Flower Show

This past weekend, there was a Camellia Flower Show and plant sale sponsored by The Grand Strand Camellia Society. It looked like a wonderful display to me, but according to those in the know there are normally 700-1,000 entries instead of the 300 this year.

In talking to a couple of the Society officers, many of these blooms were cut on December 28th prior to the cold spell. The cold causes the blooms to shrivel up but does not negatively impact the plant itself. How they hold the flowers over for two plus weeks would certainly be an interesting topic of conversation.

Gorgeous blooms in a variety of colors and sizes…

Those of us from the north don’t get to see too many camellias because they prefer a growing zone 7 or warmer. If you are in an area where you can enjoy these lovelies and want to know more, Southern Living has a nice comprehensive article.

The temperatures here, like most of the east coast, have dropped again, but with layers on I’m still walking the beach.

I’m also eating and drinking well.

My very favorite place, Quigley’s Pint and Plate in Pawley’s Island, still has peach wheat beer on draft. Good stuff.

The local grocers are also well stocked right now with Sumo oranges. If you have never had an opportunity to try one, they peel like a tangerine and have a wonderful sweet taste. They’re a little pricey, but I’ve never seen them at the store in NH so I take advantage while here.

We have found good wood-fired pizza, wonderful barbecue, and many of the restaurants serve warm croissants drizzled with honey butter alongside a dinner salad. Croissants aren’t served as a part of the meal in NH so that has been quite a treat. I guess when you are staying in an area that has almost 2,000 restaurants there are new food adventures wherever you turn.

This is why, cold or not, I’m walking the beach. My destination is the pier which is a two-mile round trip. If I keep working so hard to support the SC economy, I may have to start walking twice a day. πŸ™‚

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47 Responses to Flower Show

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    The picture of the pier is gorgeous. That’s exactly where I would like to be walking this morning too … instead of in the land of ice, snow, and bitter arctic winds.

    I hope you continue to enjoy your stay in SC. Soak up that relatively warmer weather while you can πŸ™‚

    btw – did they mention why the flower show was so much smaller than usual? I’m just assuming it was related to the weather.

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  2. KerryCan says:

    The flower show must’ve warmed your gardener’s soul! The one thing about being in a southern location that I envy most is the ability to get outside and move. We are so house-bound and sedentary–I want to walk a long ways on a beach!

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    • I never understood the snowbird thing, but I think you just nailed it – you can get outside. Right now, it is cooler than I’d like, but I don’t have to deal with feet of snow, ice and below zero temps. It will definitely take layers today, but I’ll still be out there checking out the seagulls, brown pelicans, and the shell choices. πŸ™‚

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  3. Beautiful pier shot and the flowers are so pretty. The food sounds delicious. Here I am boiling eggs to go with toast and you have me craving wood fired pizza lol

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  4. Murphy's Law says:

    Those flowers are beauties. They make me think of really warm temperatures and sunshine. Love the photo of the pier. I’m afraid by the time I walked the one mile to get to it, I’d have to hang on to it for awhile before making the return trip! Lol.

    Never heard of Sumo Oranges. Interesting looking fruit.

    Enjoy the culinary delights this area has to offer…..and keep on walking!! —-Ginger—-

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  5. Relax... says:

    Lovely photos, and oh, that pier! Youngest is living/teaching/soon-to-be nursing down in NC, and her mom-in-law-to-be is in SC. I have a feeling I may become somewhat of a snowbird one day — and at the moment, I can hardly wait! It’s so cold up here. Enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  6. ortensia says:

    Great day must have been.pics are gorgeous.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Too funny! Sounds like a double walk would be worth it. This northerner really enjoys reading about things she has never seen—camellias and Sumo oranges. I’d heard about camellias, of course, but Sumo oranges are new to me. Would love to try one.

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  8. Joyce says:

    Mmmm, that menu you describe! Who couldn’t be happy in that location! Even with it being a bit chillier than you’d like, (for now, at least), what a refreshing change of seasons to enjoy! I’m amazed that those flowers thrived after such an early picking, they’re beautiful!

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  9. tonytomeo says:

    Sumo oranges? I have not heard of those. It looks like a hybrid, sort of like the tangelo.

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  10. taphian says:

    Beautiful photos of camelias. I never heard of these oranges. They look interesting.

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  11. We have camellias here, but I don’t recall seeing ones with ruffled petals like that pink one with the yellow center. That picture reminded me of peonies… my favorite flower even though they don’t grow here very well. I’ll have to see if those oranges are available here – they sound wonderful!

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  12. Great photo’s Judy. The light is fantastic in all of them. Enjoy your winter retreat!

