May In The Garden

Debbie Odom

Spring is in full swing and there is plenty to do in your garden.

Watering

As the temperatures increase, be sure to keep your plants watered thoroughly. Most plants like to be moist at all times. They don’t want to be too wet or too dry. With increasing temperatures and minimal amounts of rain, your plants can dry out quickly. Make sure to water two to three times a week.

Mulching

Help keep plants cool and moist during the summer by applying a thick layer of mulch.  Mulch also helps keep weeds down.  Pine Straw, Leaves, or Bark make excellent mulches for your Camellias.  Stay Natural, not synthetic.  Rubber mulch is not adequate because it adds nothing back to the soil as does natural mulches. 

Insect Control

May is the perfect time to address your insect needs.  Tea Scale, Mites, Aphids and other insects are prime for eating your plants as they start growing.  Get a handle on them NOW and don’t wait until you have a big issue before you begin to take control!   Read More

Planting

Spring is an excellent time to plant, but don’t wait too long.  Actually, you can plant all year as long as you are addressing the watering concerns for the summer.  Camellias and other plants installed during the summer months will require more water and nutrients, so adjust the irrigation system, put out a sprinkler or get your hose ready and plant away!  READ MORE

Fertilizing

Your plants should be actively growing and in addition to water they will need food.  We recommend anything organic, but in our opinion, the best fertilizer to use is Holly-Tone and we use it on all of our plants.  READ MORE

 

HARVESTING TEA FROM CAMELLIA SINENSIS! Growing Your Own Tea

May is the optimal month for harvesting tea from your Camellia Sinensis Tea Plants!  Plants should be flushing by now and will do so throughout the summer!  I just love those summer days of harvesting and making my own Green, Oolong, and Black Tea straight from my garden and without having to worry that there are pesticides and other harmful things in my tea!  Be sure to visit The Tea Gardener Blog on CamelliaShop for articles on growing your own tea! 

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March In The Garden

Debbie Odom
Spring is not far away and your camellias should still be blooming their heads off!  When we move into mid to end of March, the camellias will begin tapering off but there's still plenty of time to get out and enjoy the blooms!

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February In The Garden

Debbie Odom
Every year, peak blooming season for Camellias is in the month of February for most of us in the warmer regions of the USA.  The weather usually warms just enough for those beautiful babies to start popping everywhere. 

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January In The Garden

Debbie Odom
In January, the holidays are over and the real show begins!  Peak camellia season is emerging in January and will continue through March in the warmer regions of the US.  Here are a few Camellia garden tips for January.

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December In The Garden

Debbie Odom
Ah, the holidays....When people's thoughts turn to lights, gift giving and that guy in the red suit.  But in all the hustle and bustle, don't forget you have some pretty special plants in your garden that may need your attention.

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Preparing Your Camellias For Winter Season

Debbie Odom
Preparing your camellias and other plants for the winter season can be a lot like your automobile. We want to check the antifreeze, test the battery and be sure of the oil type for winter seasons. In northern climates people may put a light bulb near the battery to keep it from freezing or park the car in a slightly heated garage. Oh, about the plants.

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November In The Garden

Debbie Odom
November brings cooler weather, the orange and yellow leaves of fall, Turkey & Dressing and Camellias!  Many of our fall blooming Camellias are just coming into bloom in the 11th month of the year.  There are a few things you can be doing in your November Camellia Garden!

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The Fall Blooming Camellia - Sasanqua

Debbie Odom

Camellia sasanqua is one of the most popular species of Camellias found in gardens today.  It typically blooms in the fall and you will certainly be able to identify them by the colorful carpet of petals they leave behind!    

 

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Formal Double Camellias

Debbie Odom
A Formal Double Camellia is one of the most desirable Camellia forms of the entire Camellia family. They can be a very tightly formed flower or they can be loose formal double, often referred to as a Rose Form Double. Most true formal double flowers don't open to show stamens.

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Color Your Garden Happy!

Debbie Odom
t's no secret that winter can be a difficult season, especially if you don't like cold weather.  Not much blooms during this time but some cold hardy bedding plants.  But if you live in the milder climates of zone 8 and 9, winter can be much more than a dreary day for staying inside looking at the pansies in your planters.   If you have have Camellias in  your garden, it can drastically improve your winter outlook with flowers that call you out of your cozy warm cocoon

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