Thursday, June 30, 2022

The Camellia, Slate River, On., OPEN Canada Day Weekend 2022.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

It's hard to believe it's already July, those of us who live in Northern Ontario spend most of our Summer waiting for warmer weather. This year the weather has see-sawed between extreme heat and humidity to cooler than normal nights, with lots of rain. The mosquitoes and blackflies are plentiful, along with the ticks. It is part of living in Northern Ontario, we have lots of forested areas. 

Happy Canada Day! 

We will be OPEN this Canada Day weekend, Friday 11-5, Sat. 11-5, Sunday 12-5p. Stop by and see us at 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. in Slate River. just outside Thunder Bay. 

Old set of drawers redone in Cottage Paint

Most of you have old pieces of Furniture waiting to be refinished, we sell Cottage Paint at The Camellia, a water-based, easy to use chalky Paint, which is available in 58 colours. Buy instore, or online at

heavenly blue morning glories

Our Gardens are full of blooms, French Lilacs are blooming at the moment, with Peonies about to bloom. These blue flowers are morning glories, called Heavenly Blue. We started these from seed a few months ago. 

Elephant ears potted planter

Have you finished planting all of your Summer pots? 

It's been a busy season with Graduations, and Weddings happening again. Here are some dried Lavender Boutonnieres which we made for a Wedding party. 

image via Burst by Shopify, women holding hands

Canada is made up of many Nationalities, and we are proud to be Canadian. Happy Canada Day!! 

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On. 
Find us on IG @CamelliafromNaturetohome

Friday, June 10, 2022

NEW show! Sparks and Fire Thunder Bay, the Camellia, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

Sparks and Fire show poster
Hello! We are inviting you to attend a brand new Event!

SPARKS & FIRE Show and Sale.
 This is a curated Show of established and emerging Artisans. This event is happening Saturday, June 11th.2022 from 11-4pm, at 712 MacDonell St. There will be the Hot Paddle Pizza food truck on-site, and music from CILU Radio 102.7 FM. There will be various Artisans, Potters and emerging Artists, do stop by and visit!

dried palm branches the Camellia

Yes, the Dried Palm branch obsession is on!! These are so in style at the moment for Wedding ceremony archways. They are sold out everywhere, but we have a bit in stock at our store, The Camellia. 

purple garden flowers

It's garden time ... that magical moment when the weather is warm enough to plant veggies and Flowers. But wait, we had a really wet Spring, so the Blackflies, Mosquitoes and ticks are next level. They rival the biting kabaura flies, found in the Rupununi, during rainy season in Guyana. See photo below of the Rupununi area, in Guyana. 


Rupununi savanna, Guyana

During the rainy season, one does not venture into the jungle, unless every square inch of skin is covered in full safari gear. Given that the temperature is 95 degrees, plus the humidity is the same, it is a sticky adventure, so be prepared. 

mosquito net The Camellia

We have Travel Mosquito nets and no-see-um Nets for sale, in our store. 

Mosquito net How-to

Summer field the Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

It's June and the beauty of a Northern Ontario summer is all around us! 
Have a great weekend, and come out and see us at 'Sparks and Fire.'

The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Salte River, Ontario
Shop online at

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

It's May Long weekend, The Camellia, Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

dock on lake with blue sky

Hello!  It's  MAY long weekend...that long-anticipated weekend when fishing season opens!  Preparation has started weeks out Campers and Rv's, and making sure Boats & trailers are ready to go. Many of you are likely heading out this long weekend to open up your Camp. It feels good to freshen things up at Camp - add some handmade flannel Camp pillowcases, and tackle that musty scent with our Forest-scented Balsam & Cedar diffuser. Our No-see-um and Mosquito nets are a must. Don't forget to cover up in our Camo leggings, the ticks are already out.

We are OPEN this May long weekend,
Wed. 11-5, Thurs. 12-5. Fri. 11-5. Sat. 11-5 Sun. 12-5. Closed on Monday.

Lake decor & Mosquito nets, The Camellia, Thunder Bay

Extra blankets and pillows are a must...the air is still chilly. This is a classic Lake colour scheme - Navy blue, sunshine yellow and Cottage white. In stock now at our store.  

Nautical pillow and blanket

Spring project DIY: Updating your Floor.
A quick way to update your floor is to paint it with Serenity Cottage Paint. Here we started out with 1/4" automotive tape on a cement floor, basecoated with Serenity CP in the colour Lichen, stencilled a Coral motif, then finished with Cottage Paint satin varnish. You can sweep up dirt easily, and mop with water and dishsoap.   

