|Sunset reflected in the clouds over the harbor (facing approximately southeast)|
|Sunset reflected in the clouds on the other side of the house (facing approximately northwest)|
Camellia hybrid 'Taylor's Perfection' is my contribution to the weekly meme sponsored by Loree of danger garden. Hopefully, Loree will forgive the fact that the Camellia is pink and not in any way dangerous.
|Camellia hybrid 'Taylor's Perfection'|
I planted this Camellia in February 2011, just 2 months after we moved into our current home. I think I was probably feeling nostalgic about my old, shady garden at that point - I'd planted quite a few Camellias there, all of which were too large to dig up and bring with me. Other than an area directly behind the house, already planted with Camellia sasanqua, my new garden had few spots suitable for Camellias except the area alongside the garage I chose for 'Taylor's Perfection,' where it enjoys cool morning sun.
According to my records, 'Taylor's Perfection' was labeled as a C. japonica; however, in researching the plant for this post, I found that it's actually classified as C. williamsii, which is a cross between C. japonica and C. saluenensis.
Mine is currently somewhere between 3 and 4 feet tall but it can grow to 6-12 feet (1.8-3.7 meters) tall and 6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters) wide. Several sources held that it's hardy in USDA zones 7-10. Like most Camellias, it needs average water and acidic soil.
It's classified as a mid-season bloomer, which in California generally means it should bloom between January and March. This season, my first blooms appeared before Christmas. The flowers are light pink, semi-double and reportedly fragrant, although my nose was unable to detect much of a scent. The flower petals usually fan backward but the petals of those currently open have curled inward slightly at the edges, perhaps in response to the recent dry Santa Ana winds, or the drier than normal soil due to our lack of winter rain.
|December bloom, characteristic of the appearance shown by the blooms in 2011 and 2012|
|Most of the current blooms have inward facing petals with a darker pink edge|
The flowers have a reputation for nodding downward slightly, as you can see in the picture below.
Nodding flowers and curled petals notwithstanding, it's still a very pretty plant. Please visit Loree at danger garden to view her favorite of the week and find links to other gardeners' selections.