We moved into our Georgia House being lucky enough to have 4 Camellia bushes. They are located in front of the house which faces North. We dug them out and moved them a bit to the left and right of where they were to allow room for two Japanese Maple trees. We were careful to relocate them during mild weather of Spring. Above, you are looking at the bush to the right of the front porch steps.Here is the entire planter with Camellias being to the back left and far right. Japanese maple tree in the center and Nandinas to the right and left of the tree. Yes, I know it is time to take down the Christmas Wreaths!
Here you see the bush to the left of the front steps.And that entire planter being a mirror image of the other one. The move did not harm the camellias. That was about 5 years ago and this year they bloomed more then ever before! I failed to snap a picture when they were in full bloom as I was so busy during that time. But as you can see from the dead blooms, we had bushes full of pretty white flowers.
Just yesterday, I snapped this picture of a bud still giving a show. It has been damaged from the freezing night temps we have been receiving for the past week or so. Freezing temps for long periods of time are not normal for our part of the South. The Camellia bushes do not appear to be harmed from the temps as were the blooms.
I love these bushes but wish they were a different color. When the white blooms receive too much cold weather, they turn this ugly brown and the entire bush looks horrible with all the dead petals on them. When the temps remain nice, the petals drop off naturally and fall to the ground and look so pretty being white, they then dry into the pine straw and look fine. But on the bushes, they just look so bad to my eyes.
They bloomed later this year then in the years past. Usually, they are at full peak just after Thanksgiving. If only they had bloomed sooner then maybe we would not have lost so many to the cold night temps. The blooming time may be due to when I prune them each summer. I hate to cut them at all as they are such vibrant bushes but if I allow them to grow at will, they would take over our front porch. Many buds remain unopened.
They are in a perfect spot for them to thrive but not such a perfect spot for me. I wish we had another spot to plant them where they could be allowed to grow natural but no such spot in our yard. In the back where it is shady, they would get too much water from the natural run off of rain fall. So I will keep them where they are and just continue to trim them back each year. Look at the new growth on this stem, just below the bud! I was looking them over and found many buds opening. As the buds open, they resemble a Peony to me but with a strange color the cold has given them. I do enjoy my 4 WHITE CAMELLIAS, In the Garden...