Saturday, July 23, 2016
Dear Southern Camellia Sisters
Hello from the Midwest. We cannot believe it has been six months since we last wrote to give you an update on our adventures here in the Midwest.
First, we need to report some sad news. It appears that our dear sister camellia 'Kuro Delight' did not make it through the winter. 'Snow Flurry' and I ('April Delight') watched and waited for her to leaf out but sadly, she did not.
We wondered for the longest time if Carol noticed that 'Kuro Delight' didn't leaf out like she should have. Then the other day we stopped wondering. Carol pulled 'Kuro Delight' out and presumably took her to the compost pile where she may serve in other ways, if you know what we mean.
In the meantime, I will admit 'Snow Flurry' looks a lot better than I ('April Delight') do. Or is it the other way around? We do get confused because we both have white flowers and 'Kuro Delight' was supposed to have pink flowers. Sadly she never bloomed.
However, in her place here in the Garden of Southern Follies and Delights at May Dreams Gardens, Carol planted three crape myrtles, Lagerstroemia indica, the other day. We looked at the tags and almost busted a bud laughing. They sell them as perennials up here in the north. Isn't that a leaf-slapper? Down home in the south those crape myrtles are small tree.
Oh boy, they sure don't expect much from crape myrtles up here.
Anyway, she planted three crape myrtles in between us two camellias. One is called 'Enduring Summer'. Good name. We hope it also knows the importance of enduring winter around here. The other two didn't have names so we are calling them 'crape follies'.
And in front of them, do you know what she planted? Crinums! We think they are going to "go south" at the first sign of winter, but maybe not, and hopefully not. Cindy from My Corner of Katy sent them from her garden all the way from Texas earlier this spring Texas!
Did we mention we are all in the Garden of Southern Follies and Delights? We hope we are more delight than folly, but only time, and another winter or two, will tell which one.
Well, that's about all we've got from now. Please send messages to Carol to make sure she mulches us real good before winter sets in. Then just hope these new crape myrtles and crinums grow good strong roots before the snow flies. That may be there only hope of survival.
With a shared love of gardening,
'April Remembered' and 'Snow Flurry', the two camellias of May Dreams Gardens