Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Wordless Wednesday



My new camellia, Camellia japonica ‘Takanini’.










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  1. Oh. my. simply. gorgeous! Love that color, too! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, the colour of the flower is correct on my monitor but every monitor is different so we could all see this flower slightly different – it is described as blood red. Not red towards pink, not red towards orange. I hope that’s what you see too :-)

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  2. Beautiful, it's unusual color for camelia. I have never seen this color before. Fascinating.

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    1. I searched for a red camellia, and there were quite a few of them, both single and double.

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  3. It is not only a beautiful colour, but the double shape of the flower is very interesting.

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    1. The best bit about this camellia is its flowering time – from October to May – 8 months a year!! I am not sure I believe it until I see it, but time will tell. It might have to be a bit bigger before I expect flowering like that, it is just a baby still.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I looked for a year for a suitable camellia as, it is going in a container in my front garden eventually, but right now I am enjoying the flowers so much I need to have it close to me in my back garden where I can see it all the time.

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    1. Thanks, this is the perfect camellia - the only think I could wish for was scent, but I haven’t found a peony flowered red camellia with scent, and I searched for ages! When I found this one, with the amazingly long flowering season, I didn’t have to think long - I bought it :-)

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  6. Love the double flowers Helene. Usually the flowering season seems short, so it'll be good to hear how it fares!

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    1. I just hope it is even close to the truth. Although I am prepared for having to wait a few years before seeing such a long flowering season. 8 months!!

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  7. Lovely! It's too cold here in Switzerland to keep them outside during winters... so I have to stay without Camellia. Indoor places are already occupied by fuchsia etc. *sniff*.

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    1. Oh, I wish you could have room for at least a dwarf camellia, they start to flower in November some of them :-)

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    1. Thanks Jane, and another good thing about this camellia – the blooms are very weather resistant but a slight frost will turn the flowers very dark purple-red without destroying them!
      My other, large camellia that I inherited with the house often gets frost burned flowers at least once or twice during the flower season, although I hope it won’t this year, it would be rather unlucky to get frost in March when we have had absolutely no frost so far this winter!

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    2. I think you'll have to bubble wrap this beauty from the frosts & hold a brolly over it when it rains.

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    1. Thank you, I hope it grows quickly to a mid size bush – and then it can kind of slow down, don’t want it to become too large as I am going to grow it in a container.

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  10. Awww, nice! I'm jealous. I'm going to try a Camellia as an indoor/outdoor plant, because obviously our winters are too cold. Maybe April Dawn. Love Camellias!

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    1. ‘April Dawn’ is a lovely camellia, I looked at it too when I did my research, lovely striped one.
      My huge camellia ‘tree’ opened its first flower yesterday and 26th February is not the earliest it has flowered, I have had start of flowers in mid or even early February some years.
      In 2012 the first flowers opened 19th February and it was in full flower by 1st March. Last year was totally different of course, first flowers opened 27th March but it was very slow to get going, by 15th April it was still just flowering very sparingly – the result was that it actually flowered for 3 months before it was all over.
      This year I think it’s going to be a more normal 6-8 weeks of flowering, unless the weather has something more nasty in for us!

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    2. Sounds lovely, Helene! There's just something magical about Camellias!

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  11. So pretty! I love the petal configuration.

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    1. Apparently the flowers of Takanini have each got over 200 petaloids. I wonder if someone have actually counted them or just estimated? I found all theses snippets of info on the Internet :-)

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  12. Your Camellia Takanini is stunning, Helene! Although you grow it in a pot it grows very well and looks healthy. It's pity I can't plant camellia in my garden because of a cold winter, but I'd love to!

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    1. Thanks Nadezda, I have just received this camellia and yesterday I planted it in a slightly larger container that looks a bit nicer than just a black pot. I will continue to give it a larger container when it needs it, but I don’t want the camellia to grow too big and tall. I have read that final height can be anywhere from 1.8m to 9m (!!!)– not sure why it varies so much but that’s often how it is, time will tell!

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  13. That crimson red is gorgeous. What a lovely addition to your garden!

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    1. Thank you – and lovely to see you back blogging again!

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