Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Kanjiro

Cherry pink.  Just that short description makes me want it!  And the fact that it's blooming right now makes me glad I have it!  What is it?


'Kanjiro' camellia.  Beautiful green, glossy leaves.  A bright pink bloom.  Yellow stamens that the bees find irresistible.


Kanjiro grows in zones 7 through 10, to around 10 ft. tall.  Mine was planted two years ago, and is over 4 ft. tall, placed in a spot I can see from my kitchen window.  It's not going into my winter garden area, because I love being able to see its pretty blooms while I cook and clean (plus, I'm scared to transplant it).


The middle of the petals are a little lighter in color.  Do you see it?


This bush is covered with blooms.  It also has lots of buds left to open.  I am surprised it has so many with the drought we had last year.  I've read that Kanjiro is fairly tolerant of different moisture levels.  Thank goodness!


I have several things blooming in the garden right now, but Kanjiro is the prettiest!

35 comments:

  1. How much does your plant grow? Do you think it'll get to be 10 ft tall? Thanks for sharing these pretty blooms. Everything up here is cold and brown.

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  2. What a beautiful camellia. You are blessed being able to grow them in your gardens.

    FlowerLady

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  3. What a lovely Camellia. Can't grow them in my garden, the soil is too alkaline. Tried growing one in a pot, but it succumbed to vine weevils. Might try again one day though.

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  4. Holley, Cherry Pink sounds divine and is an apt description for this beauty. What a sight for my sore eyes in January nonetheless. Kanjiro is a winner!

    I was reading through a catalog this morning and came across a rose named 'Ketchup and Mustard'. Hmmmmm...beautiful flower, but the name? I'm not sure if it will be a hit or not. Somehow it just didn't conjure up that ecstasy of anticipation of the aroma to be found in the bloom. Looking at the flower, I was thinking the name should be 'Merlot and Citrus' or something like that, but whadda I know? Maybe they'll come up with a 'Hot Dog' or 'Cheeseburger' to go along with the series.

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  5. Holley, 'Kanjiro' is a particular beautiful camellia. I can see why you love it so much! It is quite interesting to me that the middle of the petals are lighter. I have never consciously noticed that in a camellia. This feature definitively adds to the charm or yours.
    Christina

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  6. After seeing your Kanjiro, I believe I need some camellias in my gardens! I had a Marie Bracey that never did perform very well ... she went roots up this past summer. I should see what's available locally.

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  7. I've never been too much of a camellia fan (I know, I'm weird -- just too much trouble in my alkaline soil), but I have to admit, that is a pretty one!!! Maybe someday I will try some, and I'll use your blog for a reference of what does well in our area.

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  8. Piękny kwiat, wspaniałe ma ubarwienie.
    Już kiedyś zakochałam się w kameliach, ale nasz klimat jest za surowy na te rośliny.
    Będę patrzeć na nią u Ciebie :).
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie, Ania.

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  9. It's just beautiful! Unfortunately Camellias don't grow well in my part of the world, but at least I can enjoy them through blogs like yours.

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  10. I have a mystery camellia out front that looks identical to this... blooms itself crazy for months, even though its got more scale then I can contend with. I wonder if this is the same one? I think I am going to take a cutting and try and root another (scaleless) one.

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  11. Oh it is just beautiful. I love camellias. The bright pink is such a pretty shade.

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  12. Lucky you that flowers are still booming in your garden. Here the temperature is 11 degree F and the plants that are even hardy to this zone have shriveled up :-(.

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  13. Bumble Lush - I do think it will eventually get to be 10 ft. tall. There is a camellia down the street that is probably 20 ft or higher. It is a beautiful tree and I didn't realize it was a camellia until it bloomed. I've read that most camellias are slow growers, and will put on up to 1 ft of growth each year (or so), but that this particular camellia is a 'moderate' grower, and grows approx. 1-1/2 ft. yearly. So, maybe in maybe in another 4 or 5 years, we'll see!

    FlowerLady - I do feel that way every time I see one bloom. It really does help to cheer up the winter!

    Crystal - I am lucky enough to have acidic soil. My roses like it that way, too!

    Karen - 'Mustard and Ketchup' is not a name I would choose for a rose, but this rose seems to be getting a lot of talk! I suppose that unusual name makes people remember it - and isn't that what advertising is all about?

    Christina - I think this is particular to this camellia, or at least, not to every camellia. It is a happy color, isn't it?

    Cindy - Funny that you should mention Marie Bracey. I had one, too, and just loved it's peach blooms. But, mine died during the drought, too. It wasn't a strong plant to start with - rescued from the death rack.

