In a Vase on Monday: First Camellia

I am late this Monday getting organized for our weekly vase, but it did enable me to discover the first camellia of the season, Camellia sasanqua ‘Our Linda.’ ‘Our Linda’ thus becomes the center of this week’s offering.


The supporting players are annual pentas ‘Graffiti Violet,’ and Encore azalea ‘Autumn Twist,’ with some foliage from an ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangea. My Arranger thought it might be nice to add a single bloom of our annual pink mandevilla…before the first frost ends its time with us this year.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others have gleaned from their gardens this week.

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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15 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: First Camellia

  1. Cathy says:

    What a pretty colour of pink that camellia is – and lovely bed fellows too. Would you expect to see your camellias blooming in October?


    • johnvic8 says:

      Yes, Cathy. Sasanquas are blooming all over town now…just the beginning of the season for them in our area. The japonicas will start in late winter. If we plan correctly in selections, we can have camellias in bloom from October into March-April. They are sensitive to frost once in bloom; the lovely pink turns a mushy brown overnight, but the plant survives…evergreen all year.

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  2. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! Camellias are for me something luxurious, and that makes this vase even more special!


  3. So pretty. The sasanquas are in bloom here too.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thank you, Marian. One of the great joys I’ve “discovered” since moving to North Carolina is a camellia in bloom. I had one in Northern Va, but I never had a bud make it through the frost.


  4. Noelle Mace says:

    For those of us whose gardens are quietly shutting down for the winter, your vase is like a day at a posh spa…I shall be thinking of it for the rest of the day!

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  5. pbmgarden says:

    Nice. That penta’s color is a nice accent for the camellia.


  6. Wow John this one is a stunner with all those shades of pink!


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    The deep pink pentas with the soft pink camellia is a stunning combo. I envy you your winter-long blooms. Your summers may be hot, but your mild winters make up for it.


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