The great joy of my winter garden:

John_D(USDA 8b WA)November 25, 2002

Sasanqua camellia flowers rising above frosted leaves. The grey-white hoar frost beautifully contrasts with the blossoms (even with the white ones).

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teri2(7B TN)

Thank you, John. A beautiful mental image.

    Bookmark   November 27, 2002 at 2:45PM
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Sounds wonderful, John. Sasanquas really light up the winter for me. We have heavy morning frost now and the fully budded Camellia japonicas are painted with the sparkly frost too. My Sasanqua Camellia did not set buds at all this year. Too much sun and moving shock I think. I've decided to get a couple more Sasanquas this year. What color is your favorite?


    Bookmark   November 28, 2002 at 9:27PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

My favorite is 'Apple Blossom' -- white, flushed with pink along the edges. But other favorites include pinks -- much to my surprise, since pink is not one of my favorite garden colors, and reds. Right now, nine are in bloom, as well as my pink-flowered tea. For some reason, the white-flowered tea did not bloom this year, even though it is in a sunnier spot. The japonicas and several hybrids are heavy with buds, but the earliest of those will not open until February (but they'll keep blooming until June).

    Bookmark   December 3, 2002 at 12:59PM
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FLOWPOW2(Zone 7-8 bc. ca)

I am looking for winter blooming plants. After reading John D`s soothing discription of his Sasanqua Camelia,I really must have some.I am the manager of an apartment building in B.C.`s lower mainland and it is beating down rain today.The entrance way looks so bleek.I have a 6'x 3'planter,very good soil.But it is empty now.Even on a good day it gets only late or evening sun.It is under cover. Any ideas how to dress it up for the winter would be greatly appreiated. Flow.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2004 at 2:04PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

In our climate, fortunately, you don't have to let your garden die back to its bones and come up with an aesthetic justification for why this is a good thing. You might try primroses in your planter (which will bloom now), interspersed with bulbs (which will bloom later). For taller color, you can try camellias, "Dawn" viburnum, or winter jasmine. If all fails, there's always heather.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2004 at 10:39PM
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susangarrison(8b FL Panhandle)

I though sasanquas bloomed in the fall and japonicas in the winter. That's why I only bought japonicas. Am I missing something?

    Bookmark   January 9, 2005 at 7:38PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

My sasanquas bloom from fall through January; the japonicas and hybrids bloom from Late January until June. Right now, several sasanquas are still blooming (despite some snow and cold temperature we had) and the japonica buds are fat and are beginning to show some color.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2005 at 10:26PM
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Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardening

Just took this photo at the start of our blizzard yesterday. Everything is under a blanket of snow.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2005 at 6:51PM
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John_D(USDA 8b WA)

My purple plums just began to bloom, which is uncommonly early for them.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2005 at 1:22AM
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