. . . . . and our homes have become the safest and most comfortable place to be.
Our little house finch couple continue to build their home in our porch hanging
basket - a cozy nest for a clutch of eggs which hopefully produce a family of
baby birds in the weeks to come.
The camellias have been amazing for several weeks but now, just as the azaleas
are starting to bloom, Camellia japonica's lovely flowers are fading and falling
to the ground.
It's always a good idea to clear away fallen flowers as fungal disease is
common. Camellia petal blight causes flowers to turn brown rapidly, then
drop. Sanitation is the best control: pick up and destroy all fallen blossoms
as well as infected ones on the plant. Remove and discard any existing mulch,
then replace with new mulch.
I'm somewhat concerned this shrub may have a fungal issue as many of the flowers
did turn brown this year. I do try to pick up the fallen ones asap, however perhaps
I should rake out all the old mulch and replenish. No excuses now for 'no time' to
work in the garden!
They still look beautiful to me!