In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of cuttings from our gardens.

There are two sasanquas in my garden along the north side of the house. They were planted a couple years after we moved here as replacements for wax myrtles (part of the original landscaping package that came with the house.  The wax myrtles had unceremoniously become upended after a minor wind storm.) These camellias just happened to be the ones I found at the nursery the day I went to shop: Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’ and ‘Yuletide’.  At the same time I bought one hybrid Camellia ‘Coral Delight’ (C. japonica × C. saluenensis) that blooms early spring. I had beginner’s luck with these three camellias—none I have planted since have survived.  The rest of the garden is too sunny and harsh and probably too dry.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’

The two sasanquas provide flowers for the Thanksgiving table and continue well into January. ‘Hana-Jiman’ began this year around October 24, 2020 and ‘Yuletide’ around November 4, 2020. I find them difficult to arrange. Often they are simply floated in a shallow dish where the entire flower can be easily viewed, but this week I attempted to mix them with greenery and force them into a more complex design.

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

Look quickly. Twice already I have found the floor covered with camellia petals. Soon the foliage and anthurium harvested from a house plant may be all that remains.

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

Materials
Flowers
Anthurium
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hana-Jiman’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Foliage
Arum italicum
Camellia sasanqua
Gardenia
Vase
Black-glazed ceramic square, floral pin

In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us an opportunity to share flower-filled vases across the world. Visit her to discover what she and others found to place in a vase this week.

28 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Camellias

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh I now how much you’ve enjoyed MB. My sister who lives there says Covid hasn’t appeared to have kept many away, so it’s probably smart you’re not traveling.

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  1. Chloris

    A gorgeous arrangement, the camellias are so pretty. I was wondering when your Yuletide would bloom. Mine, which I bought after seeing yours is a bit later, maybe it will live up to its name and bloom for Xmas.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Yuletide bursts out early here. Hope you have lots of Christmas blooms! You’ll have to be sure to post photos! You may be seeing mine a lot as I don’t have anything else coming until hellebores open.

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  2. Annette

    Just heavenly, Susie, bravo. There’s a Camellia garden in Locarno/Switzerland right on lakeshore with the alps in the background – you’d love it. Next year I shall get Yuletide. My sasanqua has been covered in flowers this year. It’s amazing how well it copes with heat and drought.

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  3. Kris P

    You were lucky indeed with your Camellia purchases, Susie. I’d love to have ‘Hana-Jiman’ growing in my own garden. My own sasanquas came with the garden. There are two forms but they’re the same color and, while I’d like to expand my collection, conditions aren’t at all favorable given our near-perpetual state of drought and my alkaline soil – I’ve no idea how the prior owner who planted them managed to get them established but I imagine water restrictions weren’t an issue.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I prefer ‘Hana-Jiman’ to ‘Yuletide’ actually. There are some white ones I’ve tried. I really love the double ones. My mother had a tea camellia that I always liked growing up, so I’ve attempted to grow that one too. I really haven’t had time to garden the past few years but someday…

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  4. Eliza Waters

    Camellias have such a pretty flower with those golden stamens standing proudly in the center. I remember your ‘Yuletide’ from previous years and love how Christmasy it looks. Well-named!

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  5. Cathy

    How lovely. 😃 They look so fragile but must be pretty tough plants to flower through the winter. Yuletide is especially pretty simply for its festive colour. 😉

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Camellia ‘Coral Delight’
      Camellia x ‘Coral Delight’
      Synonym: Camellia japonica x Camellia saluenensis
      Winter flowering, filtered sun, slow growing 6-8 ft tall and wide (2019 really good year for blooms. March 20, 2019 it was in full bloom)

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