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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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….
Sasanqua Beatrice Emily