2014 Camellia Journal Publications
‘Ville de Nantes’ is the variegated sport of Dr. Van Siebold’s 1834 ‘Donckelaeri’ with a dark red medium large semidouble flower with upright fimbriated petals that blooms mid to late season. Enjoy the many different faces of this lovely bloom due to the type and amounts of variegation seen on this issue’s cover. All photographs are by Randolph Maphis, except the top right, which is a Hulyn Smith photograph.
‘Frank Houser’ was bred by Dr. Walter Homeyer and credit for the variegated form is given to Marvin Jernigan in 1990. The last few years ‘Frank Houser Variegated’ has been number one at camellia shows. This cover photo of ‘Frank Houser Variegated’ by Randolph Maphis is proof positive of its number one ranking.
‘Elaine’s Betty’ is a sport of ‘Betty Sheffield’ introduced by Jim and Elaine Smelley of Mosspoint, Mississippi. The flower has a pale pink center with occasional rose red stripes and spots, shading to a deeper pink at the petal edges. This photo honors the Smelleys who were awarded the Tablet of Honor in December. Cover photo by Randolph Maphis.
‘Freedom Bell’ is the most famous bell shaped camellia in America. The flower is a small to medium bright red semidouble with a cluster of bell shaped petals. Cover photo by Bradford King.