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Camellias- ‘Winter Roses’ in my garden….

February 15, 2017
Assortment of Camellia's from my garden.

Assortment of Camellia’s from my garden.


I’ve always  been amazed with the delicate beauty of camellias. Their flowers, in my opinion, often resemble those of a rose. Of course, everyone knows I love roses, so during the winter months my camellias become my ‘winter roses’.

My camellia collection consists of a dozen- 9 Camellia japonicas and 3 Camellia sasanquas.   Of course, by choosing both species I can have the best of both worlds with blooms in the fall, winter and spring.

Presently, I am enjoying the glorious splendor of the Camellia japonica’s in my garden…


Nuccio's bella rosa

Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s bella rosa’

Nuccio’s bella rosa is one of my favorites. I planted two medium sized bushes a few years ago and it never disappoints. Beautiful formal, 4 inch red blooms almost all winter. Gorgeous! 

Nuccio's bella rosa

Camellia japonica ‘Nuccio’s bella rosa’


Camellia japonica 'Nuccio's Gem'

Camellia japonica
‘Nuccio’s Gem’

Another favorite that I’ve grown for years is ‘Nuccio’s Gem‘. I must say what a gem it is with its sparkling white formal winter blooms. Mine is 6 feet tall and situated in a protected area in my garden. 

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‘Delores Edwards’

 This X williamsii hybrid grows well in my Zone 7b hot and humid climate. ‘Delores Edwards‘ has beautiful large semi double orchid pink flowers. Lovely.

 Please click this link for a previous post on my fall blooming Camellia sasanquas .









‘Spring Fling’….in my Garden…

April 8, 2015



It’s that time of year again. Time to share the tulips and other spring bulbs that are in full bloom in my garden.

Every fall I judiciously plant (even though last fall I planted far less) more than a thousand tulips and other bulbs in my garden. All my hard work and sore muscles are then rewarded with the beautiful blossoms that emerge this time of year. I planted a lot more daffodils this time around since the deer stay away from them.  It’s always a ‘touch and go’ scenario with my tulips since the deer tend to eat them. This year was one of my ‘fortunate’ years since they spared my tulips (all 1,000 of them).

Here’s a glimpse of whats blooming in my garden now.  For more photos and inspiration check out my previous posts about bulbs in my garden here:  and  here:





Tulip ‘Queen of Night”






Tulip ‘ Maureen’






Daffodil ‘Pipit’






Daffodil ‘Hawera’






Tulip “Queen of Night and ‘Maureen’






white tulips







Snowflake “Gravetye Giant’