Sponsored by Thomasville Garden Club Inc.
February is here and although this month is still part of the depth of winter in Thomasville, many of us hope that the extremely cold weather we experienced last month has come to an end. Ever the optimist, I expect the cold temperatures to have killed off the hoards of mosquitoes and other bothersome insects that have plagued us for the past several summers. Time will tell.
Typically, February’s temperatures range from lows in the 30s or 40s to highs in the 50s or 60s. Nevertheless, we can still have hard freezes at one extreme and highs in the 80s at the other. It is amusing how we go on and on about the weather, knowing full well that all we can do is cope with whatever we get.
On Saturday, Thomasville Garden Club, Inc. will hold its annual Camellia Show at the Garden Center, 1102 S. Broad St., from 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Anyone may enter camellias. Just come to the Garden Center between 7:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m. with your blooms on the day of the show, but please do not wait until the last minute. It takes more time than you realize to enter your blossoms. The good thing is that a number of people who are knowledgeable about camellias will be on hand to assist you.
Even if you do not intend to enter the competition, you really should attend the show. Camellias are magnificent flowers and there are literally hundreds of varieties, each amazingly beautiful. You cannot fail to be impressed. Did you know that more than 70 varieties of camellias were developed right here in Thomasville? Records show that the oldest locally registered camellia is the Mrs. F. L. Gibson in 1935. Many private yardens still have some old, original Thomasville camellias growing in them.
Attending the show also offers an opportunity to learn which camellias you might want to plant in your own yarden. It is excellent timing because new camellias can be planted now. This month, while they are in flower, is the perfect time to select your plants. After seeing the fabulous blooms at the Camellia Show, as well as driving around and seeing camellias growing in so many yardens, you will surely find some camellias that are irresistible.
By the way, the Camellia Show lasts only one day. Do not miss it, thinking that you have another day or two! Admission to the show is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.