It's not as if we don't have enough to do. Kate Stock and I have now embarked on a camellia project.
For those of you who have been to Montville you may have noticed the many mature camellia shrubs around the town and in private properties. We have decided to record them ,identify them and hopefully strike cuttings from them.
Already we have been scouring the local area and peering over fences or wandering through properties to discover some beautiful but neglected camellias.
It is hard not to notice the camellias in the area at this time of year as the flowers are really beautiful. Montville Anglican Church holds an annual Camellia show that attracts many locals who display their showy blooms.
I prefer Japonica's and even though they are slower to establish they are definitely worth the wait.
I guess the motivation for this project is to record them as significant plants in the historical sense but also because it is important to preserve plants that may not be so easy to obtain in Nurseries.
Sadly it is also too easy for mature shrubs to be cleared when property changes hands or when changes happen to public spaces and the plants could be lost forever.
Enjoy the camellias.