Camellia – open time the public

Camellias are flowering their heads off at the moment – the sasanquas started weeks ago and now the japonicas and hybrids are starting. Here a few in our garden today.

Camellia Glen is ‘open to the public’ again this Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June – 8.00 to 3.00. Check the details on the Camellia Glen website blog.
www.camelliaglen.com
Here are a few flowering today.
With the cancellation of all the camellia shows, come visit – get your camellia fix…..

Sasanqua Plantation Pink

Camellia Garden and Nursery – open to the public

With most of our Garden Shows and Camellia Shows cancelled this season, we are getting lots of enquiries and lots of visits from folk wanting camellias.

As indicated in earlier posts, we do have a number of days when we open the garden and nursery to the public. This gives folk an opportunity to see our camellias in flower in our garden and to buy some for theirs. So in response to some current enquiries, we are repeating details of upcoming days when the public can visit.

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May – open

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May – open

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June – open

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June – open

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June – open

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June – open

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July 2020 OPEN – The Queensland Camellia Society Show and Sale at the Auditorium at the Mt Coottha Botanical Gardens Sunday 5 July 2020 is CANCELLED – ANOTHER COVID-19 VICTIM

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July 2020 OPEN www.qldgardenexpo.com.au QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO IS POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER – ANOTHER CIVID-19 CASUALITY

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July 2020 OPEN The Toowoomba Camellia Show at the TAFE College grounds Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020. HAS BEEN CANCELLED – ANOTHER COVID-19 GLITCH

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July – open

Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August – open

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August – open

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August – open

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August – open

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August – open

Thereafter, we will continue to be available by arrangement. Please give us a call prior. Please note that these dates are subject to change – when circumstances dictate.


Camellias – and Garden – Open to the Public

It’s getting cooler and the camellias are flowering. What a great time of the year for the camellia fancier. Sasanquas have been flowering for a few weeks now with some still to come – and the early japonicas are showing lots of blooms.

Our ‘open days’ are not fancy affairs – it just means that folk can visit and see the camellias – and the magnolias and Vireya rhododendron and azaleas and others things – in flower. You can wander our garden and perhaps buy some for yours.

We do have arguably the largest range of camellias around here but we often do not have large numbers of the 200 or so different varieties that we have available. We don’t grow every variety in the gallery every season. The ‘early birds’ get the pick of the camellias. Our open days as listed in our February 2020 post are still current. All the shows listed are cancelled except for the Queensland Garden Expo which has been postponed until September – so we will be open here those days instead. As usual, the health controls are in play and we ask people to be patient. We do not usually get more than a couple of visitors at a time which suits us nicely.

We have spent some time over the past weeks fertilising our garden camellias with an organic fertiliser, horse manure and mulch. I know we say that fertilising should be done well before now – but well, if you haven’t done it when you should have, then now is the next best time. We have regularly followed this regime with good results. Now for some rain ….. please.

Come and visit, our 400 garden camellias are looking great. We are open Friday and Saturday 15 and 16 May – and for the next few. Other times, please just give us a call.

Happy gardening – and stay safe.

Japonica Kick Off – an early one

Camellias camellias camellias – flowering this weekend

Due to other cancelled/postponed events, we will be open this Friday and Saturday, 1 and 2 May. 8.00 to 3.00

Camellias – we have sasanquas for full sun and part shade and japonicas and hybrids for the shady places.

Other times by arrangement. Please call first on 54450333 to confirm.
Social distancing rules still apply – but happy for you to visit. Lots of sasanquas are flowering now.
Most plants in 140mm pots and 12 to 24 months old.
See them in our garden – buy some for yours.
Byo carry bags – no eftpos

Camellia Amplexicaulis – none for sale unfortunately

What now? Camellias – and how to get some

Well – we are a few weeks into Covid-19 isolation – lock down – and it seems to be working for the majority of Australians. New cases are down and thankfully the death toll in this country is low.

