In a Vase on Monday: Debutante

For this week’s In a Vase on Monday, I am delighted to share the first three blooms from my Camellia japonica ‘Debutante.’


A brief background story: ‘Debutante’ did not do well in the place I first planted it, and I was afraid that I was losing it. I moved it to my “wayward plant hospital,” a place at the edge of the woods in back of my garden that became the home to plants that needed a second chance before the compost heap. ‘Debutante’ not only survived but has thrived in its new location. These colorful blossoms speak to the wisdom of giving plants (and people) a second chance.

Please visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what she and others are sharing in their vases 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: Debutante

  1. Lindy Le Coq says:

    My Camelias have buds but it will be early 2017 before they pop open! These are lovely.


  2. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you managed to revive Debutante. What is different about the conditions in the new location?


  3. Christina says:

    Debutante is obviously very happy now, beautiful coral pink flowers.


  4. Cathy says:

    That must have been a lovely surprise – such a beauty! Glad it has been saved! 🙂


  5. karen says:

    So beautiful! I love camellias. Sadly haven’t got the right soil here. But can grow them in containers. You’ve inspired me to try again with them. All the best. Karen


  6. anne leueen says:

    I love camellias. When I lived in England I had several in my small garden but then I moved to Canada and the climate was too severe for them. So thank you for giving me a camellia to look at!


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