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New camellia honors Susy Dirr

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New camellia honors Susy Dirr


New from Plants Nouveau: Camellia hiemalis ‘Susy Dirr’ — a fall-blooming camellia that displays elegant and formal double carmine-pink flowers.

Susy Dirr, daughter of Dr. Michael and Bonnie Dirr, was born with cystic fibrosis, which makes the act of breathing a life and death struggle. Undaunted by her disease, she was valedictorian of her high school class and an honor student at the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in advertising a year ahead of her class. Cystic fibrosis did not define Susy as a person. She embraced life with a joyful spirit that was uplifting to everyone around her. She made the world a better place with her compassion for others, her biting wit and brilliant mind. When a soul shines so bright, we see it in all things beautiful. So, as summer fades and hints of autumn are in the air, reflections of these lovely flowers, graceful in form and with the sweet fragrance of newly opened tea, begin to fill our senses. We reflect on Susy’s life and know that a part of her spirit remains with us in the garden.

Growing 8 to 12 feet tall by 5 to 7 feet wide in zones 7 to 9, this new, hardy camellia is a robust grower in containers both in the nursery and the garden. It requires full sun to part shade and average, moist to well-drained soil. Propagation is by softwood cuttings.

Bobby Green, the breeder of Camellia ‘Susy Dirr’, has agreed to gift $.45 from each plant to the Sweet Melissa Fund, which assists families affected by cystic fibrosis.


Written by vaphc

July 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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