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.
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. 🙂