Another ‘Open to the Public’ day Sat 18 and Sunday 19 October

We will have the nursery ‘Open to the Public’ again this weekend -Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

We have had quite a number of folk wanting to visit over the past weeks and so we have had lots of visitors. The weather has been beautiful – although we desperately need rain – and the camellias, especially the japonicas, are putting on new growth, and are looking fantastic. We have several hundreds of both sasanqua and japonica in 140mm pots that are sale ready. These plants are 12 months old and so have established roots, and vary from 20cm to 60cm depending on the variety and the normal growth habit. We have over 150 different varieties, so if you are wanting something in particular, please ask.

Now is a great time for planting, although last month was better – before the plants started new growth. Be gentle with new growth as it can be quite fragile until it hardens off. Do not over-fertilise, which although tempting to do, it is likely to burn new roots and foliage. There should be enough active slow release fertiliser, in our plants at least, to keep going until the end of the year.

When planting, make your hole twice as big as the plant rootball. You must have a well drained soil – water must drain from the hole freely and not stay for days. Add any composted material that you want to add to the backfill soil, including any well rotted cow, horse, sheep, alpaca, goat manures (avoid fresh chook manure and mushroom compost as these are inclined to be alkaline and we need an acid soil for camellias). You can also add coarse sand or fine gravel to the backfill – this aids drainage and lifts the plant. This is especially good if the area in damp.

Camellias need a well drained and acid soil. They will not tolerate wet and boggy soil. Keep the pH to below 7 and best 6 to 6.5.

Backfill the hole – and our recommendation is to raise the plant proud of the surrounding soil level so that when the newly dug soil settles, your camellia does not find itself in a hole.

Water in your newly planted camellia and mulch well to about 10cm. This keeps the moisture in, stops the top soil from drying and suppresses the weeds. Water well – like a bucket of water – once a week.

Remember, sasanquas can take and perform at their best in full sun. They can also take part shade and be perfectly happy. For SE Queensland where we are, we recommend that japonicas should have at least part day shade. We also recommend morning shade – especially in winter, as the flowers will burn. It is the sun on the dew on the flowers in the morning that burn the flowers. Our morning sun is strong. Particularly protect all formal double flowers. The plants themselves handle the sun well enough.

We will recommence our mail order in December when the new growth hardens sufficiently to cope with packing.

Things to do, plants to plant, cuttings to pot, little plants to make into bigger plants. Time to go.

Come and visit – we have lots of beautiful camellias.


Nursery Open to the Public Sunday 27 July

We are open again today, Sunday 27 July 2014. And what a beautiful morning it has started off. We still have many different varieties of camellias, sasanquas for the sun, japonicas for those part shade positions, and of course the hybrids and species. Hundreds of plants, and about 200 different varieties mostly in 140mm pots (that’s a 6inch pot) with plants between 30cm and 90cm depending on the variety.
Lots of camellias still flowering, come and wander.
We also have many vireya rhododendron available – some flowering now.
Cheers.


Queensland Camellia Society – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – Sunday 29 June

Just a reminder that we will be at the Randall Studio, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Toowong, tomorrow, Sunday 29 June for the annual Queensland Camellia Society show. We will have lots of plants there for sale. If we don’t have a particular variety there, we will be at the nursery the following weekend Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July – ask – we have about 200 varieties of camellias available.

Remember, Queensland Garden Expo, Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July – Nambour Show Grounds, Sunshine Coast – for the best garden show in Australia. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au

Hope you got some rain..


Camellia sales – open this weekend

We are open again this weekend – 8.00am to 3.00pm.
Here is our schedule for the next few weeks:

Saturday and Sunday 24 and 25 May – open
Saturday and Sunday 31 May and 1 June – open
Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 June – open
We will also be at the Maleny Showgrounds for the Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening on the Edge’ weekend
Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 June – open
Saturday 21 June – open
Sunday 22 June – closed
Saturday 28 June – open
Sunday 29 June – closed
Sunday 29 June – Queensland Camellia Society Annual Show and Bloom Competition – Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens, Richard Randall Studio. Camellia plants for sale on site.
Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 July – open
Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 July – Nursery Closed
Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July – Nambour Showgrounds – Qld Garden Expo. Best garden show in Australia. www.qldgardenexpo.com
Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 July – open
Saturday 26 July – open
Sunday 27 July – closed

Then by appointment on weekends

Saturday 16 August – Qld Camellia Society Camellia Workshop – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Auditorium. Demonstration on all things camellia; cuttings, grafting, potting, pruning, growing in pots, general care. Afternoon tea on sale. Plants for sale.

Candy Flame


Camellias – Nursery Open to the Public

A few cold mornings and nights, down to single digits – centigrade – reminded us that winter is on the way. For us, that means camellias. Our sasanquas – the sun hardy ones – the Autumn flowering ones – have been flowering since March and many are still in full flower and some of the late ones still to flower in full.

