch….a sport of Aspasia Mcarthur

Japonica Otahuhu Beauty…a sport of Aspasia Macarthur

Japonica Margaret Davis…..a sport of Aspasia Macarthur

Aspasia Macarthur……with less colour through the petals

Japonica Can Can….a sport of Lady Loch

Jean Clere and Strawberry Blonde are yet to flower this season.

Come and visit.


Camellia Glen…open Friday 19 May 2017

We will be open again this Friday 19 May only this weekend. But we will be open again the following Friday and Saturday. See our previous posts for the details.

Hopefully, we will get some rain,  the camellias love this cooler weather and the rain always keeps everything fresh.

These are a few that are flowering for us at the moment. Come and visit….walk our garden….buy some for yours. We still have the best range of camellias and the largest number of hybrid camellias available, as well as many hard  to find varieties.

Vernalis Shibori Egao

Sasanqua Early Pearly

Japonica William Bartlett

Japonica Grand Slam

Japonica Pink Gold

Japonica Little Man

Japonica Carters Sunburst Pink


Camellia Glen – Nursery and Garden open days

The camellias have started flowering really well…..the sasanquas, the autumn flowering camellias, have been in flower for a few weeks now and are looking great. You can see lots in flower as you drive around town and we saw hundreds as we drove around Maleny and Montville over the weekend. Early japonicas are just started to flower and it looks like it will be a great season…..lots of buds and there is still moisture in the ground after the rain. A few showers of rain are always good for the garden and the camellias especially like it at this time of the year – keeps the flowers fresh.

We will be open this coming Friday 5 May and Saturday 6 May, 8.00am to 3.00pm. For a more complete list of open days, please refer to the previous blog.

First flower for the season….camellia Japonica Speciosissima

Camellia hybrid Bunny Girl

Camellia sasanqua Barry’s Chance.

 

This is a great time to plant camellias…the plants are largely dormant in that they are not putting on new growth, although after the dry summer and the March rain, a few are making hay and putting on growth as well as flowering. But planting now lets the plants settle in and establish the roots in readiness for the spring growth.

Enjoy the flowers in your garden, and although the sasanqua flowers will shatter and fall in a couple of days, the japonicas can be picked for a vase, or do as we prefer, cut just a short stem ( only 1 cm) and place in a float bowl. These can last well enough for up to a week.

…..and remember, it’s World Naked Gardening Day on Saturday 6 May 2017……… but don’t worry, we won’t be……