Monday, November 7, 2016

Summer's Over: Here is a present.

I absolutely adore Fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the disappearance of all humidity, and best of all the crisp clear mornings and the sunrises! October at the beach is the absolute best month ever!

One of my favorite parts of fall though is when the Camellia Sasanqua begin to bloom. Most Sasanqua are fall blooming shrubs. After a long hot humid and often stormy summer at the beach, the show put on by Sasanquas are almost like Mother Nature saying, " it was a hot summer, here is a gift for you to make up for it. There is nothing like it. I love the variety and the foliage, everything about them, but then again, I have never met a plant I didn't like. I have met a few that don't like me, but never 1 that I didn't like. hahaha.

I recently read a great article that talks about camellia sasanqua. You can find it here : Camellia Sasanqua : Cleopatra's Sister. I hope that you will take the time to check it out. In the mean time, My show of fall flowers begins with
Sparkling Burgundy

Sparkling Burgundy is usually the first to begin blooming. I can always count on this one to put on a show in late September/ Early October.

This one is Taylor's Pink Perfection. It is a lighter color than Sparkling Burgundy, but just as gorgeous. It doesn't grow as tall as Sparkling Burgundy either.
This gorgeous White Sasanqua is called Mine No Yuki which means white doves. It too begins the blooming season with a mass of white flowers that are so pretty, it can sometimes hurt your eyes to look at it.  The tips of the edges of these blossoms are sometimes tinged with pink, but it doesn't hold the pink color, it fades almost immediately to a beautiful clear white.

This gorgeous Red Sasanqua is Yuletide. Normally it blooms later in the season, closer to December, but this year it is blooming earlier. We have just been through Hurricane Matthew and I have learned over the years, that after a storm there are a lot of plants that are confused and bloom either earlier or later than usual.
If you are interested in adding these beautiful plants to your garden, check your local garden centers. Most are hardy to zone 7 but not much colder than that.
Alot of these varieties have been cultivated for hundreds of years in Japan and other countries. They came to America along with the immigrants from these countries.
If you are interested in propagating these, here is a link to a post I did a while back, I hope you find it useful :Rooting Sasanquas
Hope you enjoy your fall as much as I am enjoying mine.
If you decide to root these, or just add some to your landscape, leave me a comment and let's compare notes.


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