Flower of the Day: Debutante Camelia

There never was a more fitting name for a flower than ‘debutante,’ one of the earliest camelias to bloom. I found her waiting next to a bench at Flower World and was enchanted by her pale pink ruffles and pearls.

I should have brought her home and may yet go back and get her.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

~ Susanne

19 Comments on “Flower of the Day: Debutante Camelia

  1. Absolutely go get that camellia and if you can find “Brigadoon” at that nursery grab that one too – also pink though a bit deeper of that shade, and it is a single bloom of large proportions. It blooms later in the season for continuous color in your winter -to- spring transition garden. There’s another one that makes a lovely foil for the pink camellias and that is the pure white “Swan Lake.” Just remember to plant these where there’s a little bit of protection from wind and rain to reduce rainspotting (brownish color) on the petals.

    • Thanks. I don’t have a lot of room left for shrubs in my garden but I will likely get a debutante camelia and try growing it in a container. I was especially impressed with its pale pink and ruffly beauty.

  2. I meant to read and respond to this post the other day, and was just now looking at Pinterest and saw it, so that reminded me. ๐Ÿ˜€ What I love about camelias is how they bloom in the winter! I have two pretty big ones, they were already here when I came, so I donโ€™t know how old they are. (Pre 1992 anyway.)
    One is about the same color as your photos and the other is a darker pink. They donโ€™t seem to have much of a scent but they are pretty!

    • Yes they really are pretty! I had two established shrubs at my last house but I don’t have any now. And they weren’t nearly as pretty as the debutante. I love the frilly pale pink. I think I’ll get one and plant it in a container.

  3. That is an absolutely gorgeous camellia! I love those flowers, they are so delicate. When we lived in NC we had 2 camellia bushes and they were so pretty! Iโ€™m not sure how they would fare here in Yakima, I donโ€™t think Iโ€™ve seen any around.

    • Thanks. I should have bought it when I saw it, one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if they’d survive the cold winters there. You could check with a local nursery.

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