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I so wish I could grow those where I live! They are gorgeous. Enjoy your time with your sister!
thanks is so fun catching up with them x
I love camelias. My neighbours have a camelia that I didn't even realise was one because for years it produced nothing until the wet season in 2011 when it burst out in the most beautiful deep red blooms. I think it was given no attention whatsoever and just kept doing its thing until the rain came. So resilient.
true survivors x
My grandmother grew beautiful camellias. We have some in our side yard that go crazy every spring and seem to thrive on neglect.
I want some but just can't grow them x
Imagine the stories those camellias could tell! How wonderful, enjoy your family time. Am currently on the other side of the earth visiting my sister!P xx
have fun! mine are both here too x
Really lovely your family has four living generations and your grandparents and parents can pass on their love and knowledge to the younger generations
I know so lucky x
I love camellias and we have about 5 that were planted around 50 years ago. They are one of the few plants that still grows under our giant sequoia tree. Wonderful you still have your grandfather and he gets to know your kids. Precious. xx
they moved in after the war so those camellias are old. Have 3 grandparents so v. blessed x
How gorgeous - I remember growing up with a camellia bush and we used to compulsively pull the flowers off and throw the petals around - I found out many years later from a gifted gardener that this would actually encourage the bush to thrive! Enjoy family time :)
would love some in my garden right now but alas cannot grow!
I love seeing camellias. :D how beautiful is the cream and pink patterned bloom. Xxx
just divine, my favourite x
There are many things I love about living in Melbourne, but up there in the top 10 would be CAMELLIAS. Caps totally justified as they are so beautiful. We have many in our garden and I never tire of looking at them (if I'm in the need of some quiet time I will commune with the camellias), cutting them and floating them in bowls/stuffing them in vases, posting gratuitous pictures of them on instagram. And of course they were Coco Chanel's favourite flower. What's not to like?
I can just imagine the fragrance!
was perfect x
Enjoy your family time...camellias are gorgeous!Hooray for grandad and his green thumb...
hooray indeed x
Camelias for me will always be associated with the birth of my daughter, when my parents sent me a huge one for the occasion. Your grandfather's garden must be reminiscent of so many happy events ! xxx
reminds me of my late Grandma so much. Feel teary just remembering x
I love Camelias. I am desperate to have a couple of trees planted in our backyard and also at the front of the house.xxBB
would luff to have some too x
Interesting your grandfather wears a wedding ring, unusual I think in that generation. My 82 y/o father has never worn one, for any of his 4 marriages
He did a lot more than wear a wedding band for my Grandma. He was absolutely devoted to her his entire life and defied both their families to marry her because they were different religions and then after a decade of marriage he converted to her faith and then became her carer towards the end of her life. What a man xx
and he's in his mid 90s so maybe it was the thing a decade earlier?
That's such a wonderful story ! we should all be so lucky to have someone like that in our lives
That's such a sweet story about your Grandfather FF!smr your Dad not wearing a wedding ring for any of his marriages might have indicated where his mind was regarding marriage?? Although now you have me worried as my husband doesn't own/wear one…!
My darling 82 year old dad has never worn a wedding band either. Though he did suggest on their 50th anniversary he should get one! Mum said you didn't want one then, you're not getting one now! What a fine man your grandfather is. Bless.
I bet kaiser Karl has rung your granddad for camelia prototypes...
I love Camellias, when my little firstborn Leo arrived I had magnificent arrangements sent with them and then when I lost my beloved Leo dad, they reminded me seasons, love and all beautiful things.
Gorgeous. Can't wait to have a garden one day when the dalmation grows up.
Thanks for sharing such beauty my dear! So happy to hear you get to spend time with your sister!!xoxo
How lovely to visit your grandfather's garden and all those divine camellias. We have two in the garden and one that was my mother's (a beautiful deep pink) in a big pot. It's just flowering now - she always loved that camellia - I love it too and feel happy and sad at the same time admiring the huge flowers. Wonderful to have both your sisters visiting. Best wishes for a wonderful time together! So lucky to have 3 grandparents still with you. There's only one left of my parents' generation, my father's younger brother's widow - and she has terminal cancer. So sad, when we visit she's incredibly brave and stoic and still has a sense of humour. She and my uncle were always so kind to us, especially when we first moved to Canberra. It's so final and rather scary when you lose the last of the generation before your own. Pammie xxx
FF,Those camellias are stunning! I love a camellia - if you go on Amazon.com you can purchase some leather camellias that look just like a Chanel.
Love Camelias too. Visited Malcolm Fraser’s property at Nareen in country Victoria many moons ago for an Open Garden day. He had huge hedges of them around the farmhouse and he had an avid interest in growing and cultivating them. Tammie grew the roses. They were very welcoming - Tammie poured tea and Malcolm chatted to people including our son who was about 7 at the time. A gorgeous old labrador in his basket on the verandah and at the side verandah, all the fishing gear, gumboots and oilskins. It was refreshing to see things as they really are on a working property. It was still divine! Do I see a baby bump in one of those photos? Or are my eyes deceiving me? Lovely to have your sisters around - especially if one is expecting. Hope you are feeling better - I’m still just dragging self around. Tonkath x
it's my 8 year old niece. x
Love the camellia's - they're quite spectacular. Mine are so lacklustre, I have to steal my Dad's to have a good display in my house (or strip all of the bushes to get one small bowl full). Enjoy the family time x
My Grandfather had a shirt like your grandfathers'...and camellias. I miss him, thanks for the little reminder.
Gardening is really about patience isn't it - 60 years ago! So amazing. Have a wonderful time with the family xx
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