The Camellias were playing host to a pair of King Parrots a few days ago - which is always nice to see.
|Female King Parrot eating seeds of|
a Reticulata Camellia
just outside my bathroom window.
|Male King Parrot on ground|
also eating Camellia seeds
(Sorry about the grainy image - taken through window)
The Sasanqua Camellias (a very generalised term these days, given their propensity to hybridise) are looking good. This is Camellia "Chansonette" (which is sometimes classed as Camellia hiemalis or one of the "Snow Camellias")
|Camellia hiemalis "chansonette"|
It is a very free-flowering plant
and the earliest of these Camellias to flower, for me.
|This one is darker and brighter than Chansonette.|
It is a semi-double and not a formal flower.
The leaves look right for a Sasanqua.
The centre of the flower is a bit untidy, but it flowers happily for me, so I reward it with space in my Camellia garden.
|An un-named Camellia (as far as I know)|
A nice cheery free-flowering plant.
To my nose its scent is reminiscent of the scent of Lemon flowers.
I believe it is called "Setsugekka".
|Camellia sasanqua "setsugekka"|
I like these Magnolia buds at this time of year, because I confess to not liking Magnolias flowering on bare stems in winter/spring. partly because they are subject to front burn, and also the colours look better (to me) when surrounded by foliage.
|Magnolia x soulangeana bud|