Camellias, camellias camellias and vireya rhododendrons

We are well into camellia season – so we are open again this weekend – Saturday and Sunday – 8.00am till 3.00 pm.

We have mostly small pots, 140mm, with plants 30 to 90cm tall. About 200 different varieties – if anything that makes the selection process harder – lots to choose from. But no one complains – they just love the variety – ones you don’t see every day. So come in, walk the garden, pick your favs, and buy yours this weekend.

Sasanquas – the sun camellias – are just about finished flowering, but we are still selling plenty. Singles, semi doubles, whites through pinks to red and some bi-colours. Useful for hedging, screening, specimen plants or just have them in the garden. These evergreens make a wonderful garden plant all year.

But it is the time of the japonicas now – hundreds of flowers out right now. These prefer part shade in this part of the country and love high shade from trees. Again ranging from singles, semi-double, formal double, informal double and elegans form and colours from the purest whites, blush, peachy pinks through to reds and some edging into the purples – if the soil and weather suit. Then there’s striped, variegated, bi-coloured, edged and more.

This is a great time to plant, while the plants are in their winter dormancy.

See the ‘culture notes’ on this web site for more detailed information.

The Queensland Camellia Society has its annual show and sale at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens auditorium on Sunday 5 July – there will be bloom displays, information, camellia talks and plants to buy.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10, 11 and 12 July is the best sub tropical garden show in the country – Queensland Garden expo, at the Nambour Showgrounds – Sunshine Coast. Too good to miss – and we will be there.

Get into the garden this weekend. Cheers.

Camellia japonica 'Candy Flame'


More Camellias – nursery open this weekend

The camellias are getting serious – lots of them are flowering. The sasanquas – the Autumn flowering ones – are at the end of their flowering season, but that’s ok because the japonicas have started. We have about 400 camellias in the garden – drop by, wander the garden and take a look. There are vireya rhododendron, some azaleas and the magnolias have started; these all will continue for the next couple of months.

The nursery has several thousand camellias for sale – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and a few species – plants for sunny spots and some for part shade – some with really big flowers over 12cm to some with 2cm ones. Over 200 different varieties to choose from, so whereas we do not pretend to have them all – far from it – we can usually find something that you will like.

Our plants are mostly in 140mm pots with a small number of larger pots.

It is a great time to buy and plant camellias as you can see the flowers at their best now. The plants are also in their winter dormancy now, so planting now means that they can get established in their new position before the new growth starts in spring. Watch out for bud grubs at this time of year – these little grubs can bore into your flower buds from the tip and chew the centre of the flower. Stick a fine wire down the holes and squish ’em. Or can also use a grub and caterpillar spray if you prefer. See the website for lots more information on ‘camellia culture’ – all specific for South East Queensland and surrounds.

Get out into your garden this weekend.

Camellia japonica - Shirley Norup - buy one this weekend....


Open this weekend – camellia nursery – buy direct from the grower

Open again this weekend – walk the gardens and see the 300 plus camellias, 20 plus magnolias, vireya rhododendron and a few azaleas – then buy one or some or a whole bunch of camellias from the 5000 – approx – available.

We have over 250 different varieties of camellias – sasanquas for the sun, japonicas, hybrids, species for those part shade spots.

We will also be at the Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening on the Edge’ weekend at the Maleny Showgrounds. Lots of plants for sale including Leonie’s roses and our camellias and lots more. Six local gardens open for garden visits.

This is our first show of the season and we will have a great selection of camellias available. See us at Maleny or at the nursery in Palmwoods.

This is a great time to buy your camellias as the garden is full of camellias in flower. Planting now suits camellias as this is their dormant time – no growth – just flowers. Plant now and let the plants settle in before they start their new growth in Spring.

Camellias must have a well drained, acid soil. When planting, add course sand or fine gravel to heavy soils along with some well composted/matured cow, horse, goat, sheep, alpaca manures. The sandy stuff helps drainage, the manures enrich the soil. Always water in well and mulch to help suppress weeds and to insulate the soil and roots.

Camellias will add great colour to any garden in winter and they also make a great garden plant during the rest of the year with their dark green, glossy leaves.

