Camelias were a favorite of Hortense's, and several she planted in the 1970's and '80's still thrive in the garden close to the Miller residence where they receive slightly more water and protection from the elements. Among those faithfully blooming in the Gazebo Garden are the Camelia Sasanqua (below).
The Camelia hybrid, C.M. Wilson, a 1949 mutant of the popular cultivar, 'Chandlere Elegans' (below).
The hybrid, Dr. Louis Pollizzi.
In the Forecourt, just by the gate to the potting shed, a visitor will find the Camelia japonica 'Magnoliaflora.' According to our Garden Guide, this long lasting garden resident is a hybrid developed in Japan in 1886.
Over the years volunteer and past president of HMG, Marsha Bode, has written numerous articles about the plants in Hortense's garden. Here are a few for you to enjoy. Please check back periodically to see new stories and new plants we add to the garden as we strive to keep Hortense's collection intact.
July's Iconic Bulb
Next to whiskers on kittens, bulbs are my favorite things. Out of their tidy brown packages come some of the most spectacular blooms in the garden, and fall is the best time to plant most of them.
In the Hortense Miller Garden our bulbs increase themselves with gusto, so much so that the gardeners complain that there is not enough room for other plants.
The solution to this happy problem is to offer some of our extra progeny at the annual Friends of Hortense Miller Garden plant sale. The sale takes place each year in November on the last Saturday before Thanksgiving from 8:00 am to noon at the Laguna Beach Farmers Market.
Our largest bulb by far is the Urgenia. Some of them grow to the size of small watermelons. They are also prolific spreaders. Like the Amaryllis 'Naked Ladies' their leaves die down in hot weather, but then in August they send up a tall spike covered with a myriad of small white flowers.
Urgenia maritima 'Sea Onion' just starting to bloom July 2015