    Toni - Maybe you could use one or two in a container. I've seen 10 ft tall ones in pots! In fact....hmmm..... that gives me an idea for my patio!!! :)

    AniaDS - Too bad your climate is too harsh for these beauties. I feel lucky to be able to grow them.

    Bernie H - And you have so many unusual plants that won't grow here! One reason I love seeing blogs for all over!

    Jess - I know you can root it! I may have to give your rooting method a try on a camellia or two myself!

    Lona - It really does brighten up the dreary winter's day!

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  14. KL - 11 degrees! Oh, my - stay warm!

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  15. Hi there, The Kanjiro Camellia is gorgeous... Glad you have so much pretty color this time of year. I am enjoying the winter garden...

    For us, everything goes dormant --except our Pansies. It's the time I get a chance to work on my Family History... Yeah!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. Kanjiro name sound like a beautiful maiden! They are really pretty!

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  17. That's a gorgeous pink. I'd want to be able to look at it from my window, too. Get another one for your winter garden. Love the yellow stamens.

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  18. Dear Holley, Fabulous pink camellia blossoms in January! The stuff that north-eastern gardeners' dreams are made of. Enjoy! P. x

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  19. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    Happy New Year! I hope that you had a nice holiday. This is a particularly pretty camellia and my favourite shade of pink.

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  20. Betsy - It is nice to get a break from the garden for a while. It's been warm enough here, I need to get outside and work - the weeds never seem to take a break!

    Malar - Thank you for saying that! I will now think of her as my beautiful maiden!

    Sherry - I have a few more places to fill in the winter garden. It may turn into a camellia garden!

    Pam - If I lived up north, I would have to have lots of berry-filled shrubs. I love to see the colorful berries as much as the blooms.

    Jennifer - I'm more of an orange girl, but this shade of pink is growing on me! It really is a nice cheerful color to see, especially in the winter.

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  21. I am always amazed that you have something gorgeous to show us every day! How do you do it?

    This pink is gorgeous ... I love pink and I love Camellias!!

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  22. Such a lovely shade of pink! All of my bloomers are resting now in the cold winter, but I look forward to those colors...

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  23. Very pretty and so cheerfully bright in winter! I really like camellias and would like to plant them, but I don't really have room for any 10 foot tall bushes. I really need to find some sort of dwarf cultivar for some winter color!

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  24. I have always been a big fan of Cleopatra, but I may have a new favorite.

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  25. That is one beautiful flower...how lucky you are to have these beauties grow in winter

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  26. It really is pretty, but it would not be happy here. You really live in a nice place for your roses and camellias. The climate suits them. I agree with Donna, you have beautiful winter flowers.

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  27. Gorgeous camellia. I have all my winter blooming flowers planted along the front of back walk or where I can see them from the window.

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  28. Gardening Blog - I am so happy that I live in a temperate climate. I don't think I could ever get used to having snow all winter!

    Sage Butterfly - Spring will be here soon! That's what I keep telling myself!

    Indie - Not all grow to 10 ft. tall. I've seen some varieties pruned to around 2 ft tall. Not sure what kind they were, but I'm certain you could find the right one for your garden with a little research.

    Gardening Under the Influence - I don't have a Cleopatra, but I looked her up and she's beautiful!

    Donna - I do feel lucky!

    GWGT - When I first started gardening, I didn't want roses, but they love it here, so I just went with the flow - it's easier that way!

    Carolyn - Sounds wonderful. I think it's important to be able to see something pretty outside.

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  29. Beautiful! It makes me want to move to the south...right...now! I guess there are special plants for every zone, and Camellias are definitely a prize for you. Simply gorgeous!

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  30. Gorgeous! The only time we see camellias around here is in a hot house or a florist.

    btw - I mailed your cobrahead weeder on Wednesday - it should be there by the end of next week.

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  31. Beth - I think there are special plants for every zone. I think the trick is to find them, then embrace them!

    Heather - I'm looking forward to it! I have lots of weeds to try it out on!

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  32. Kanjiro is one of my favorite Camellias. It probably has more blooms on it than any of my other sasanquas, except maybe Yultide in a good year. It is also extremely vigorous and I love its vibrant color.

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  33. Les - I'm so glad you weighed in! It's nice to hear from someone that grows this camellia too. I have been pleasantly surprised at the number of blooms on this camellia. Glad to think this is it's norm!

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  34. Smukke blæomster.
    Tak for kigget.

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  35. Landbohaven - I think it's a beautiful bloom, too!

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