“Hello/Goodbye”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


Right now, when we are on the cusp of spring, there are many winter flowers that are telling us goodby till next winter, and there are many more flowers that are telling us hello.  I hate to see the last of some of our winter bloomers.  Today, I took a photo of the last Yuletide sasanqua camellia.  This little camellia has been blooming since the first of November when I bought it.  You can’t beat almost four and half months of blooms.




The Lady Clare camellia has also been blooming for a long time, but it, too, is coming towards the end of its bloom cycle.  While this is not the last one, it looks like there won’t be many more blooming.  Probably by the end of this week, this camellia too will be finished blooming until next winter.




But, spring time is a time of renewal, so what is now just starting to bloom as the ones above are finished?  The first of the amaryllis plants opened its flower today.  This particular variety is always the first to open.




Along the road, outside our subdivision, is an area that is left wild.  The Cherokee roses along this road have just started blooming.  This is a spectacular sight when you see the area covered with these large,white roses.  This is a very large rose bush with canes 10 to 15 feet long.  It does take a very large area since it can grow so big.




So, just as Mother Nature has slowly taken away our winter bloomers, she thoughtfully has provided new ones to take their place.


  1. donna said,

    March 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Winter flowers/bloomers….that’s an entirely foreign concept to me, but I like seeing yours. That white Cherokee rose is a beauty.

  2. Jan said,

    March 8, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Donna, and it is strange to me that there are places where nothing blooms in winter. Here, there is usually something blooming year round because we not only have a mild winter, but extreme cold occurs only rarely and never lasts long.

  3. andré said,

    March 9, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I agree that it’s a bit sad when some plants say goodbye… but should they be there all the time, one wouldn’t appreciate them in the same way. Beautiful amaryllis you have there!

  4. Randy said,

    March 9, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Jan you have definitely inspired us to purchase more camelias. Your collection is wonderful!

  5. fairegarden said,

    March 9, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Hi Jan, wow, those camellias are beautiful and have lasted such a long time. Our winters are not conducive to them, especially this year. I do love the wild roses, but they need a lot of room. That spot sounds perfect for them and for you to enjoy them. 🙂

  6. Brenda Kula said,

    March 9, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I didn’t know camellias bloomed through winter. Just another thing I learned from you, Jan!

  7. Sweet Bay said,

    March 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    The Cherokee Rose is lovely. I have Mermaid, which doesn’t seem to be related, but is very similar in terms of health and habit.

  8. March 9, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Ooooh, such pretty pictures of such pretty flowers. So foreign to me to see amaryllis blooming in the ground. Here, they grow in pots. LOL. I do put mine in the ground in summer and once in awhile, they bloom for me there, but not usually.

  9. Jean said,

    March 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Yes, Mother Natue is nice that way. I love that Yuletide you have. It seems that’s a good one to have around, from what I can tell.

  10. March 9, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I love the simplicity of that rose. You’ve captured it beautifully. Some of our wild roses here in Montana tend to get quite ragged looking unless cut back aggressively. Does the Cherokee?

  11. Jan said,

    March 11, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Andre, you are right; we wouldn’t appreciate anything as much if it was always around.

    Randy, you can’t go wrong with camellias. They are a lovely evergreen shrub with gorgeous flowers and a long blooming period when there aren’t many flowers around.

    Frances, that is a perfect spot for the big ramblers like Cherokee. They are blooming all over the woods right now and are so pretty from the highways.

    Brenda, that is the big appeal of camellias in the South. They start in the fall and last through spring.

    SB, I have seen pictures of Mermaid, and you are right they seem similar except Cherokee is a one time bloomer.

    Kylee, this far south, everybody grows amaryllis in the ground where they really seem to multiply. Occasionally, I, too, will have one that will bloom in summer.

    Jean, I am very happy with Yuletide. The photo does not really do it justice. A digital camera just can’t seem to capture the right red shade. It is a beautiful deep blue-red, not a tomato red.

    Kate, no, Cherokee just gets huge. It pretty much looks good all the time, and the very large hips add to it attractiveness when there are no flowers. Right now there are still some red hips left, and they look nice with the white flowers.

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