Bright White on a Dark Day

It is dreary and misty here, but I had to get out.

The garden calls despite the weather.

Snowflake, Leucojum

The whites were bright today.

White by the Gate, Camellia japonica

This is their time to shine.

Starflower (ipheion), ‘Albert Castillo’

It is lovely to spy some white on a dark day.

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The Fight for Flowers

It is hard work protecting my precious plants from the local deer herd.

I have to be diligent. If I wait, it is too late.

This week I noticed the front of my ‘Professor Sargent’ Camellia japonica was missing.

Yes. the entire front of an evergreen shrub had been eaten overnight.

Good thing I keep a selection of posts and fencing handy.

Now Professor Sargent’s front and flowers will be safe.

‘Professor Sargent’ Camellia japonica

I circled the yard to check on ‘White by the Gate.’

White by the Gate

It was safe and blooming inside its year-round fencing.

Edgworthia also has its own enclosure.

I am not sure if the flowers would get eaten, but the leaves were nibbled on last fall.

Edgeworthia

I guess I will start enclosing my daylilies as they sprout.

No point in growing snacks for the local wildlife!

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Snow White and Rose Red

My two Camellia japonicas blooming has reminded me of a fairy tale,

Snow White and Rose Red (Schneettweichen und Rosenrot).

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‘Professor Sargent’ Camellia japonica

My sister and I had some relation to this story.

She was a redhead and I a blond.

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‘White by the Gate’ Camellia japonica

That is where the link ends…I hope.

As with most fairy tales,

the good little girls turn the monster (bear) into a prince and marry him and his brother.

Mothers, let’s rewrite these PLEASE.

Leave in the good and kind,

but change the reward to a self-fulfilling ending instead of a wedding.

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(No offense Princes.)

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