Welty On Wednesday: Continuing The Camellia Collection

About a year ago a group of “Cereus Weeders” gathered in the Eudora Welty Garden to take cuttings from the camellias for propagation…

Camellias

From each plant we took three cuttings and placed them in moistened paper towels inside zip lock bags for transporting…

Camellias

During the process I got to know each camellia on a different level.

Kind of like meeting someone on the street and saying hello as opposed to meeting someone for a cup of coffee and a conversation.

Hello…

Camellia Dr. Tinsley

Oh, Dr. Tinsley, how are you today?  Coffee or tea?…

Camellia Dr. Tinsley

See what I mean?

All of the camellias are beautiful and different and deserving of enough attention to be called by name.  Unless, of course, we do not know their names which is sometimes the case…

Camellia

Camellia

and so this will also be part of the continuation – learning more about the varieties that are in the garden – so that we can call each other by name…

Camellia

some of the propagated plants will be available for purchase this spring…

Camellia

a celebration is taking place on March 27th

– a tenth anniversary celebration –

marking the opening of the garden to the public in 2004.

I will keep you posted on the plans so that you can join in the fun and perhaps take home a new camellia for your garden…

Camellia

Camellia

Camellias

Trust me on this…

Camellia

“Camellias” make the best friends…

Camellia

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  1. Beautiful!

  2. Leslie Dement Cox says:

    …this beautiful post filled my heart with Meridian childhood memories of my next door neighbor and “flora mentor”, Mr. Len C. Barrell, a master of hybridizing camellias in his magical greenhouse. Adorning at least a half acre adjoining his home were glorious species of camellias and other favorites so dear to Southern hearts. Here’s a beautiful poem by Elizabeth W. Marshall capturing the essence of this precious flower…
    Brave, they seem
    Beauty in the cold
    Bold, they bloom
    Bringers of hope
    Bouquets of art in ash
    Brave, they are
    Bracing their blooms in the arctic winds
    Braving the elements
    Bringing merciful glory to a garden
    Bunched or singular
    Buglers of tomorrow’s new
    Bastions of grace amid green foliage
    All will be well with my soul,
    When the camellia bloom.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Thanks so much for that beautiful memory and poem – I enjoyed it so much and have written it down so that I have it forever!

      • Leslie Dement Cox says:

        You are MOST welcome….I have SO enjoyed your posts….They’ve brought such delight to my mornings, and are part of my regimen, immediately following my “Jesus Calling”…THANK YOU and you are ONE TALENTED LADY!!!!!!

  3. Susan Haltom says:

    What a lovely camellia poem–––now posted on my desktop. And thank you, Marsha, for mentioning our exciting Welty garden anniversary event! We are so happy to be able to offer for the first time a special group of camellias grown from Eudora’s very own shrubs, as well as others of the same varieties.

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      I know, don’t you just love the poem! I am so happy to be able to hopefully create excitement around the March 27th event – thanks for reading!

  4. Jeanne Luckett says:

    Thanks for this enthusiastic promotion for the Welty Garden Party on your amazing blog. The pictures and story of the propagation process are just wonderful.