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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Camellias have their time of life in winter;

Camellias smile in the garden
To brighten the day;



I won't add their names now, it is not here nor there! So many beautiful ones to choose from....



This blush beauty is one of my favourites;...heck, they are all my favourites..



Purplish and frilly, a good combination...

"What 's gone and what 's past help should be past grief"..Act III, Scene II ; W.Shakespeare Winter’s Tale;



 Whispers in the deepest, farthest nook,
 where  mosses, ferns  and lichen took
  to moist and watery rocks
 to catch 
rays of light  scribbled on bare limbs. ©Titania


Camellia facts;
Camellia, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to Japan and Indonesia. It is said, there are around 250 described species.
The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel from Brno, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia. This genus is famous throughout East Asia; 


A feast for bees!


To unpathed waters, undreamed shores.  W. Shakespeare Winter’s Tale . Act IV Scene 4


Camellia facts;
The most famous member – though often not recognized as a camellia – is certainly the tea plant (C. sinensis).
Among the ornamental species, the Japanese Camellia (C. japonica) (which despite its name is also found in Korea and Eastern China) and C. sasanqua are perhaps the most widely known, though most camellias grown for their flowers are cultivars or hybrids.



"You pay a great deal too dear for what's given freely". 
 W. Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale 
Act I, Scene I


Camellia facts;
Camellia flowers throughout the genus are characterized by a dense bouquet of conspicuous yellow stamens, contrasting with the petal colors. The "fruit" of camellia plants is a dry capsule, sometimes subdivided in up to five compartments, each compartment containing up to eight seeds. Camellias  are generally well-adapted to acidic soils rich in humus, and most species do not grow well on chalky soil or other calcium-rich soils. Most species of camellias also require a large amount of water. The plants will not tolerate droughts. 
 The experience I have made with Camellia j. and Camellia s. in my garden they are quite  tolerant, once they are established.  I never water them, unless there would be a drought  in the hottest time of year.

Camellia plants are used as food plants by the larvae of a number of Lepidoptera species; see List of Lepidoptera that feed on Camellia. 


Camellia facts;
While the finest teas are produced by C. sinensis courtesy of millennia of selective breeding of this species, many other camellias can be used to produce a similar beverage. For example, in some parts of Japan, tea made from Christmas Camellia (C. sasanqua) leaves is popular.
Tea oil is a sweet seasoning and cooking oil made by pressing the seeds of the Oil-seed Camellia (C. oleifera), the Japanese Camellia (C. japonica), and to a lesser extent other species such as Crapnell's Camellia (C. crapnelliana), C. reticulata, C. sasanqua and C. sinensis. Relatively little-known outside East Asia, it is the most important cooking oil for hundreds of millions of people, particularly in southern China.

The camellia parasite Mycelia sterile produces a metabolite named PF1022A. This is used to produce emodepside, an anthelmintic drug. Mainly due to habitat destruction, several camellias have become quite rare in their natural range. One of these is the aforementioned C. reticulata, grown commercially in thousands for horticulture and oil production, but rare enough in its natural range to be considered a threatened species.


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Evening falls in the valley;
Clouds gather, low and sullen;
The light is pale and distant; 
A feeble sun casts  shadows in the trees
Glides away’ till’ morrow;   ©Titania


Believe it or not:

The happiest time is NOW!  Titania




Photos/Text © Titania

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection of Camellias. The range of colours is quite lovely. They're not a common winter sight up here. You're so lucky to be able to grow such beauties.

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    1. Bernie, amazingly they have a long flowering season here, it depends on their flowering time, early, late or later.. which is a bonus.

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  2. They are all just lovely, Titania. No wonder you can't single out a favourite.

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    1. Thanks Marisa, yes that's how it is, they are all so perfect!

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  3. That is a beautiful collection of Camellias. I find they are tough and need little care. When I came home from our holidays the ground was a carpet of fallen camellias. It sort of looked pretty but messy at the same time. I still haven't had time to pick them up.

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    1. Diane, I like it when the fallen flowers carpet the soil, it is natures way to nourish the soil for the next flowering season.

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  4. They are indeed all very beautiful and I wouldn't be able to choose just one. How wonderful to have them in your garden!

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