~Camellia sasanqua 'Apple Blossom'~
I was surprised today to see that one of my sasanquas was in bloom - it was one that I got in Virginia last December, no - actually my father got it to neighbors as a gift, who a few days before he was going to give it to them said that they hadn't had any luck with camellias...and had given up. Lucky me! I read somewhere that this one could bloom in late summer/early fall - but I guess I was thinking late October/early November. What a treat to find a sasanqua in bloom in September!
Tomorrow is a big day around the Microbial Lab. It's senior graduate student, Ben, defends his dissertation. His seminar is at 10 am - it is open to anyone who wants to attend, and the defense will begin at 11 am - it is a closed defense, with only members of his doctoral committee present. Last week we worked on his talk - the difficult thing about a defense seminar is that suddenly the student has to condense all of that work into a 50 minute or so presentation. It isn't easy. But it's also the time when a student can say 'Hey! Look at this! Do you realize how HARD this was to do?? Do you know how interesting this is?'. A good seminar is usually a passionate one - organized passion.
They grow up - scientifically-speaking - so fast.