The camellia I grew from seed at least 7 years ago has finally finally FINALLY bloomed! It skulked behind the Joe Pye Weed next to the horse stalls in the paddock behind the house for a long time before it suddenly shot up last year. The seed parent was the single white species Camellia sasanqua, so I was expecting a single white. It's pink! I love white flowers but I'm even more thrilled that it's pink. Sweetly fragrant too, as was its parent and as are many sasanqua cultivars.
The plant is very tall and slender because I planted it right next to the stalls (:/), and because of competition with Joe Pye. But hey, I didn't plant the Joe Pye there, it grew there by itself, and
who would cut this down?
There are a few buds and flowers on 'Climbing Old Blush' that survived the dip into the 20's. It's usual for China roses to bloom into November and December, and they remain green all winter. Elizabeth Lawrence wrote of going out in the snow on Christmas Eve to pick some frost bitten buds from her Climbing Pink Daily as she called it when she lived in Raleigh, NC, about 30 miles from where my garden resides.
To see more gardens in bloom visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens, host of Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.