Sasanqua Fuji no Mine

Sasanqua Narumigata

The Japonicas are flowering as well and these will continue for the next few months with the late ones finishing around September with the odd one in October. By then, the weather is too warm for the flowers to stay at their best for more that a day or so before getting burnt.

A lovely Japonica - Jean Lyne

A formal double Japonica - Paolina Maggi

We are open again this Saturday 10 May, but closed Sunday – Mothers Day. Dates follow:

We are open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Open Saturday 10 May
Closed Sunday 11 May – Mothers Day
Open Saturday 17
Closed Sunday 18 May
Open Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May

More Open Days to follow……

Upcoming Events

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June – Gardening on the Edge – Maleny Garden Club, Maleny show grounds. Plants available for sale.
Sunday 29 June – Queensland Camellia Society Display and Show – Randall Studio – Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Plants available for sale.
Friday 11, Sat 12, and Sunday 13 July – Queensland Garden Expo – Nambour Show Grounds, Nambour. Plants for sale. Best garden show around. A must see for gardeners of all persuasions. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July – Toowoomba Camellia and Flower Show – TAFE College Toowoomba. More details later.
Saturday 16 August – Queensland Camellia Society Camellia Workshop – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Plants for sale, guest speakers on all things camellia, workshops on pot culture, potting, taking cuttings, grafting camellias, flower arrangements with camellias and so much more.

It’s a great time to get out and enjoy the gardens at this time of the year. Drop by our place on one of our open days and walk the garden and see just how beautiful and versatile these plants are.

Enjoy.

Old camellias in a planting of 9 - Pazo de Marinan, Galicia, Spain


Nursery Open this Weekend 3 and 4 May – Camellia Glen

Despite the wet and the cooler weather forecast for the weekend, we will be open this Saturday and Sunday – 3rd and 4th May – 8.00am to 3.00 pm and already expecting a few people to visit.

Last weekend was a great one for the camellia lovers who visited us – they had the pick of the new season plants and many left with some hard to find treasures.

The sasanquas are still in full flower and making a great show. The japonicas and some hybrids are showing some colour with flowers on the early starters like the great red Beni Arejishi, the deep red Takanini, Grape Soda, Aspasia Macarthur and sports, Margaret Davis, Otahuhu Beauty and Lady Loch, Lipstick, Silver Tower, some absolutely perfect Desire flowers that are very happy with the overcast weather which is giving these temperamental blooms lots of sun protection, Dona Herzillia de Freitas Magalhaes, Tamzin Coull and more. Not peak flowering, but the more I think about, there were a lot of flowers out today when I was walking some camellia lovers around the garden.

Camellia Hybrid - Tamzin Coull

For those of you who might be looking for something in particular, drop in – apart from some 50 sasanqua varieties, we have over 200 different japonica and hybrid varieties, a few of the species.
See our previous blog for our open days schedule.
Look forward to seeing some of you this weekend.


Open to the Public; Camellias; Direct from us.

Camellia Glen Nursery is starting open days for the start of the camellia season – this weekend. See the schedule in our last blog. So we are open this Saturday and Sunday 12 and 13 April – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

The sasanquas are flowering well; if you would like to see these in flower, the time is now.

But where are the japonica flowers? At the Queensland Camellia Society meeting last Sunday, our VP David, from Toowoomba, was saying that they had flowers on 70 different varieties, and brought a lovely selection of flowers to prove it. One was Easter Morn – early even for that….

After some discussion, most other members in the greater Brisbane area agreed that the japonicas were late this season.

One of the contributing reasons will be the lack of rain during the flower developing stage. It seems our Toowoomba friends hand water regularly, and this is the difference. Since most of us in SE Queensland at least, have received some good rain, we can look forward to a good season, if a little late in starting.

With the big cyclone up north, there will be a lot more water and rain around – lets hope that these folk didn’t suffer too badly in the wind and the water heads out to those who are still in desperate drought conditions.

We look forward to seeing some of you up here for our open days. We are often asked if we have much stock on hand. We grow all our own stock so what we have is what we have. We are a small operation – but there will be some 6000 plants across about 210 different varieties. This is enough to satisfy most.

Get out in to the garden this weekend and get dirty…


Camellias – Open to the Public

It’s Camellia Season again. That is,  in South East Queensland.
Sasanquas have started flowering and the early japonicas are showing some colour. It has been very dry here and there is no doubt that camellias, like most plants, perform and flower better when they have had some good rain.
The earliest japonicas for us include Arejishi, Alba Plena, Fimbriata (A sport of Alba Plena) and Kamo Hon Ami. But the others are sure to follow.

We will start our Open Days – now. These are days when we invite members of the public to our garden and nursery – you can wander the garden – it is not a show garden but is does contain some 350 odd camellias which make a nice display when in flower, and you can purchase plants.

