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Melissa Strauss

Melissa is a writer, hobby gardener, beekeeper and homemaker. She can be found working in her extensive pollinator garden, trolling the local nurseries for unique plant specimens, and tending to the many fruit-bearing plants on her property. Melissa hopes to inspire other gardeners to delve into the rich and fulfilling world of pollinator gardening.

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Camellia Colors: What Colors Do Camellias Bloom?

Thinking of adding some camellias to your garden but can't decide what color to plant? Camellias can bloom in many colors, with red being the most commonly thought of. In this article, gardening expert and camellia enthusiast Melissa Strauss looks at all the different colors camellias can bloom in.

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15 Pink Orchid Varieties For Indoor & Outdoor Gardens

Looking for a pink orchid to plant in your indoor or outdoor garden, and can't decide what to choose? There are many different pink varieties to choose from, so picking just one can be a challenge. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss takes a deeper look at some of her favorite orchids that bloom in beautiful shades of pink!

A beautiful pink orchid blooming in color with pink petals around the center stamen. The stamen almost looks like a tongue, with yellow at the center and some white with darker purple spots.

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Orchid Flower Colors: What Colors Do Orchids Bloom?

Are you thinking of planting some orchids in your indoor or outdoor garden, but want to know what your color options are? Orchids bloom in a wide variety of colors, so you'll have plenty of options! In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss examines the most common colors you'll see orchids bloom!

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When Should You Prune Camellias Each Season?

Are you unsure when you should be pruning your camellias this season? Camellias can be tricky plants. There are certain times of year that are better for pruning, and some that you should avoid. In this article, we look at best times each season to prune camellias.

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17 Beautiful Pink Blooming Camellia Varieties

Looking to add some pink cameallias to your garden this season? Camellias are sometimes thought of as red-blooming shrubs, but there are plenty of camellias that bloom in beautiful shades of pink! In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through her favorite varieties of pink camellias, along with hardiness zones they will thrive in!

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11 Mistakes You Might Be Making With Your Camellias

Camellias are a popular fall blooming shrub that have many beautiful and differently colored blooms. But before they bloom, many novice and experienced gardeners alike can make some very simple mistakes during their most important growth stages. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through the most common mistakes gardeners make each season with their camellias.

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Camellia Varieties: 23 Different Types of Camellia You’ll Love

Looking to add some camellias to your garden this season, but aren't sure which to choose? There are many different types of camellias, so picking just one can be a bit difficult! In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through her favorite camellia varieties, with names and pictures of each!

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How to Plant, Grow and Care For Camellias

Camellias are a popular warm weather evergreen shrub, or tree. These flowering beauties are a mainstay in warmer climates, but they can be somewhat picky about their growing conditions. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through how to plant, grow, and care for Camellias!

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11 Red Camellia Varieties For Bold Garden Color

Are you thinking of adding some red camellias to your garden this season, but aren't sure which variety to choose? There are many varieties to choose from that bloom with beautiful bold red blossoms. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss walks through her favorite red flowering camellia varieties, with names and pictures of each!