One good thing about self isolation when one has a big garden, or like us and has a plant nursery in the backyard, there is plenty to do. The sasanqua camellias have been flowering for a few weeks with more coming into flower daily. The nursery plants are looking great – nice and green foliage, many with flowers and buds.

It is unfortunate that many of the plant/garden shows that we attend with our camellias have been cancelled this year. Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge, Toowoomba Camellia Show, Queensland Camellia Society Show at Mt Coottha and possibly more.

The nursery industry – retail and grower nurseries continue to operate. Many folk are taking this opportunity to get into the garden – so it is important that supply is maintained. We continue to be open – see the schedule in our previous posts – but with strict restrictions as to the 1.5m rule (6ft in the USA), limiting customers numbers to two at a time (not usually an issue for us), BYO carry bags and PYO (pack your own), and limiting time spent with each customer. (Not that we don’t like you – it’s just one of the rules laid down at the moment). Please keep in mind local travel restrictions.

So get your camellia fix, and get it now. We will be available by arrangement over the Easter weekend (we aren’t going anywhere – now). It is likely that we will selling from here only this season.

Unless a scheduled open day, please call to make a time – 07 54450333.

Remember please, we do not have eftpos, byo carry bags – get out in the garden and get dirty. It’s good for the soul.

Sasanqua Paradise Pearl


‘Open Days’ 2020 at Camellia Glen’

It looks like it is camellia season again in South East Queensland. The plants are looking great and we are just about ready for it. We are getting lots of enquiries as to when we are having our ‘open days’ and we are getting people visiting – by arrangement. We continue to be available by arrangement – we just ask call first to make a time – 07 54450333.

So we have set a timetable for our open days for 2020. These need to fit around other events – and allow ourselves preparation time and breathing space.

So – 2020 ….

Our open days are simple – come and wander the garden and see our 400 odd camellias in various stages of flowering (they don’t all flower at the same time), there are azaleas, some Vireya rhododendrons, magnolias and michelias (although they are all called magnolia these days), and other bits and pieces. We can answer your questions regarding camellias for your garden and assist with your selection process. We will have camellias – sasanquas, japonicas, reticulatas (limited), hybrids – available for sale. We don’t have every variety in our photo gallery every season. All plants are propagated and grown on site.

‘Open days’ are 8.00am to 3.00pm.

Please bring your own bags/boxes/cartons to carry home your purchases – we don’t provide these.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April – open

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April – open (25 April is Anzac Day)

CLOSED Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2 2020

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May – open (10 May is Mother’s Day)

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May – open

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May – open

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May – open

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June – open

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 June – open

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 June – open

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June – open

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July 2020 – OPEN

5 July – You can see us at the Queensland Camellia Society Show and Sale at the Auditorium at the Mt Coottha Botanical Gardens Sunday 5 July 2020. SHOW CANCELLED – ANOTHER COVID-19 VICTIM

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July 2020 OPEN

You can see us at the Queensland Garden Expo at the Nambour Showgrounds Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au

QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO IS POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER – ANOTHER CIVID-19 CASUALITY

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 July 2020 OPEN

You can see us at the Toowoomba Camellia Show at the TAFE College grounds Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July 2020.

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED – ANOTHER COVID-19 GLITCH

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July – open

Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August – open

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 August – open

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August – open

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 August – open

Friday 28 and Saturday 29 August – open

Thereafter, we will continue to be available by arrangement. Please give us a call prior.

Please note that these dates are subject to change – when circumstances dictate.


Summer Rain – and Camellia Care

As usual, after a hot and dry start to our summer, we have now had some rain. Over 500mm here over the past week week or so and the garden plants are loving it. It is still hot, and humid, and with the occasional shower of rain. The grass is growing and the weeds have gone nuts – and the camellias, and everything else in the garden, are growing.

Most of the sasanquas are in bud with the occasional flower and japonicas are starting to bud but also putting on growth.

