dellac's blog: A Camellia from seed...

Posted on Sep 25, 2018 12:14 AM

While I'm in a Camellia frame of mind, I want to share something special. My first (and thus far only!) seed-grown Camellia! I'm certainly biased, but I find it beautiful:
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From the rosebud promise, to the simple, single row of blush and cream petals, the fresh golden stamens, the deep green, reticulated foliage... I just love it. It's my kind of camellia. But I didn't plan it, I just nurtured a gift.

Nature and Aunty Pat must take the credit. Around 40 years ago, Pat sowed seed of a reticulata camellia from a friend's garden. She planted a seedling out in the farmhouse garden, and before too long it bloomed. And grew. And grew. It's still there; 2 storeys tall with a rich mid pink semi-double paeony-style bloom. It sets seed every year, seedlings sprout and several of these have grown to flowering, forming a tight leafy flock around their mother. Five or six years ago, all excited at having a new garden to plant, I dug up 6-7 little ankle-biter sized babies and transplanted them. Only one survived, and this is she. These are her first-ever blooms: reticulata seedling of a reticulata seedling. Who knows though, maybe dad was a sasanqua! hehe.

I feel so happy to have such a legacy from an Aunt who inspired me in horticulture, but passed on 30 years ago. Makes me appreciate that each time you plant a seed, you're travelling in time beyond your years - who will you meet? Who's waiting for you? Get out there and plant (another) seed! ;-)

So, what does everyone think? Is it appealing? Does it have merit? As I said... I'm biased, so I'd like to hear other thoughts.

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