A Southern garden should always include at least one camellia. Or maybe a dozen. With their long bloom time and delightful presence through the Winter, this small tree or shrub brings such a burst of energy during an otherwise quiet period.
We drove to Fort Valley GA, Massee Lane Gardens, and the home of the American Camellia Society. Expecting only to see some variations of camellias, we were wildly enthusiastic at all that we were to find. The intoxicating scent of the tea olives as we strolled along the brick pathways added to the magic of the camellias, fully in bloom and in their glory. 10 acres of camellias with other plants of interest! A recent storm had brought down a tree, but miraculously, it missed every single camellia! We couldn’t believe the variety; I started to think of places where I could squeeze in more in our garden. We drove home though peach and pecan orchards and felt as though this was one of our most special days in Georgia. Three years ago with deep snow covering the ground of our CT garden, who would think we and our pups would spend a February day like this!