We stocked up on a few things during our last trip to the store, things like chocolate chips, cheese, and icecream, all the essentials you’d need to live on cookies and pizza for the next few weeks, but we were happy enough to skip the toilet paper aisle. My wife has been hoarding toilet paper since before it was cool, so even with the current demand for paper products we still have at least a month before we need to crack open the paper towel vault. We all have our panic point though, and mine was warming weather and a lack of any decently sized camellias in the garden, so Friday order, Wednesday ship, and Thursday a sigh of relief.
Panic buying is not based in rational thought, and camellias are not hardy in my zone, but… I’ve been dabbling with a few seedlings. They’ve survived. I spoke with Charles Cresson who grows many camellias in his Swarthmore Pa garden. He suggested I look into the Korean forms of Camellia japonica. Things were researched, plants were purchased 🙂
When I say camellias are not hardy in my area I mean to say most camellias are not hardy here. Charles knows a thing or two about camellias, and has been growing them for decades a zone or two south of here, and he pointed me towards the Camellia japonica genetics collected by Barry Yinger in the late 70’s to early 90’s from islands off the Korean Peninsula. To hear the story of seed collecting under armed escort within sight of North Korea sounds like quite the adventure, but the more restrained Morris Arboretum version is available here. I’ve heard the hardiest of the seedlings have survived -29F.
So we will see. Obviously I don’t know where they will be planted. The two magnolias don’t have a home either, but it’s good to be prepared.