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?