Spiky Red Camellia

I am trying to take much more notice (and many more photographs) of my Camellias. This spiky red Camellia is a large bush which grows in dappled shade near the glass-house.

 Hard to be grumpy when this beautiful shrub is flowering!
Spiky Red Camellia

Unfortunately the shade gets dappled by Wattle trees - these take up a lot of moisture and goodness from the soil. So I try to remember to feed and water all the shrubs in this garden area, particularly in early spring.

 2004 is its best flowering year ever.
Red Camellia Shrub

Early Spring Flowers

This red Camellia starts flowering in early September, which of course is the Moosey spring. The flowers are quite subtle - actually a duller red than this picture. As you can see the petals are quite spiky - when the shrub is in full flower the effect is very beautiful.

I have no way of knowing the name - many of my Camellias came from a neighbour's farm, where they were all in a desperate state. For the first years here the spiky red Camellia didn't flower at all.

Recently, however, the display has been great. Mind you, I have been doing quite a lot of sneaky watering this spring...

Pink and Red Clashes

It's a pity that there are a couple of neighbouring pink Camellias flowering at the same time. Some gardeners would consider that the pink and red colours clash. Oh well, there's always the spade and wheelbarrow trick - maybe next autumn! Then again, why shouldn't pink and red grow happily together?

 Sorry, no name known!
Red Camellia with Spiky Petals