Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Maclay Garden Camellias

We recently made a Sunday visit to Maclay State Gardens. It is an old homesite whose grounds were beautifully planted beginning in the 1920s and now are open to the public. The specialty is camellias and azaleas. We hit it just right for the blooming camellias. The plants have become trees over the years and with excellent care are now covered in blooms.

There are many, many varieties. In some cases, through grafting, several different blooms are seen on the same bush.

It seemed that each bloom was more glorious than the one before. Here is a sampling:

I couldn't get the light just right, but this one has purple around the edges.

This one was huge!

I also love the buds: tight cups of color.

I would have to agree with Mr. and Mrs. Maclay: you can never have too many camellias.

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