Tuesday, March 1, 2011

At Long Last!

My 'Professor Charles Sargent' Camellia has finally decided to bloom!  I have been waiting all winter.  All winter I have watched, and waited.  I even posted about its almost-open bloom two weeks ago!  After waiting all that time, and realizing that spring was upon us, I gave up on the Professor.  My thoughts turned to daffodils.

And now, look!

Camellia 'Professor Charles Sargent'

March 1st.  Not even technically winter, at least not in Texas.  I feel like writing it a warning.  "Bloom earlier next year."  Except, I have no 'or else' at the end of that threat.  I love it too much!

The Professor was a gift in 2009, so I don't have a history with it.  And I know he's a japonica, which blooms later than sasanquas.  But everything I've read says the Professor is supposed to bloom in winter, right around Christmas.  Well, I don't know if the Professor realizes he's late this year, but he's in good company - another Professor down the street is just now beginning to bloom, too.

And although I'm a bit disappointed he didn't bloom at Christmas, I am just thrilled to see his blooms opening.  And amazed at the number of buds that are just now awakening.   I will still cherish him as a spring bloomer, if that is how he wants to behave.

If you have a 'Professor Charles Sargent' camellia, when does yours bloom?


  1. Your camellia is beautiful, the combination of red blooms and dark green shiny leaves is striking. I think japonicas are divided into early, mid and late season. Some of my camellias start blooming in October, the last ones begin in March. Mine are all japonicas.

  2. Masha - I think it's pretty, too. Camellias are my newest obsession. Thanks for the info. My sasanquas bloom early; I didn't realize japonicas bloomed in October! I'm learning!

  3. Its a beautiful bloom and worth the wait (in my opinion :). Lovely!

  4. TheGardeningBlog - I agree. Well worth the wait. Next year I won't be so anxious, knowing I will have to wait a little longer than I originally thought.

  5. I have two large Professor Sargent's in my garden that were here when I bought the house. They always begin budding in November but don't actually bloom until February, reaching peak bloom time in March. They are worth the wait!

  6. Camellias are lovely. The blooms are like roses but I guess they are without thorns. I imagine when your camellia plant grows up, it will be blooming profusely over a few months.

  7. I came to your blog via Kelli Boyles.
    I find your blog very nice and I will therefore follow your blog.
    Your pictures are wonderful. And the beautiful camellia flowers!!!.
    I have also a camellia in my garden, but it will take some time for these blooms.
    You may also want take a look back on my garden blog.
    regards, Elly

  8. lifeshighway- I love camellias, too. I'm trying to acquire as many as I can squeeze into the little bit of shade I have.

    Ginny- thanks for the info. Now that I know Professor won't bloom until March or so, I won't worry about him as much. I was afraid the freezes had ruined his blooms. I'm so glad they didn't!

    One - The blooms do look quite a bit like roses. I will have to pay more attention to the one down the street - it's quite large, about 10 ft!

    Kelli - It is perfect for my 'red and yellow' bed, where it is located. A happy accident.

    Elly - I love Kelli's blog. I will definitely check yours out, too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! Here in South Africa (in the Cape where I am) they seem to bloom in Autumn and Winter.

  10. GardeningBlog - There are varieties here that start bloom as early as October, and some as late as March. A wonderful plant to have when everything else in the garden is sleeping.


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