Three 'Wow Factor' Japonicas

jay_7bsc(8a)March 22, 2012

As is widely known, it takes quite a number of years for gallon-sized camellias to mature and "come into their own" as far as typical floral habits are concerned. Three of our more recently planted japonica cultivars are "wowing" us this year with spectacular blooms: 'R. L. Wheeler,' 'Reg Ragland Supreme,' and 'Adolphe Audusson Variegated.' A "Wow, Wow, Wow" to all three japonicas. Our 'R. L. Wheeler,' developed and released by Wheeler's Central Georgia Nurseries decades ago, was planted in the 1990's and has grown extravagantly, with no care whatsoever. It just grows and grows and grows. This year is, however, its first year to bloom spectacularly, though it has had scattered blooms in previous years. It is now mature enough to put on a big show. And a big show it did put on in this abnormally hot spring. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. The other two camellias are also gorgeous. But at less than a decade old, they are not large enough or mature enough to command attention from afar; however, their blooms are "wow factor" blooms for the first time in their short lives. I recommend 'R. L. Wheeler,' 'Reg Ragland Supreme,' and 'Adolphe Audusson Variegated' highly. Their form of bloom and color are excellent. They are tried and true standard cultivars that have stood the test of time.

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Please post photos!

    Bookmark   April 1, 2012 at 12:49AM
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Dear love_the_yard z9A Jax FL,
I hate modern technology and am, thus, not equipped to post photos. However, a Google Image Search will probably provide photos.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2012 at 12:18AM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

LOL! Open up a PhotoBucket account and load up some images. Copy the links. It's really just a matter of taking the time to learn. I'm happy to help you learn this!

That said, 'Here, here!' to RL Wheeler. The shear size of blooms and beautiful variegation makes this a must-have in anyone's garden!

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 9:41AM
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Dear dave_in_nova,
What's so amusing about there still being Luddites on this Earth? Thanks for the electronic gadgetry tutoring offer, but I don't have the time to sit around posting camellia pictures onto the Internet. I also choose not to use Facebook, Twitter, etc., as I consider such activity a boring waste of time.

Our 'R. L. Wheeler' is the solid-red form, which is a little more subdued in the landscape than the variegated form.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 9:49AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Is that your Wheeler, Dave? It's a beaut, isn't it?

    Bookmark   April 6, 2012 at 3:52PM
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