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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Camellias in Pauline's garden in California

comments (28) March 19th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Irvin Faria

Today's photos are from Irvin Faria in Carmichael, California. We've featured Irvin & Pauline's wonderful garden so many times--HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Today they're sharing some gorgeous camellias they've collected through the years, in bloom now in their garden. Irvin says, "Early spring-like weather has awakened the camellia plants (trees now) in Pauline's garden. However, rain is forecast for the next few days. Consequently, before the blossoms are damaged by the wet weather we wanted to share the unique beauty of the camellias. Here are a few examples from the dozens of camellias in the garden we thought might be of interest. We live in Carmichael, California, a suburb in the Greater Sacramento metropolitan area. Through the years Sacramento has become known for its camellias. The first camellias, imported from Japan, reached Sacramento February 7, 1852. In 1910 a move was started to make Sacramento known as "The Camellia Capital". In 1941 Sacramento adopted the camellia as the city's official flower. The Sacramento Camellia Society, born in 1943, set a goal in 1950 of having city residents plant 50,000 new camellias. To accomplish this goal local nurseries and stores agreed to sell camellia plants for $1.50 each. While working near the California State Capital's camellia gardens in the 60's my wife, during lunchtime, gathered fallen camellia seedpods then nurtured them to germinate in our greenhouse. Young plants were then planted throughout the garden. Additionally, over the years seedpods dropped from plants and germinated beneath them. The new plants were then transplanted to other garden areas. The rewards of her efforts can be seen in these photos of the delicate beauty of camellias." Beautiful, as always, Irvin. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Comments (28)

cwheat000 writes: Stunning! Your property shows your passion for gardening and it is always a joy to see a new aspect of it. Posted: 8:18 pm on March 19th
thegardenlady writes: Treasures all. Thank you for sharing their beauty with us. Posted: 5:22 pm on March 19th
Happily_Gardening writes: A lovely and touching story of forever love and friendship.
Please pass the tissues meander1... Posted: 2:38 pm on March 19th
meander1 writes: Ahh, no fair, Irvin, now my eyes are slightly welled up with tears and it's hard to see to type...how sweet of you to share that lovely memory about the camellia corsage and Pauline's highschool junior with all of us. I join you in shaking your head and wondering, "where does the time go?" Well, it certainly seems that with you and Pauline the time has been spent well. Bless you! Posted: 1:44 pm on March 19th
DellGarden writes: Meander1 & tractor1 your comments relating to age and characterization "Petals of Pauline" encourages us to reminisce why the camellia is so special for us. It was a camellia corsage I pined to Pauline’s formal the evening of her high school junior prom 65 years ago. In that regard, as we age the garden appears to become a greater part of our life. Its serenity brings moments of fond memories while keeping us from limiting our horizons. Best wishes. Posted: 12:36 pm on March 19th
pattyspencer writes: Can't grow them outside where I live that's for sure. Wow they are just so pretty - the last one is a beauty! Posted: 12:29 pm on March 19th
JaneEliz writes: Oh, what an inspiring morning I had traveling through Pauline's sumptuous garden ...in all seasons ....with Irvin's wonderful wring and stunning photos as my guide!
I wish I lived nearby to visit in person, but it was a marvelous trip-even on the computer. Posted: 12:06 pm on March 19th
meander1 writes: Ha, tractor1, "the Petals of Pauline"...you definitely won the clever comment of the day award...that was very cute. Although, come to think of it, it's probably only those of us who are of a somewhat older age (notice I didn't say OLD...only older) who understand what's it's a play on.
Hmmm, even though I don't currently envy your snowy conditions, come the suffocating heat of July and Aug. here in east TN, I will probably think living in a cooler part of the country has its allure. Posted: 11:58 am on March 19th
DellGarden writes: Thanks so much to all of you for your kind comments. The frog statue is by Beau Smith. You can see his web page by name - Beau Smith Frog Sculptor.

