Camellias…Southern Gardens’ Christmas Gifts

Dear Reader:

In spite of the overcast chilly weather yesterday … it was a joyful day! Anne, Donna, and I drove to Ridgeville to get barbecue at Duke’s …. part of Anne’s belated barbecue birthday present.

The little town was hopping… Christmas booths and tents were spread out over the empty lot across from Duke’s and the Christmas parade was on…. There is nothing more festive than a tiny town celebrating Christmas with gingerbread houses’ contests, holiday attired goats and all forms of holiday paraphernalia for sale.

For five dollars we could get our picture taken holding a Christmas goat… we passed! 😂

Then we were off to see Lisa at Hollow tree Nursery …. Donna wanted some camellia bushes -for her and a friend. We had come to the right place. (Anne and I had started a Christmas tradition of picking up an extra plate of barbecue for Lisa and this year I added a Christmas tree ornament.)

Pretty New Sign

The camellia is considered the ” aristocrat” of a southern winter garden…. nicknamed ” The Winter Rose of the South.” The two most popular types are the Christmas Carol and Yuletide Camellias.

Lisa had every type available… beautiful!

At every turn a photo moment popped out!

While I was taking pictures, Lisa took Anne and Donna to pick out their favorite camellias and when they returned… she had wrapped up three homemade wreaths as gifts for us… so sweet! A mixture of frazier fir and eucalyptus … you can imagine the wondrous aroma permeating the car.

Here it is … on my kitchen table -I added two tea candles, a bow, and a red bottle… wow… the scent of Christmas! Thank you Lisa!

So until tomorrow… There is not a season that God does not decorate for us… the beauty of His world never ceases.

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Today is also Eloise’s performance in the Nutcracker… she is doing a marshmallow dance… can hardly wait! Sneak peek of her tu-tu!

Little Marshmallow… you melt my heart!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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5 Responses to Camellias…Southern Gardens’ Christmas Gifts

  1. Honey Burrell says:

    Oh how I love and miss the Low Country Winter flowers! As a child I remember making necklaces with blooms that had fallen to the ground. It was also fun to decorate secret hideaways. I miss Camellias!
    Eloise is so precious! I know her event will be great! Your table looks lovely! Miss you my friend! Love you lots and lots.🥰


  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    We finally got to that nursery and we told her that we knew you. She and her friend were so nice. We got three trees from them. Love Eloise’s picture…so sweet.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Yes… she told me y’all came and thanked me for letting you know about HollowTree… Doodle went to high school with Lisa… went with her and Lassie for the first time there years ago….

      Sent from my iPhone


  3. Johnny Johnson says:

    I am so glad the writing today was about Camellias! We have three now one is sasanqua and it blooms early like end of October into November and keeps blooming for a long while. The sasanqua has really tiny pink flowers and so many blooms the limbs sag. The we have two Japonica one has blooms like the first picture in your pictures, and it’s in full swing full of red blooms, looks like a Christmas tree with all red ornaments. My third blooms last and has the big open blooms. The third has buds all over it but won’t get full bloom until colder weather like January. I love my Camellias, they are so pretty and they add color to the yard when all else is gray. My Holly tree has red berries all over it offsetting the deep green, and shining leaves. Now thanks to you I know where to get my next Camellia, and I want a white one in the mix, maybe two white ones. I love the white Camellias too! Hollow Tree here I come! I’ll tell them Mrs. Becky Dingle sent me!


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