Camellias – Open this weekend – 23 and 24 July

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Camellia japonica Omega

Camellias are flowering beautifully after the rain and a little cooler weather – not that the 27 degrees we had today could be considered cool…..

Camellia Glen gardens and nursery is open to the public again this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm. Come and visit, walk the gardens, see the 400 or so camellias in flower – well some are in flower – the sasanquas are largely finished – also a few of the 25 magnolias are flowering as well, as are some of the vireya rhododendron.

And there are a few hundred camellias available for sale. Choose some for your garden. Some of the folk who we spoke to at the Queensland Garden Expo early July will be dropping by for plants that they are chasing. Come join us for a wander.

Now is a great time to plant camellias – not only can you see them in flower, but the plants are largely dormant – so planting now gets them in the ground and settled in before the spring growth starts – which for us is around September – and before it gets hot.

Remember, sasanquas – of all colours including the whites – take full sun. They will also perform well in part shade as long as they get plenty of good light. Sasanquas make great individual garden plants, screens and hedges – formal and not so.

Japonicas – our recommendation is to give them at least part shade – and the formal double flowers do best if they get morning shade, otherwise the flowers can spoil before their time. Hybrids can often be more sun tolerant, but remember that our winter sun here in SE Queensland is quite a lot stronger than that enjoyed in places like Sydney/Melbourne. So plant to your conditions.

Well drained and a slightly acid soil and the basic needs; water young plants and mulch.

Get out in the garden this weekend – and get dirty….


Camellia Glen – It’s Camellia Season – Open Days

It’s June 2, winter has begun, and the evenings are just now getting cooler.
We have had a few showers of rain over the past 24hours and more wet weather is forecast – we need some rain.

Time flies, the sasanquas – the autumn camellias – have been flowering for weeks now and will continue for the next month or so. The early flowering japonicas started spot flowering a few weeks ago and many are now in full flower. These will continue up until September – by then it is too hot again for our camellias to be flowering well.

Our ‘open to the public’ days have again been well received with folk coming to walk our gardens and to purchase camellias for theirs. We will have more open days as well as a number of external open gardens, shows and events. Here are some details:

Open Days
All our open days are from 8.00am to 3.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 June 2016
Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June
ALSO – 11 and 12 June – Gardening on the Edge – Maleny Garden Club – Maleny Showgrounds – open gardens and plant sales – lots of interesting camellias available.
Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 June
ALSO – 18 June – Open Garden – the Sheahan garden, Palmwoods. Supports ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’. Plant sales – including lots of camellias.
Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June
ALSO – 25 and 26 June – Open Garden at Kellyfield Camellias, 958 Kidaman Creek Road, Curramore via Maleny. A great camellia garden, sausage sizzle, morning and afternoon teas, beautiful camellias for sale. Open 9.00am to 4.00pm. Entry by donation. Supports ‘Give Me 5 for Kids’.
Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 July 2016
ALSO – 2 and 3 July – supporting the Daniel Morecombe Foundation – Open Garden at Camellia House (Daniel’s old home), 116 Woombye Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods. 10.00am to 4.00pm, wander 5.5 acres of mature gardens including 700 camellias and much more. Sausage sizzle, refreshments, bric-a-brac, memorabilia, classic car display on Sunday morning including Aston Martins. Lots of beautiful camellias for sale. Entry $8 – supports Daniel Morecombe Foundation.
Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 July 2016 – CLOSED
BUT see us at Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour Showgrounds, 8, 9 and 10 July. Best garden show around.
www.qldgardenexpo.com.au
Saturday 16 July CLOSED
Sunday 17 July
Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 July
Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July – CLOSED
BUT – see us at Queensland Camellia Society Annual Show and Sale on Sunday 31 July – Brisbane Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Open 9.00am to 3.00pm – Camellia talks, Camellia advice, Camellia plant sales, Camellia bloom competition and displays. Refreshments available. Entry $4.00.

After that, we will be available, as usual, by appointment.

Most of our plants are available in 140mm pots with some in 200mm sizes.

Come and visit, wander our gardens and see these beautiful plants in flower.

Silver Tower

Camellia Japonica ‘Silver Tower’


Camellia Glen – Camellias – Open Days 2016

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 the flowers need a drink. We have missed all the recent rain but our plants are looking good. Perhaps the cooler nights will kick in soon.

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.

We start our open days this weekend – a bit early, but we have people wanting to visit.
So here is a schedule as best we know. If in doubt, please email to sales@camelliaglen.com or phone 07 54450333.
Nursery times are 8.00 am to 3.00 pm unless otherwise stated.
We do not accept cards, so please – cash.
We will also be available at other time during the week – please contact us, as above, to arrange a mutually convenient time.

