September 2, 2021 – Thursday Jacki Kellum Notebook
Whet I did today in my garden:
Yuletide Camellia – Image Credit Newswire – University of Georgia
Today, I moved my Yuletide Camellia
Early this spring, I bought a Yuletide Camellia. It was only April when I bought my Yuletide, and I knew that it would be months before I would see it bloom, but because I lived most of my adult life in Mississippi, where camellias are some of the most glorious things about the fall and winter gardens, I knew that I wanted camellias in my Ozark Mountain garden, too. Camellias are primarily a Southern affair. One of the most esteemed diners in New Orleans is named The Camellia Grill, and the image above was photographed at the University of Georgia.
Yuletide Camellia – Southern Living Plants
The following is reported by Southern Living Plants about the Yuletide Camellia:
“Yuletide’ isn’t fussy. Once established, it’s very heat- and drought-tolerant. Plant it in full sun or light shade in acid, well-drained soil. Spring is the time to prune. After you do, give it some azalea-camellia fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.”
Even when I bought my Yuletide, I knew that I wanted to plant it directly in front of my back doors, which are glass. As I have said before, I am a 4-Season gardener, and this winter, I’ll be gardening from inside, which means that I’ll be continuously looking out my back doors, watching the seasons change., and planning my next garden move. I bought my Yuletide as a gallon-sized plant, and while its foliage was glossy and green, it could not compete with the other plants that I grew during the summer of 2021, Therefore, I have allowed my camellia to spend the summer in a rather out-of-the-way spot. I allowed some container plantings to save its space in the place where I planted it today. I am also planting forsythia in that same area. I love the way that forsythia give me a jolt during the spring.
Container Planting in Jacki Kellum Garden
Purple Angelonia, White Scaevola, Pink Penta, and Trailing Dichondra Silver Falls
Dichondra Silver Falls on the Left – Zinnias on the Right
My containers have been so very beautiful where I had placed them that I had trouble forcing myself to move them to new locations, but I knew that I’d have to move them sooner or later, and so today, I moved forward with that task. In about 6 weeks, I’ll be moving these container plants inside.
Jacki Kellum Container Planting Moved September 2, 2021
Jacki Kellum Container Same Planting in June, 2021
The above is a container planting, which contains the following annuals: Angelonia [Purple] and Pink Penta.
Dangling from the above container is the annual Dichondra Silver Falls
Angelonia in Jacki Kellum Container
Throughout the summer, the annual plant Angelonia has been the star of the container shown above.
The container planting behind the Angelonia container has been more of a background filler plant all summer long. That container holds Iresine and Velvet Idol.
On the left, you see the annual Partytime, which is growing in a container. Behind the Partytime, my orange Blanket Flower has taken the autumn stage. Blanket Flower or Gaillardia is a perennial.
Coleus an Annual in the Foreground – Cannas, a Perennial in the Background
By the end of today, I noticed that my Lucy had finally bloomed. Lucy is an Althea or Rose of Sharon shrub She would have bloomed earlier, but I moved her twice earlier in the summer. I needed this tall plant to stand in front of my privacy fence. I am on a campaign to screen out the white house which was built much too close to my house. But both that house and my house were built well over 100 years ago. Building codes were not an issue when these houses were built. Katy will grow to be 8′ to 10′. My privacy fence is only 6′ tall, and Katy is already peeking over the top of that fence.
Not long after I noticed Katy, I saw that my Sweet Autumn Clematis had bloomed today, too. Sweet Autumn should grow to be a massive cover, but I planted it next to the place where I sit and enjoy my garden hours at a time. I understand that Sweet Autumn will be very fragrant, and for that reason, I wanted that plant close. This is the first year that Sweet Autumn has been in my garden.