Camellia season is upon us, and Fairhope, like other Southern towns,
is covered with the beautiful flowers.
Among the older sections of town, there's hardly a yard without a Camellia bush.
Some are huge and very old.
In 1959, the Alabama state legislature changed the state flower from Golden Rod to the Camellia. I think Golden Rod is pretty, but isn't it considered a weed? I vote for Camellia.
Here are some old Camellia Yearbooks I picked up several years ago at an estate in Mobile. Most photos are in black and white, with a few of the old hand tinted drawings included.
It may be difficult to see, but this photo is from the 1950 Camellia Yearbook and was referred to as the "Hoffmeyer Pink," named for the family that owned this house in Darlington County, South Carolina. The Camellia at the end of the porch was of an unknown variety and
measured 29 feet tall with a limb spread of 30 feet.
I think we are a generation of overzealous pruners.
(Don't get me started on Crepe Myrtles).
The Camellia Show is in Mobile this weekend. 2,000 to 3,000 Camellias will
be on display at Bel Air Mall. The show is free, and is open
Saturday 2-7pm and Sunday Noon - 4pm.