Wow – Nitidissima has flowered!

Nitidissima in Flower - June 2011

On wandering the garden this morning to pick blooms for our Open Days this weekend, guess what we found! A flower on C. Nitidissima!

This is the first of about a dozen buds to open. Beautiful colour and form – about 5cm across with recurved petals and a big boss of bright gold stamen. Both the buds and the flower colour are a lot stronger than the last time we photographed it six years ago as a very young plant.

Sadly our attempts to propagate it have been largely unsuccessful. We had five cuttings strike two years ago and they grew for almost a year, but then they all gradually died. We will try again!

Beautiful day today, check your flower buds for bud grubs – we found two today – they eat the centre out of the buds and spoil the flower. Now is the time to dis-bud if you wish to get better quality blooms. Just twist off every second bud.

Have a great time in the garden – don’t forget you can see us at Maleny ‘Gardening on the Edge’ next weekend – 11/12 June.  We are having lots of people visit us here on our open days – we are open all this weekend and next weekend, 8.00am-3.00pm Saturday and Sunday.

Nitidissima – the story continues

In previous posts, I have talked about our c.nitidissima – one of the yellow species camellias. We have had a seed develop from last season’s flowers which we found while searching for this season’s flowers. And, yes, we do  have a number of flowers continuing to develop. But the seed pod has split open and so I have taken it off the shrub this evening. The pod is still quite green, and the  material surrounding the seed is quite soft and pithy – like the inside of the skin of a navel orange.

This is the first seed we have seen on nitidissima so this is of significant interest to us. One photo shows the seed intact but split, the other shows the two hard seeds and the pithy material surrounding them. I will treat these seeds the same as other species that we grow from seed eg sinensis and crapnelliana, and hope that nitidissima liked the same treatment.

We will keep the little seeds inside until they shoot for two reasons, one to keep a close eye on them, and second, the possums and bandicoots love magnolia and michelia seeds and have a habit of digging up seeds and eating them – I don’t want them any where near these just in case.

Nitidissima seed pod starting to split open

Nitidissima seed pod and seeds

Our Open Days June 2011

We will be ‘Open to the Public’ each weekend in June and most of July as follows. We are open 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June – see us also at the Maleny Garden Club ‘Gardening on the Edge” – Maleny High School hall
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July – see us also at Australia Open Garden Scheme, Camellia House, 116 Woombye-Palmwoods Road, Palmwoods, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
  • CLOSED 8,9 and 10 July – Queensland Garden Expo
  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July
  • Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July

This is a camellia Flower Girl seedling that we have grown – it is a fantastic looking flower and we hope to propagate it in the future.

Flower Girl seedling

Open to the Public – camellias and vireyas

Sunday 29 May, we will be at the Glasshouse Country Festival Garden Expo at Turner Park, Beerwah. Come in and see us at site 56. This is a great little show and lots of fun, and the weather is going to be just great……

For our open days  – here are a few dates –

  • Closed – Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May – we will be at Beerwah
  • Open – Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June
  • Open – Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June. We will also be at the Maleny Garden Club Gardening on the Edge, Maleny State High School.
  • Open – Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June
  • Open – Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June

Don’t forget the Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour – Queensland’s premier gardening event and winner of the Queensland Tourism Award for Best Event – Nambour Show Grounds Sunshine Coast 8, 9, 10 July

Open to the public – Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Just a quick note to anyone planning to visit this weekend. We are open both Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

We have some plants and blooms on display and several thousand more in the nursery if you are looking for something specific. We did a show last week and  some folk expressed disappointment that we did not have the variety they wanted. For that particular show, we took 48 camellias and 36 vireya rhododendrons – we grow over 200 varieties of camellia and 80 or so vireyas – we are unlikely to ever guess right! So if you don’t see what you want, please ask. Many people come along with their wish list from our web site, or wander the garden and come back with a wish list – we will do our best to satisfy all requests.

Please also remember that we do NOT have EFTPOS.

High Jinks

High Jinks

Both these flowers are on the same plant of High Jinks – very different looking flowers – both very beautiful.

Nitidissima again

In a blog or two ago, we were saying that our C.nitidissima – or chrysantha – had not flowered for the past 8 years, and then we found flower buds this season – so we have been pleased.

Another close look and we have found a seed, about 6cm and sort of round – so we must have had flowers last year as well. We will have to be more diligent! We will keep an eye on the seed and wait for it to mature and see if we can grow something from seed. All the C.crapnelliana – another species – one with huge seed pods 12 and 13 cm round – are maturing and falling from last season’s flowers, so maybe the nitidissima may be soon. It is still really green, so time will tell.

One other species that we have been trying to prop for a few years is C. lapidea. We are excited to have a seedling coming on, about 12 months old and about 20cm tall. All attempts to prop from cutting and graft have been unsuccessful. We will keep trying as new material becomes available.

Open to the Public, camellias, vireyas

Our open days will be on again for the next two weekends;

  • Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Saturday 21 May and Sunday 22 May – 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

Please be aware that we do not offer EFTPOS – cash only please.

The following Sunday 29 May, we will be at the Glasshouse Sustainability Expo at Beerwah – see us there.

Half Aspasia Macarthur, half Margaret Davis