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Camellia japonicas bloom underneath Eudora’s bedroom window. Second shrub from left is the variety ‘Lady Clare’, a name she gave to a character in her novel Delta Wedding.
An unidentified Camellia japonica unfurls its peony-shaped blooms in March.
Lavender ‘Gulf Pride’ is the only indica azalea in the Welty garden. Here it blooms alongside white spireas and the annual phlox drummondii. In the 1930s Chestina used this broken concrete rubble to edge her border.
The Florida flame azalea (Rhododendron austrinum) blooms vividly in the deep Southern woods. Its bloom is a welcome spring event at the corner of the Welty House.
The once-blooming climbing rose ‘Dr. W. Van Fleet’ covers an arbor with its pale pink blossoms.
Chestina planted yellow and orange daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.) in the late 1920s. These same plants survive and thrive in the garden today.
The blush lavender surprise lily (Lycoris squamigera) blooms overnight, with no leaves, in mid-summer; leaves appear later. In her short story “June Recital,” Eudora used this flower to describe the piano teacher’s blossoming personality every year at recital time.
“Etoile de Hollande” was one of the most popular hybrid tea roses in the early twentieth century. Eudora named several of her characters ‘Etoyle.’
This zinnia variety, Zinnia elegans ‘Miss Wilmott,’ grows today in the Welty cutflower garden.