Re: [gardeners] Daphne, camellias, and weather

Michael & Bambi Cantrell (
Sun, 3 Jan 1999 00:15:06 -0500

Hi Myra,

Thanks!  I love the daphnes.  I had one in another place, but it was too
wet for it, and it died.  I've got these in a much better place  (I hope

I can't remember the names of the ones I planted yesterday (or any of
the others for that matter!).   I'll have to look at the tags and write
I think one was a Kamasuka.  I have a Kramer's Supreme that has
beautiful flowers due about a month from now.  Currently, it is loaded
with buds.  I have some sasanquas and some japonicas to prolong
the season.  Some years, when we have a really bad winter, the buds
get cold damaged, but we are usually pretty safe here.  My yard has
large trees in and around it, so gets protected from wind damage.
Mom lives 5 miles down the road from me, and it is always cooler at
her house.

I hope the ice misses all of you, and that the weather is kind to you.
A witch hazel!  That's another one that I want!  I love winter blooms!
I've got to get back to the nurseries, and look for a witch hazel and
a tea olive.  :-)

Coastal Carolina
USDA zone 8; AHS Heat zone 8; Sunset zone 31
> Bambi,
>Congratulations on your purchases.  I have two daphne odoras that are ready
>to bloom (in maybe the next two weeks).  I love the smell from these little
>bushes.  Of course, I killed two of these shrubs before I located a spot in
>my yard that they liked.
>What are the names of the camellia japonicas you bought?  I have several
>here in Charlotte, but the only name that I can recall is Miss Charleston

>I am NOT going to run outside and look!).  I like japonicas, but I have
>found here in Charlotte it is hit or miss with enjoying the blooms, they
>are sometimes cold damaged (or ice damaged!). You will have much better
>luck with them in your neck of the woods.  I have started to prefer
>Camellia sasanqua which blooms in late fall.  Of course I don't know the
>name of my one sasanqua, the nursery tag got lost!  It has beautiful light
>pink double blooms.  A lovely shrub.
>We are supposed to be experiencing a bad ice storm at the moment, but we
>aren't getting much of anything except rain (fortunately).  The local
>weather weenies got hysterical yesterday with advisories and warnings all
>afternoon and night long.  The storm was supposed to start at dawn, but we
>didn't have anything until about an hour ago.  It is not as bad as the
>pre-Christmas ice storm we had.  I hope that the ice will not accumulate as
>I noticed my witch hazel bush was trying to start blooming!
>Hope everyone is staying warm and dry!
>Myra Amler
>"Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?" Unknown