The camellia from seed to bloom it takes 5 to 7 years. Posted: 11:05 am on March 19th
caymanmama writes: I just had to post again after looking back on all the prior photos of Irvin and Pauline's stunning gardens! I realize two things: the garden must be massive and Irvin is one great photographer! I have so many useful ideas now! Thank you again! Posted: 10:34 am on March 19th
JaneEliz writes: What a lovely story about your absolutely gorgeous camellias! I am drooling...as I watch snow fall in Maine. But it's a perfect day...everything's cancelled... to check out Pauline and Irvin's previous photos. Posted: 10:20 am on March 19th
ancientgardener writes: Can't imagine having a garden full of those exotic flowers. That white one with the deep red heart is just breathtaking. Here in western New York the bulbs are peeking up through a few inches of snow, but the temp hovers around freezing. I'm very impressed that you grew them from seed.
Posted: 10:19 am on March 19th
Happily_Gardening writes: tractor1 - LI got a light dusting of snow last night which turned to rain and it continues today.
Posted: 10:09 am on March 19th
Sheila_Schultz writes: As always, thank you Irvin for sending more photos of Pauline's wonderful gardens. They are nothing less than magical. I have never lived in an area where camellia's grow, so today is a special treat. Posted: 10:08 am on March 19th
darylsavage writes: That picture of the pond with the camellia petals and the cobalt blue jar is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous flowers. Even with the new zone changes we are not having those in NW NJ. As you know, I am lucky to have a crepe myrtle. All this snow here does give us plenty of opportunity to look at gardening books and catalogues. Thank god for the GPOD. Posted: 10:00 am on March 19th
tractor1 writes:
I thought for sure that when meander1 saw today's GOPD title she would have penned The Petals of Pauline! ;) And I thought the snow had stopped, but it's snowing aqain, large fluffy flakes falling with a vengeance.

http://i46.tinypic.com/314yrds.jpg

Posted: 9:59 am on March 19th
caymanmama writes: Thanks for sharing more of your garden photos! They're just beautiful! I didn't realize that they grew into trees! Also thank you for sharing the history of the camellias in Sacramento! We don't see that kind of info. in the nursery catalogs! Posted: 9:57 am on March 19th
Happily_Gardening writes: Well written narrative! I live in California and was not familiar with Sacramento camellia history. A "want to visit" has changed to a "must visit." In our neck of the woods, Descanso Gardens, is the camellia wonderland. Lunching under a canopy of camellias, as you know, is a soothing and peaceful treat. Collecting seed pods, a wonderful idea, you've planted a seed:)!

http://www.descansogardens.org/

http://www.descansogardens.org/calendar/camellia-festival/ Posted: 9:20 am on March 19th
tractor1 writes: Now that I've had more time I looked at all the previous submissions and remember them all, I especially like all the "things"; that wonderful birdbath, and I envy that Japanese lantern. I found all the historical camellia trivia facinating. Unfortunately I don't think camellias will grow in the Catskills, today a quilt of fresh snow is growing here! Posted: 8:02 am on March 19th
GardenersWK writes: Wow! Thanks for sharing. The last one is breathtaking! Posted: 7:57 am on March 19th
Cathy_Hosek writes: Beautiful...thanks! And where did you get the adorable 2-frog statue? Posted: 7:27 am on March 19th
JTitus writes: I live on the Gulf Coast and Camellias are very prevalent here. My parents always had them where I grew up in Louisiana and when they moved to Florida Dad made sure he planted several. I bought my first last fall and I can tell you it won't be the only one. I love the fact that they bloom in winter when everything else is dormant. I do love your red and white veriegated ones. BEAUTIFUL!! Posted: 7:20 am on March 19th
bee1nine writes: Wow! Lots of patience and passion here! Mighty fine rewards
of labor and TLC remarkably show..and yes, to grow these
beautiful and radiant camellia cultivars from seed IS truly
impressive.

Bet you must have a gorgeous bouguet or more inside, before
the rains come!
Thank you Irvin and Pauline for sharing!;) Posted: 7:16 am on March 19th
meander1 writes: A sweet thing happened when I saw only the title for today's GPOD in my email list...it was a little surge of happiness because it included the words "Pauline's" and "California". The garden that she and Irvin have created is so memorable and he always so dearly refers to it as Pauline's garden. What with this abundance of such stunning camellias, this has to be the ultimate 4 season garden...there is no blah time. I'll bet as the petals fall to the ground, it's like a dusting of magically colorful snow! It's all so beautiful. Posted: 6:55 am on March 19th
wGardens writes: How special that you've raised so many from seed! I also would be interested to know how many years it took for them to blossom. These photos are a very welcome sight on a VERY snowy NY morning! Posted: 6:22 am on March 19th
tractor1 writes: I love the frogs on a bench. Posted: 6:18 am on March 19th
tntreeman writes: well, i just spent time checking out the 10 previous "HERE" features and all are great! i, too, am impressed with the growing from seed how long does it take from germination to flowering size? growing from seed i have patience everything else i usually want RIGHT NOW Posted: 4:35 am on March 19th
PeonyFan writes: Wow, I am so impressed that you grew many of these camellias from seed. They are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing these photos. Posted: 3:49 am on March 19th
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