A Pleasant Surprise

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


I was surprised to see that the Sasanqua Camellia that I purchased last fall already has started to bloom.  It has a very lovely flower, but it was not labled correctly.  I bought it as Yuletide, a brilliant scarlet flower, but it has bloomed white with very pale pink edges.  The tag said Yuletide, and the container even had Yuletide written on its side, but, alas, it was not.




Sasanquas are a little different from the better known Japonicas.  Sasanquas usually bloom earlier and have smaller flowers.  They also will tolerate more sun than the japonicas will and also tend to be hardier.  Smaller than the spring flowering camellias, sasanquas come in low growing as well as ones that reach five to seven feet. 


I planted this one in a large container because I had wanted to place it next to the front door when it was blooming.  Since it turned out to be a different variety, I probably will plant it in the ground next month.


At first I was very disappointed that this camellia was mislabled, but it was not long before I realized how lovely this one truly was.  I still will try and buy a Yuletide, but this time I will wait until it is flowering to be sure I get the real thing.

Attractive Weed?

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


I have often written about how many new weeds have shown up in the garden since Hurricane Katrina blew through.  Many gardeners here have said the same thing.  Well, last year a new plant volunteered in the garden.  It was green with delicate, cut leaves.  I let it grow, trying to figure out what it was.  It looked like it could be some sort of wild artemisia.  It continued to grow slowly and the fine textured foliage made a nice contrast to the daylilies around it.


This spring, it returned, a little bigger, so I decided to move it since I didn’t want it crowding out the daylilies.  I moved it to a shadier location in an area I was redoing that had few plants and so there was space for it.  It thrived.  I continued to try and find out what it was but no luck.  Now it has started to bloom.



The flowers are tiny and almost look like little tufts.  This is probably some terrible weed that I should immediately remove, but curiosity is winning out.  I am thinking about trimming off the flowers before they go to seed just in case this is some noxious weed that no one in her right mind would have in a garden.  Here is a picture that shows the foliage.



The leaves are very finely cut, but as it grows the ones on the top change slightly and are not as lobed.   I have looked all over the Internet and in my garden books, but can’t find any info on any weed or wildflower that looks like this.  Any ideas?  Anyone?