It’s been a harried week after a successful Greenville Master Gardner Symposium on Saturday, an event which requires 10 months planning and then a week of all-hands-on-deck. And today, just when I was getting my feet under me again, I take a look at the forecast and see we have another round of artic weather arriving tonight, which is really depressing since the poor camellias (which have struggled to open all winter) will be blasted again.
The forecast calls for five nights below freezing, with three hovering around the 20 degree mark (-6 C) and a possible ice storm on Tuesday.
Good grief, will spring never come?
Thankfully, I have this sweet “bird supply store” from one of the symposium vendors, Holland Home Pottery, to remind me of warmer days ahead. When hung in the garden, the store makes a pretty accent and provides handy materials for nest building. Think how fun it will be discover some of these colored threads tucked in among a nest’s twigs and grasses.
The crimson Camellia japonica bloom, plucked from a neighboring garden as it was just opening, is very popular in South Carolina. If I’m not mistaken, it is ‘Professor Sargent’, a 1925 cultivar developed at Magnolia Gardens in Charleston.