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


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.