Find 2 names

minflick(9b/7, Boulder Creek, CA)March 13, 2011

I was at a nursery in Paradise, CA yesterday. There were 2 camellias planted outside the gift shop. 1st one was a peony flower - somewhat ruffly outer petals with lots and lots of fine petals in the inner 4/5ths of the bloom - white with medium pink picotee. Just gorgeous. 2st one was, as a newly opened bloom, single, almost a coral/pink red with a ton of brilliant yellow stamens. As the flower aged, it turned a bluish mauve. These were well established plants, about 6 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide, on the north side of a building up in the Sierra Foothills that had 2-3 of snow 2 weeks ago, and gets pretty close to 100 a lot in the summer.

I was told that one was Mrs. DW Davis, and the other was Julia Drake. Naturally enough, searching online finds nothing that looks like the plants and blooms I saw under those names. This is intensely frustrating, and I WANT them....


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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

You may have to get assistance from a local nursery to locate a wholesaler and then special order them. DW is an old camellia from the 70s. Aside from the original, there are several versions out there: Mrs. D. W. Davis Descanso is a full peony sport of the original; Mrs. D. W. Davis Peony is a loose peony sport; Mrs. D. W. Davis Special has double the number of petals.

I do not recognize Julia Drake but there are other Julias out there. Because we are all human and the name could have been typo'ed, try to view a picture of the blooms before you pay.

Nuccio's Nursery in Altadena (626) 794-3383 might be able to help.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 5:47AM
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minflick(9b/7, Boulder Creek, CA)

I was thinking I should get back up there and take pictures to help me hunt. Sigh. PITA!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 11:47AM
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luis_pr(7b/8a Hurst, TX)

I am not sure if I have been to Altadena, CA before (I did get lost a few times driving in L.A.) but I am sure I would end up with too many camellias in the car if I had stopped at Nuccios. LOL!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 4:28PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Luis, you said it! That is so true; I would, too!!


    Bookmark   April 9, 2011 at 5:17PM
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