Anyone who reads along with me knows I love camellias. Just simply adore them. Even without blooms the shrubs are very attractive. The leaves are super great and even when the plants grow odd leaves such as the one pictured above, I still like them.
This particular camelia is a white spring blooming sasanqua. It has several areas on the 4 foot shrub that have these oddly colored leaves. I don't know enough about plant breeding and plant genetics to determine if this plant has a 'sport' or just unusual variegated leaves or even a disease (say it ain't so!), but the leaf is not a normal leaf for this particular shrub. The shrub is most healthy and full of fat buds right now. There is no obvious sign of anything unusual. Does anyone have information about this kind of phenomenon occurring in camellias?
in the garden....
Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Middle Tennessee Perennial Plant Society. It starts at 7 pm at Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville. The speaker is William Cullina, the plant and garden curator from Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens-I am so excited! He has a wonderful website with tons of pictures of all of our favorite flowers, and is a nationally recognized speaker and author. See why I love this society? I also ran across some more information on Mr. Cullina on a professional blog. Mr. Cullina is an author and you can find info about one of his books on this blog. I will there with some friends, if you read this blog and are there tonight I hope to see ya!