Open days:
We are open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
Open April 7 to 17 (school holidays here)
Closed Easter – 18 to 21 April
Open Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April
Open Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May
Open Saturday 10 May
Closed Sunday 11 May – Mothers Day
Closed Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May
Open Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May

More Open Days to follow……

Upcoming Events

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June – Gardening on the Edge – Maleny Garden Club, Maleny show grounds. Plants available for sale.
Sunday 29 June – Queensland Camellia Society Display and Show – Randall Studio – Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Plants available for sale.
Friday 11, Sat 12, and Sunday 13 July – Queensland Garden Expo – Nambour Show Grounds, Nambour. Plants for sale. Best garden show around. A must see for gardeners of all persuasions. www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July – Toowoomba Camellia and Flower Show – TAFE College Toowoomba. More details later.
Saturday 16 August – Queensland Camellia Society Camellia Workshop – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Plants for sale, guest speakers on all things camellia, workshops on pot culture, potting, taking cuttings, grafting camellias, flower arrangements with camellias and so much more.

We attended the International Camellia Show in Vigo, Galicia, Spain, while at the ICS (International Camellia Society) congress in March. This is a pic of some of the camellias on display.

Camellia Display - Vigo, Galicia, Spain. March 2014

Xinzi - a newish hybrid of C. petalotti - purple blue

This hybrid of C. petalotti is this colour – I photographed it in a garden in Galicia, Spain last month.

To my knowledge it is not available for sale – certainly not in Australia.


It’s Almost Camellia Season

It’s camellia season again, almost. Some of the early sasanquas are flowering with Mikuni Ko again leading the pack followed by Sparkling Burgundy. Some japonicas are showing spot flowers as well. It is a pity that it has been, and still is, so dry, here in SE Queensland. There are other areas in Australia in deep drought and I read in the Camellias Victoria newsletter, that a lot of gardens are showing plants with heat scorching and burning.

A lot of plants in our garden that do not get water via irrigation or hose, have not put on their spring and summer growth, and now, with the few showers of rain we have had, that are shooting as well as budding.

Keep the water up and the flowers will come.

Open Days coming up in April.

Barry's Chance - a sasanqua


Camellias – What next!

Next weekend – well Thursday 28th August till Monday 2 September – we will be attending the National Congress for Camellias Australia in Melbourne, and as I understand, this is peak camellia flowering for them and we are looking forward to checking out the camellia shows being held. Interestingly, we have just walked our garden and commented that the camellias are past their best – our season is coming to an end.

Not that it’s over yet, we still have thousands of flowers out on a hundred or more shrubs. But, although our mornings and evenings are cool – well down to 4 and 6 degrees C – during the day we are having beautiful, warm to hot, dry days. It was about 23 degrees today and it has been some weeks since we have had rain. Great if you are on holidays in the best place on earth and with beaches to match, but not so good if you are a camellia. The dry air makes the flowers look sad after a few days and the plants are flat out trying to suck up enough moisture to keep them looking good.

I would love to be able to irrigate the entire gardens but we can’t.

Over the past few weeks, we have started to prune the sasanquas. These can be cut back hard at this time of the season – that’s the end of winter for us – the flowers are finished for the season and it is still a few weeks before they start to put on new growth. Cut back to shape and size. You can fertilise your plants now also, but be sure you can water them well – unless you are having or expecting rain. And by rain, I mean a good dose of rain – not a sprinkle. It is a good time to lay out new mulch. Rake over and around your bushes to mix the fertiliser into any remaining mulch – not too deep so as to disturb surface roots – but just to ensure the old mulch is not forming a barrier to any moisture getting down to the roots. Spread you new mulch over the top. Again, water it all in.

Leave the pruning of japonicas and hybrids until the flowering has finished over the coming weeks. Japonicas will start putting on new growth very quickly after finishing flowering – so long as we have had some nice rain.

Japs and hybrids will continue to flower for a while yet, and cultivars like Midnight Magic are still to hit full flower. Standouts in our garden are the NZ bred Nicky Crisp, Contemplation and Tamzin Coull, with the reticulatas in full flower and looking fantastic.

Tamzin Coull

This season, we have acquired a number of reticulatas to try in our garden. These have been purchased from a well established retail nursery who consistently sources plants from suppliers south of here. It is disappointing to find a couple of these plants flowering wrongly – well they are not really flowering wrongly – the plants are flowering just fine – they have just been incorrectly labeled. Last season, a Miss Tulare flowered a very nice formal double pink and is probably Simpatica, and this week, Sir Eric Pearce is flowering red and not the pink that Sir Eric is described as. We have other camellia fanatics who also purchased these named cultivars to have the same disappointment.

We can understand why the buying public get annoyed, confused and disillusioned when purchasing plants to find the flowers not what they expect. It was for this very reason that we started to do our own propagation for sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and species – taking cuttings only from parent plants that are known to be correct and correctly named. We have now been very fortunate to have been given grafting material for a number of reticulatas which we know are correctly named. Thanks William…..see you in Melbourne.

Although these couple of plants have flowered not as expected, the flowers are still wonderous and beautiful and will still give us a great amount of pleasure in the years to come.

Reticulata Lady Pamela

Get out into the garden, relax and enjoy – it’s good for the soul, and the blood pressure.