dellac's blog: Higo, higo

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 1:58 AM

Who'd like to see a few Camellia pics? The Spring shows have brought out some sweet blooms.

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I planted Camellia 'Waterlily' when I was a child, and it has now become a small tree. On the rare times I visit, I can stand beneath it. If I were there right now, I could no doubt stand in a carpet of fallen pink petals... while I can't this year I think, in all probability, cattle are enjoying the scene. Alas, sweet Waterlily, you are moosh beneath our hooves.

So, while I once found the full and formal blooms so irresistible , I discovered that the elements and critters of nature never leave a camellia unblemished for long. Perfect camellias are like moments in time! Looking beyond, to further camellia horizons, one discovers a range that depend on more than pristine symmetry for their charm... camellias that can hold their looks a little longer. Camellias with mops like peony and gorgeous leaves (reticulatas) year round, or amenable to hedging with irascible little blots of colour (sasanquas)... or... perfect in that timeless oriental sensibility: delicious, simple, sunbursts of stamens that fill a cup of single petals and just enrapture a soul. One could become drunk enjoying the Higos. I still admit that for foliage, the reticulata are just divine, and their blooms are such a gorgeous shambles of colour, I love them! But for a single, stunning bloom, the higo is amazing. And it doesn't rely on just a perfect arrangement of bruise-less petals - it's the crown of stamens that hold the eye!

Ahhhh, anyway, there was such a sweet little higo at the show. This is 'Ohkan':

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I'm in love. Enjoy :)

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