[gardeners] Daphne, camellias, and weather

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 2 Jan 1999 12:21:08 -0500

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know, especially you, Rosemary,
that I went shopping at some area nursries with Mom on New Years Eve.
I got 3 Daphne odoras and 3 large japonica camellias.

I went out after I got home from work yesterday, and planted them.
The daphnes were easy to plant as I planted them in a prepared bed,
but I decided to plant the camellias in a new area.  Since the soil
doesn't freeze here, that's not a consideration for planting.  :-)

The first hole that I dug for the camellia was not too hard to dig.  I
the camellia and settled it into its new home.  It smiled at me and was
happy.  I then started on the second hole.  It was getting dark fast, so
I was working hard to get done as soon as I could.

Everywhere I tried to shove the shovel in the dirt, there were major tree
Bummer. Finally had to go get the ax and hacked and chopped and got
a hole large enough for my plant.  I amended the soil and planted the
The last hole was very like the second one.  By now, it was totally dark
outside.  I went out this morning and looked at my bushes, and I am very
happy that I got them planted correctly and they look happy.  It's clouding
up and we are supposed to get rain for the next couple of days, so that
will be good for them.

My daphnes will be blooming within a month, and one of the camellias
is beginning to bloom now with the other 2 new ones to bloom later
in Feb or March.  I have other camellias in my yard that start blooming
in Oct and continue through to March.  I love my winter flowers.

I'm so happy that I could share this with you, Rosemary.  :-)

Coastal Carolina
USDA zone 8; AHS Heat zone 8; Sunset zone 31