It’s not too late to fertilise if you have not done that but a fertiliser high in Phosphorus and Potassium will be better at this time of the year (mid summer). If you use a nitrogen rich fertiliser now, it will encourage the plants to put on growth – which is ok, but right now we are looking for flower development.

Mulch.

Don’t prune unless you absolutely have to as this will cut off flower buds and this season’s flowering wood.

Look for aphids in new growth – these will distort and damage new growth. Loopers and caterpillars will like getting into those new growth guard leaves – and these will chew through the juicy new shoots. Squish them.

Thinking of other jobs to do, don’t prune now unless it is absolutely necessary – you will cut off flower buds and all the flowering wood for this season. Re-label your plants – especially if you want to keep track of what you have (mandatory if you want to enter them into shows and bloom comps). Most labels will deteriorate and if the labels don’t then the little twist ties will. In our opinion, twist ties should not be left on the plant – ever. Small cable ties are great (these are ‘one use only’ as you have to cut them off but they are cheap), I’ve seen cattle ear tags used effectively (in Brittany in France), but best of all is a 30cm square of granite with a 45 degree angled top and engraved – although this option can be costly – apparently.

Anyway, get out in the garden, and get your hands dirty. Researchers are saying dirt and the accompanying microorganisms are beneficial.

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Camellias from our garden – season 2019

 


Camellia season; Summer care and maintenance

Early sasanquas are spot flowering – that means camellia season is almost upon us.

It has been a tough start to summer – hot and dry – and our garden plants have suffered.

We are, however, far better off than many who have been devastated by fire and drought. We have been lucky to have received some 32mm of rain over the past 48 hours with more coming – according to the forecasts (here at Camellia Glen on the Sunshine Coast) and this seems to be somewhat widespread over most of the South East.

Even new season plants, under shade, in the Nursery, have had new foliage scorched. These will fall, and now that we have cooler summer temps – interesting I think it’s cooler when it only gets to 32 – and a bit of rain, these plants will recover and continue to put on new growth.

As usual at this time of the year, we discourage folk from planting out camellias – mid summer is not the best time to plant – wait until autumn or later into winter. This allows the largely dormant plants to settle into their new environment before the spring growing season. Having said that, we still sell a lot of camellias now – just be aware of the challenge.

Keep an eye on new growth and look for pesky aphids, loopers and caterpillars that like to chew on new growth. Hose or rub off aphids and squish the loopers. Look out for red spider mite damage – usually on the mature foliage lower on the bush where it is sheltered. Use organic alternatives to discourage these – we use a systemic miticide spray as a preventative and curative to keep the plants looking at their best.

Keep up water where you can, fertilise if you haven’t done that in spring, and mulch, mulch and mulch. Organic mulch like pine bark, wood chips, sugar cane mulch adds nutrient to the soil as it breaks down, it suppresses weed growth, retains moisture, and insulates the soil from the summer heat.

This is the latest time this season that you can prune – some sasanquas are putting on flower buds now – we even have some early flowers on Bonanza, Mikuni-Ko and Something Special – and you don’t want to cut them off. Japonicas will be budding up soon too so take care what you prune.

We will have some open days again this year starting after Easter – when the camellias will be starting to flower in earnest. We will post the program here when we know. Meanwhile, we continue to be available by arrangement – please call to arrange a mutually convenient time – 54450333.


Open Days – Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August 2019

This will be our last planned ‘open days’ for the 2019 season. After this, we will continue to be open by arrangement – just call us to check that we are available.

During the camellia season, we have had lots of folk visit, wander our garden and see out beautiful camellias – and other things – in flower. We hope you have enjoyed this – we do every day.

8.00am to 3.00pm.


Queensland Camellia Society Show 2019 – what a great day!

Yesterday – Sunday 28 July 2019 – what a great day at the Auditorium, Mt Coottha Botanic Gardens. Great weather, named camellia displays, Ikebana displays and camellia floral arrangements, guided camellia garden walks, camellia talks, camellia plant sales, and refreshments – all day.