Things I See Around Town

I was on my way to pick up granddaughter Kate from practice for her school play when I spied these unusual sasanqua camellias. One can see shrubs trimmed into round balls all the time, but this is the first time I have seen camellias pruned into rectangular boxes. Espaliered occasionally, but never boxes. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen camellias pruned into geometric forms at all. Their natural form is so beautiful.


I know. It’s a free country. One is free to prune as one is led, without worrying about the Garden Police. I guess that’s why my local ice cream parlor has 31 flavors.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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2 Responses to Things I See Around Town

  1. Great post. Thanks.


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