Here's the camellia update! As I originally mentioned HERE, our camellia bush was downed by the effects of flooding and wind on Tuesday (January 6). Snow, snow melt and heavy rains have made the ground all around our house a muddy mess.
Our yard man, Hector, came out personally to tend to the problem on Thursday (yesterday, January 8), with two of his guys. He was reluctant to stap the bush to the house, even after I gave him permisson. He was worried about the siding pulling off and I told him I'd take the responsibility. But he still decided to try staking it up, though I'm not all that sure it's going to work in the long run.
Anyway, he drove a big stake into the ground and used rope to secure the bush. After using a power saw to cut it back a ton (which was totally necessary). I should have taken a close-up photo of it before Hector trimmed it, because it was LOADED with buds, many of them actually starting to bloom!
On to the photos!
The camellia is back up, trimmed way back and secured
Look at the ground around the bush! Very muddy and
torn up. Ominous, isn't it?
You can see the stake and rope holding it up.
(Wow. Should I be freaked out by how WET the
foundation of the house looks? I just noticed
that while posting this image...)
I think it's going to be just fine!
Just a random shot of the baby pumpkin (from
Halloween) that's still sitting on our front
porch. The cold weather has kept it really
I do have to say that I wouldn't be surprised if Hector has to come out again later and actually strap it to the house. We're going to have more rain and more wind, without a doubt.
Anyway, I think the camellia will survive and be beautiful again, even if it's a bit puny this year... (woo hoo)