Open Days
Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 April 8.00 am to 3.00pm
Saturday 9 April 8.00 to 3.00
Closed Sunday 10 April
Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 April 8.00 to 3.00
Saturday and Sunday 23 and 24 April 8.00 to 3.00
Monday 25 April Anzac Day Closed
Saturday and Sunday 30 April 1 May 8.00 to 3.00
Monday May 2 – Labour Day public holiday – closed
Saturday 7 May 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 8 May – Mothers Day – closed
Saturday 14 May 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 15 Closed (QCS Sherwood)
Saturday 21 8.00 to 3.00
Sunday 22 May Closed (HMAQ visit)
Saturday and Sunday 28 and 29 May 8.00 to 3.00

More later.

Dates to note:
Maleny Garden Club – Gardening on the Edge – Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 June
Kellyfield Camellias Curramore (Maleny) Open Garden – Give Me 5 for Kids – Saturday and Sunday 25 and 26 June
Camellia House, Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods – Open Garden – Saturday and Sunday 2 and 3 July
Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8, 9 and 10 July
Queensland Camellia Society – Show and Sale – Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens – 31 July
Brisbane International Garden Show, Strathpine – 6, 7, 8 and 9 October

More information available later.

Come visit, walk the gardens and see these beautiful plants in flower.

Get out in the garden and get dirty….

Beatrice Emily

Sasanqua Beatrice Emily

 


Open Days 24 and 25 October

We are open to the public this weekend – Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October – 8.00am to 3.00pm.
This will be the last open day for this season….after this, we will be available by appointment as usual.
We will have a bunch of camellias available – sasanquas for the sunny parts of the garden – a few hundred in 140mm pots and a nice collection in 200mm pots. We are selling out of some varieties – but that’s the objective. Japonicas – for the semi shade spots, at least part shade – we have a thousand or so across more than a hundred varieties. Most are in 140mm pots, but again we have a small number in 200mm pots. We have some hybrids and a few species well.

We need to make some room for new season plants, so drop by and pick up some of the best camellias we have grown.

Camellia japonica Royal Velvet – one of the best garden camellias

This is a great time to plant, there is new growth showing and getting plants now to either pot up or plant out will result in some amazing growth over the next few weeks. For those who planned, yes, a month or so ago was a better time to plant – before the new growth started, but if you are careful, there will be little damage to the tender new shoots and leaves.

When you are planting out, remember to tickle the roots out so that the new roots will not continue to grow in the curled shape of the pot. This helps make a healthier plant in the long term. A light application of fertiliser now, added to the backfill, will give the plants a good run into spring and summer. Water in well – and that means a slow half a bucket worth of water to get moisture right down into the soil. Mulching now will suppress weeds as well as keep the root area cool and reduce evaporation.

Look out for little caterpillars and aphids in the new foliage. Squish the grubs and you can hose off aphids.

Camellias will make a great addition to any garden, as a specimen plant, a forest or a hedge. Come in and see us, and we can advise you on what might suit your site best.

Get out into the garden – its good for the soul.

Sasanqua Barrys Chance - for the full sun


Brisbane International Garden Show

Set up ready to go

BIGS starts Thursday 8 October and runs through to Sunday 11. It is all set up and ready to run….almost. It will be the biggest gardening event to hit Brisbane and should be a lot of fun.
Although camellias have all but finished flowering, we will still have plenty on display and for sale. Now is a great time to plant as plants are just putting on their new growth.

Plant for that specimen plant in the garden, plant for group plantings, hedges and screens. We probable still have more varieties than most people have seen….drop by and see us at BIGS.


Camellias – Nursery and Garden open to the Public – Sunday 16 August 2015

We have acquiesced to several requests to be open this weekend – so Sunday 16 August – 8.00am to 3.00pm – we will be open. Camellias – still plenty in flower in the garden -many Japonicas and Reticulatas – and still many (a thousand or two) plants – sasanquas, japonicas, hybrids and some species.

Camellia sasanquas for that screen or hedge or just for a sunny spot in the garden; japonicas for those part shade positions.

Drop in – we will find something for every body.

Beautiful weather for gardening – get out in it!

Camellia japonica 'Royal Velvet'


Camellias – Queensland Garden Expo

This weekend, at Nambour Showgrounds, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10, 11, and 12 July, Queensland Garden Expo is the premier subtropical gardening event in Australia. About 300 site holders including over 60 nurseries with thousands of plants on sale each day.
We will be there, site #291, with more camellia varieties that can be seen anywhere – except at our nursery.
We will have hundreds of camellias, sasanqua for sunny spots, japonica and hybrids for part shade, and some species. We will not have every variety available, but there will be something for everyone.
We will be open to the public again the following weekends – 18 and 19, 25 and 26 July and 1 and 2 August.
See us at QGE or come to one of our Open Days on the following weeks.
Great time of the year for gardening……especially for camellias.

Camellia japonica 'Clarence Hearn'

Camellia japonica 'Contemplation' - with bees


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'