Great weekend for gardening…cheers

Camellia japonica 'Clarence Hearn'

Camellia sasanqua 'Narumigata'


Camellias for sale – hundreds of them

Our garden and nursery is open to the public again this weekend – 30 and 31 May 8.00 to 3.00 pm

We have had sasanqua camellias flowering since March and we have had lots of visitors to see them in the garden and to purchase some for theirs. A great time to see these lovely things in full flower. Sasanquas will flower for another couple of weeks at least. If you want to see them, then now’s the time.

And now the japonicas have started to flower – they have been spot flowering for a couple of weeks, but this weekend we have some beautiful flowers out.

Some flowers we picked from the garden this morning.


Camellia Sale and Garden Open to the Public

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.


Camellias and Vireyas – Sale this Weekend

Camellias and Vireya rhododendrons will be available for sale this weekend – Saturday May 2 and Sunday May 3 from 8.00am till 3.00pm. We have had some rain – 200mm in the last 24 hours so the ground will be wet under foot – but you are still welcome to wander the garden and see the sasanquas in flower and the japonica camellias starting to bloom. There should also be some Vireya rhododendron flowering as well.

Lots of camellias – sasanquas, japonicas and hybrids – and a smaller number of vireyas – something to suit any garden.

All our plants are in 140mm pots and measure between 30 and 80 cm – depending on variety.

Now is a great time to plant your camellias – although they are flowering they are going into their dormant stage – so planting out now allows them to get settled in and develop roots in time for spring growth come September. Buying now means that you can see the flowers first.

Remember, as basic camellia culture, camellias need a well drained and acid soil. Make sure your planting site drains well and raise the soil up a bit to help drainage. Always mulch and water in – even in this weather.

Autumn is here and winter’s on the way – rug up and enjoy your garden.

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Cheers

Camellia japonica - Grape Soda


Camellias – nursery open this Saturday

Camellias - ready for sale

Camellia Glen will be open for visitors again this Saturday. we have hundreds of camellias – sasanquas for the full sun, japonicas for part shade, hybrids and a few species – all ready for sale.

Walk around the garden and see dozens of sasanquas in full flower. The early japonicas are starting to flower as well.

We have many hundreds of plants – about 50 varieties of sasanqua and some 150 japonicas for you to choose from. Plants range from 30cm for the slower growing ones to 60 to 80 cm for the taller growers. Choose something that will suit your needs. We will be happy to assist you with your selection process.

Sasanqua 'Barry's Chance'

We are also able to do mail order for small quantities – from minimum of 3 plant by mail to multiples of 10 to 12 by courier. East coast mainland Australia only.

Come and brighten up your day – and your garden – with beautiful camellias.

There are a small number of Vireya Rhododendron as well – some in flower.

Vireya Butterscotch

Come visit.


Camellias – open to the public this weekend

The sasanqua camellias are starting to flower with lots of colour in the garden.

We are open this weekend – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm – so if you are wanting to check out these beautiful plants, we have a few thousand available.

Sasanquas are happiest in full sun and are the autumn flowerers – flowering from March till June – at least for us here in SE Queensland.
Japonicas need at least part shade or filtered sun to look their best. These start flowering around late April/May and continue until about September for the late ones. Remember it is the flowers that spoil in the sun – the plants handle the sun pretty well and suffer only minor sunburn damage if there is sufficient moisture available to the root system.

We have a range of hybrids and some of the species camellias available as well.

Come along and see us.

C. sasanqua Early Pearly


Camellia Glen – Camellias – Open Days 2015

Camellia Glen – Camellias – Open Days 2015

It’s late March and it’s camellia time again. Our first sasanquas – Mikuni Ko, Sparkling Burgundy, Bonanza, Gay and a few others are in full flower and looking wonderful. But it is 30 degrees celsius out in the garden and it’s dry again. That is unseasonally warm for us, as we are into autumn and we should be having at least cooler nights. We need a few showers of rain to freshen everything up. It seems strange after the 300 plus mm of rain – that’s about 12 inches – that we had in February.

