On Thursday, 5th July, the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, situated at the junction of Pratt and Wardell Streets, Enoggera.
The guest speaker is Margaret Morrow, a foundation member of this club, and she will talk about Camellias, touching on the history and cultivation of this plant.
Camellias have become very popular. There are so many varieties with features that cover whatever the gardener desires e.g. shrubs, pot plants, hedges, bonsai, dwarf, etc. An added advantage is their flowering season – winter – a time when other flowering shrubs are in the process of getting ready for new growth.
The flower shapes come in many forms such as flat, bowl or cup shaped, Some have large outer petals with a centre comprising of mixed petals and stamens – all set among rich green glossy leaves. Camellias produce a profusion of buds and to avoid over-crowding of the blooms it is a good idea to disbud when the buds are small so the plant can put more energy into creating well shaped flowers.
The roots of camellias are close to the surface which should be kept moist bot not water-logged. This plant likes a semi-shaded position which does not receive morning sun. Petals of opening buds are often burnt by the sun.
Do you know that every time you drink a cup of tea, it is made from leaves of a particular camellia – Camellia Senensis ?
This club meets on the first Thursday of the calendar month. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The meeting commences after morning tea which is served at 9.45 a.m. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheel chair.
For more information please phone the president, Pat, on 3356 1256.