Camellia japonica ‘Covina’

Today we have a love story from Irvin and Pauline. Once upon a time, there was a camellia...

"With this GPOD entry we want to share the delightful beauty of our camellias. Here in Carmichael California, a suburb of Sacramento, spring-like weather has awakened the delicate beauty of camellia plant blossoms in our garden. During a walk through the garden it becomes evident why Sacramento is known as the “Camellia Capital”. These evergreen, drought tolerant plants once established, bloom from late fall through early spring. If grown outdoors they prefer zone 7 to 10. There is even an Ice Angels® series, which are hardy to minus 10 degrees. 

Our passion for camellias arises from our teenage high school and university years (1948-53) when I would present my girlfriend, now my wife, with a camellia corsage for our dance date. They continue to bring back those wonderful moments. The camellias seen in this GPOD entry were grown from seedpods, which Pauline gathered in 1960’s from the California State Capital gardens."

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