The sweet pollen fragrance from the sasanquas is all around as you walk the garden. The tea camellia, Camellia sinensis, is flowering – and the bees are loving it – there are hundreds of bees in these bushes, as well as all the sasanquas. All the nectar loving birds are into them as well – makes a mess of the flowers, but that’s ok. Who says you need natives…..

The early japonicas, Arejishi and Alba Plena have their first flowers. The others are all budded up and we will see more and more over the coming weeks.

We have had a number of visitors wanting camellias already and people are asking when we will start our open days. So, we start just after Easter – weekends unless specified, as detailed below. Our open days just mean that we are open to the public, you can wander the gardens, and we will have plants for sale. Most of our plants are in 140mm pots.

Open Days

Saturday and Sunday 11 & 12 April 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Monday to Friday 13 to 17 April – please call to confirm – 5445 0333 or sales@camelliaglen.com
Saturday 18 April 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 April 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 May 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturday 9 May 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Sunday 10 May CLOSED – Mother’s Day
Saturday 16 May CLOSED

Sunday 17 May open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 May 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 May 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 6 and 7 June – OPEN – or see us at Maleny Gardening on the Edge
Saturday and Sunday 13 and 14 June CLOSED – Queensland Camellia Society Day here at Camellia Glen
Saturday and Sunday 20 and 21 June – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 June 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 July CLOSED – See us at Queensland Camellia Society Show and Bloom Competition – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Toowong on SUNDAY 5 July. Open to the Public for a small entry charge.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10, 11,and 12 July – CLOSED – see us at Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au

Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 July 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 July 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

We will have other days in August – to be confirmed.

See the web site for BIGS – Brisbane International Garden Show – Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine – 8, 9, 10 and 11 October.
www.brisbanegardenshow.com.au

Come and visit, we have some 300 camellias in the garden, some azaleas, vireya rhododendron and a few magnolias and michelias. We have about 200 different varieties of camellia for sale – there is sure to be something that you like.

Get out into the garden today…

Sasanqua Sparkling Burgundy

Japonica Alba Plena


Nursery Open to the Public Saturday 25 October – and a bit of camellia culture

What Beautiful weather – all we need now is a week of good soaking rain….Following last weekend’s open days, we will again be open this Saturday 25 October – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

We have several hundred camellias – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and some species – about 175 different varieties – there is sure to be something that appeals.

All our available plants are in 140mm pots, 9 to 12 months old with well developed roots. Plants are between 20 and 90 cm, depending on the natural development of that particular variety. These plants are putting on their new season growth now and are just itching for a new home. Now is a great time for planting – although last month would have been better – but we covered that in the last blog.

We hope that you will visit if you are needing camellias.

A bit of camellia culture.
We are requested on a regular basis, what is the best camellia camellias for growing in the ‘Brisbane’ area – as an example. Let’s start by saying that all the 40 or 50 varieties of sasanquas that we grow suit local conditions. All sasanquas perform and flower at their best in full sun, although they will take a part shade position with easy. Sasanquas are the autumn flowering ones – starting to flower in March/April – Mikuni-ko starts even earlier – and going through to July for the late flowering ones like Bert Jones. So any sasanqua will suit the Brisbane region and most regions from Maryborough to Hobart and in between. Just remember the basic needs of a well drained, acid soil, and sufficient water to get them established for a start. There are a few sasanquas that give us grief and they include Betsy Baker and Pink Frills (a beautiful flower but a poor shrub). Selection will ofter depend on flower form and height and shape of bush you are after, whether a specimen, a group planting, or planting for a screen or hedge, or for a specific effect like a ‘Japanese’ style garden.

Japonicas are less easy to categorise – but start with the same well drained and acid soil, and part shade. Plant in full sun in this area and the plants will generally struggle to thrive as they are suffering sunburn at a time when the roots are yet to establish sufficiently to support the plant. So, part shade, and we prefer morning shade – especially on the formal double flowers that will burn in the sun – and after all, it is the beautiful flowers we hang out for.

Pick you spot, check the soil, follow the basic rules for planting as we have covered before, water and mulch. Do NOT over fertilise.

Any questions, just ask…

So, get out in the garden this weekend, get some sun – it is said that we are all becoming vitamin D deficient because of our sun aversion – and enjoy spring.

Cheers

Camellia Reticulata - Lady Pamela