Tuesday, 15 May 2007

More on camellias

Camellia sasanqua began flowering in numerous local gardens over a month ago. It is now in full bloom and very eye-catching. At Blackheath in the grounds of the community centre is this vigorous if slightly straggly example, thriving with seemingly little care. (Thank you brother-in-law Paul for having your camera handy). Pink forms like this are the most ubiquitous, but a neighbour of ours has a particularly attractive bi-color one with white petals dipped in raspberry pink. In Vancouver's persistent winter rains, the flowers so often turn sodden and brown within hours of opening, but here in Australia's dry climate, they have a much longer shelf life.

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