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Dec 25, 2017 2:13 AM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Your camellia looks just like the one my late neighbor had. One year he brought me a bloom and said I should smell it. I don't know if this is true of all camellias, but it had no scent. Fooled me.

Every year after that he'd bring me a bloom and would try the same 'trick'. I'd just shake my head and laugh.

I don't know if your camellia is the same as his. Just wanted you to know that every time it floats by on the screen, it gives me a big grin.
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Dec 25, 2017 10:56 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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My camellia has no scent. I have never smelled a camellia that had any scent & I have sniffed many. As far as I know, camellia blooms aren't fragrant.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Dec 25, 2017 1:15 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Sadly his camelia hasn't bloomed since he died. I know because I've been keeping an eyeball on it. His house has been in probate for over 5 years now and whoever ends up as the rightful owner is undoubtedly going to tear the house down. Even if I can't rescue the camellia, there are some irises that should be liberated.

So anyway, I miss him trying to fool me every year. Found out that he tried it on the neighbor who lives on the other side too.
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Dec 25, 2017 1:23 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
They probably just need some acid fertilizer. I don't imagine you're soil is acid there and azaleas and camellias and as far as I know all rhododendrons require a certain amount of acid in the soil or you have to give them fertilizer that has acid.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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