Too Early

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

It’s too early for Christmas; thanksgiving hasn’t arrived yet. Tell that to Yuletide, a sasanqua camellia that just started blooming in my garden.



This is still a fairly small bush since it has not been in the garden very long, and it is one of my favorite sasanquas. I first saw it in an article in Southern Living magazine, and I just had to have one. The first one I bought was not blooming but had three Yuletide markings or labels, but it still turned out to be another variety which was very disappointing. The next year, I found a Yuletide in bloom (which is the only way I would have bought it) and was so happy to finally have a correct one.

Even though it has started blooming in mid-November, if it flowers as it did last year, there will still be flowers come Christmas. I have this bush planted in a fairly large container so I am able to place it by the front door to add to the holiday decorations.

I guess after next week it will be time to think of Christmas. Yuletide just seems to be a little ahead of me.



  1. debsgarden said,

    November 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

    What a beautiful camellia! I actually saw some Yuletides recently when I purchased my Leslie Anns. They weren’t in bloom, however, so I didn’t know how lovely they are. When I buy more camellias I will remember this one!

  2. November 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Dear Jan, Your beautiful camellia really cheered me on this gray Pennsylvania day! Pam x

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