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  13. Donnalee says:

    Lovely flowers and lovely photos–thanks for sharing them with us. Enjoy your food and walks–I hope they balance each other out!

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  14. I have a camellia in the garden. The double flowers are a deep pink bordering on red and bloom in Autumn. Here I don’t have the problem of cold weather affecting them though. If it is too warm they turn brown and drop off. If you have to go walking to ward off the holiday excesses, you’ve certainly got a lovely place to do it Judy. πŸ™‚

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  15. Sandra says:

    Totally awesome photo of underneath those pilings. Sounds like you’re having a wonderful time. I can’t eat any of the things you listed here but I sure would love them if I could. The Camellia collage my favorites are the top right corner and the middle all of them are just gorgeous

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  16. Ingrid says:

    Brrr…. sounds cold. Beautiful blooms are always a treat anytime of the year!

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  17. I can’t believe there’s a camellia show now. Wow! I would love to see how growers get these fragile blooms to hold up. And the colors would lift my spirits, for sure.

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  18. joey says:

    I want to wear layers and walk the beach, too! And eat and drink well, too! πŸ˜€ Enjoy some for me!

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  19. I want to be walking on the beach, even if in layers, and eating and drinking well!

    I have a Camilla (sp) bush and it hasn’t been doing well these past two winters. It was so lush and full, and now it’s scrawny, barely any leaves, and produces very few flowers. It’s been the Winter highlight in my backyard for years, and now…not so much. Is it too old? Like Cherry Trees do they get too old and die? Mine must be 20 if not older. It was one of the very first bushes I put in we bought our house 36 yrs ago. The Drought? I wish I knew how to help it. If it doesn’t recover by next winter I’ll have He-Man dig it out and replace the soil and plant a new one.
    A ruffly one would be nice. Mine doesn’t have that feature.

    We had a Bing Cherry tree in the backyard when we bought the house. We had 5 years of the best cherries ever. Then the tree slowly stopped producing until it didn’t produce anything and just about shriveled up and died.That behavior is very much like what this Camillia is doing now that’s why I’m wondering if they get too old and die?

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    • Your question about how long a camellia plant might live sent me scurrying to Google. It appears that in the wild they can live 100-200 years. I don’t have any first hand knowledge of growing them. I can say that when we moved to our current house there were two high bush blueberry plants that produced enough blueberries to feed two families and allow many bags to be frozen. That started to decline until there were zero blueberries. I’ve moved it twice trying to find a good place and basically cut it back dramatically. I had green branches last year but not one berry. We’ll see what happens this year. πŸ™‚

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  20. Oddment says:

    The camellias are wonderful! And even more wonderful than usual on this dark, frigid morning. I’m glad you’ve got those layers because this cold is everywhere, and walking a beach wouldn’t be the warm hobby it usually is. But then you’ve got peach wheat beer to warm you up, if the walk doesn’t. Yes, life must have a certain balance, and I understand that something must balance out your support of the economy. I confess I chuckled.

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  21. germac4 says:

    I love camellias … they just look so….perfect! Glad to hear you are walking in order to support the SC economy… Such a good way to balance life..croissants with honey butter … It doesn’t get much better than that!

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  22. Dan Antion says:

    I love the photo of the pier, Judy. I would head for that in a heartbeat. The food descriptions sound wonderful. I enjoy croissants and I usually feel guilty for wanting to add butter…now I won’t feel bad. I’m glad you were able to feed your passion at a flower show, as I was at a woodworking show. It’s too bad the cold snap had such an affect. Still 300 exhibitors must have made for a nice walk through the blossoms.

    My mom loved camellias. Of course, trying to get them for her in Pittsburgh and eventually, Iowa was nearly impossible. I finally got her a bouquet of silk camellias for her birthday the last time I saw her.

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  23. Rupali says:

    Lovely shades of pink. Good for eye in these darker days.

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  24. Annie says:

    Lovely. Camellias are one of several plants I miss from Virginia but, then again, I gained the fantastic winterberry that dazzles me in New Hampshire. 😊

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  25. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful camellias – I love your photo of the pier. The beach looks so inviting!

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  27. bikerchick57 says:

    I hope you had a pleasant walk to the pier and back. It looks lovely, Judy. The camellias are so pretty, but considering what zone they grow in, it’s no wonder I don’t see them here in Wisconsin. Such a wonderful place to be and relax, so continue to enjoy!

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  28. pommepal says:

    Sumo oranges, I wonder were the name came from. Beautiful flower photos

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  29. Karen says:

    The flowers are gorgeous…they don’t do well here in our part of Florida or I’d certainly plant some.

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  30. Nancy says:

    How fun for you!! The beach is always fabulous!

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  31. Nancy says:

    Camilla’s are absolutely beautiful!

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