Coastal N.Carolina ~zone 8~
|Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:45 pm
I'm a native Floridian too,
but I've been living and gardening in zone 8 N.C. for the last 20 yrs.
When the fall and winter comes, I would NOT want to be without Camellias!
The fall-blooming Sasanquas will begin to flower in mid-October
and put on a great show for about 4-6 weeks, often still flowering well past Thanksgiving.
I also love the "Encore" Azaleas which bloom in the spring,
but ALSO bloom again in the fall.
This picture was taken in Mid-November,
My largest Camellia sasanqua (more than 30 feet across)
with "Encore" Azaleas flowering beneath.
Then the showier Japonicas will begin to open sometime in late Feb.
continuing for several months, depending on the variety.
That leaves me with a shorter "low-flower" span of time
which I can just about manage to live through,
with the help of pansies, snapdragons, potted Amaryllis
and my precious glasshouse.
Oh, and the Camellias are beautiful evergreen shrubs, which helps, too.
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