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Bloom time 7a.

hey all, 
walking home from hearling the Nelon southern gospel singers (another true 

camellias of all shapes and colors continue to bloom after our "winter " of a 
week ago.  the buds are quite hardy, and when our little "gifts" from up 
north are gone, these buds remind us of the promises we have to come, if we 
just bear the cold for a tad.

my 'white empress', (camellia japonica) is queenly at 12' high, after being 
killed to the ground in the winter of '83.  huge double white blooms, with 
long gold anthers, provide a crowning appearance.   she's a bit too large for 
modern small gardens, but "supports" one end of my porch. 

acer rubrum is starting it's pale pale bloom season here, which with the many 
strains of native acer will provide a pale flash of color in the skies till 
mid march.  one of the wonderful things about winter, is driving down thru 
central and south georgia and seeing the varied color expressions of the acer 
rubrum, not to mention it's many new cultivars.

next to my huge burfordi holly, which has it's showiest berry presence in 
years, my hamamelis virginiana has begun it's bloom also.  this is one that 
was to be appreciated close up, as the tiny yellow flowers are the picture 
book definition of    Flowers: inconspicous.

top this with a few acer palmatum cultivars on the back deck that still hold 
fall color without the hint of dessication.

and of course, the evergreen giants, the timber bamboos, phyllostachys vivax, 
toppin 45', and reaching basal diameters of 3 1/2" are now thriving in the 
bottom yard, and the more "refined" jet black culms of the p. nigra, the 
"black bamboo", topping out at 10-12'.  (soon the hues of abiqua drinkin 
gourd will further enhance those black, mottled culms, with "powis castle" 
artemesia providing another hue in the blue to black garden with shades of 
gray and silver.  black mini boulders from beautiful minnesooooota play  with 
the "black knight", (ophiopogon ' black mondo.)
doncha just love winter???

Happy New years and new century, (but not millenium yet)
(is this a con, to sellus all the left over millenium stuff next new 
years???? da dummmmmmm)
peace and happiness for all.
y'all be good

Cindy Johnson & Harry Abel
a new beginning
hand carved stone water basins
traditional bamboo water garden accessories
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