Painted cement floor with Cottage paint Serenity

Spring project DIY: Updating your Doors. 
Tired of your wooden doors? Just paint them with Serenity Cottage Paint...choose from a palette of 58 colours. Lightly scuff up doors, clean with Cottage Paint Clean ' Prep, then use a 10mm microfibre roller to roll on 2 coats. No topcoat needed. 

interior door painted with Cottage Paint

Spring mountain view at The Camellia

This is our view at our store. It's worth the drive to come and see us! We are well-stocked with products, and you can custom-order Painted signs, Floral Wreaths and Dried Florals. 
We are triple-vaxxed, and we encourage you to continue to wear your mask when indoors. 
Have a wonderful May long weekend! See you soon! 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Hanging Baskets for Mother's Day gifts 2022, Delivery Thunder Bay and area, Ontario

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop
It's almost Mothers' Day in Canada, (Sunday, May 8th. 2022) and if you are looking to have a Mother's Day Gift delivered in Thunder Bay, do call us here at The Camellia. P-807-475-3551. A Hanging basket of outdoor Plants is a great Gift for Mom. These are our photos from last year, this year the baskets may not be as full, as our weather has been quite cold and wet. Baskets may differ from those shown below. 
We hope to have them by next week, they are grown locally here in Thunder Bay greenhouses. 

purple hanging basket The Camellia

After our very long winter, these baskets make a lovely Gift for Mom, for her Garden or hanging from an outdoor balcony. 

purple hanging basket The Camellia

hanging begonia basket the Camellia

Some baskets like this hanging Begonia basket are more suitable for shady areas, with less sun. 

hanging begonia basket the Camellia

hanging basket for sunny areas The Camellia

Some baskets are for full or partial sun, like this one above. Hummingbirds love these red blooms. 

hanging fuschia basket

This basket above is a hanging Fuschia, which prefers shade, but can also handle some sun. 

patio tablecloth with zipper

We also have Patio Tablecloths, if Mom likes lounging on the Patio. these have a hole for the umbrella , and a zipper up to the hole. These tablecloths are water resistant and stain resistant, and some have matching outdoor cushions. 

patio tablecloth with zipper

We have lots of Lavender & Spa baskets for Mom. Shop instore at The Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Shop online at

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Craft Revival TBay, Spring 2022, Mother's Day Gifts, the Camellia, Thunder Bay.

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop
It's Craft Revival time in Thunder Bay, and while it's supposed to be Spring in Thunder Bay, it's raining a lot at the moment. All our songbirds have returned, and the Robins, and lots of geese and Sandhill cranes, so it will get warmer, at some point. Soon, we hope!

girl in field of flowers, image via Pexels

We (Camellia from Nature to Home) are not taking part in in this Spring's Craft Revival, however you can still visit our store at 30, Hacquoil Rd. in Slate river, or you can shop online here:

You can shop the Craft Revival in-person on April 24, 2022, at various locations. ( see Map above).  
            If you have any questions, check their website at

We make Wreaths here at The Camellia, hand-made signs, Custom Floral arrangements, and also sell Dried Flowers, some of which we grow in our Garden in the Summer. 

person holding a dried flower bouquet

Eucalyptus Plant Spa package

dried Bunny Tails bundles
These are a selection of the Bunny Tails which we grew, and we also sell them Bleached. Buy here:

bleached dried Oats

Bleached Oat bundle ( shown in photo above). 

Lavender Mother's Day Spa package

Our Neob luxury Lavender Gift set. Lavender is known to promote relaxation and sleep, and to help reduce anxiety. We carry products which are produced in small batches at Neob Lavender in Niagara on the Lake, Napa Soap company in St. Helena, Silly Goats Farm products, and more. Buy here:

Burgundy peony wreath

This is 'Our beautiful moments' Wreath - Buy here: $79.95 + hst. We offer delivery services in Thunder Bay and surrounds. 

Hand painted sign The Camellia

These are some of our Hand-painted signs, we do custom orders if you are looking for a particular saying. 

Hand painted sign The Camellia

custom floral design the Camellia

reading pillow

This Reading Pillow by Clara Clark is a must for anyone who likes to read in bed, or is recovering from surgery. This is a wonderful Mother's Day Gift. This Reading Pillow in unlike any back pillow you've tried before. It is sturdy and fully supportive (filled with high-density memory foam), our bed backrest is 31" high, and will support and cradle your entire body while you read in bed, play video games or watch TV. Buy here:

Magnolia table Cookbook on black ash plank

hanging fuschia basket at The Camellia

Last, but not least, we will have locally grown, Hanging baskets for Mother's Day Gift delivery. Phone us to reserve 1 for your Mom or Grandma. 
Phone 807-475-3551, The Camellia, 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario

Friday, April 22, 2022

Happy Earth Day 2022, The Camellia, Thunder Bay, On

hands holding a globe with mask

It's Earth Day today, every year on April 22nd., Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. No-one can deny that climate change is happening, and that we all have to do our part to protect our Earth. 

mauve poppies in field

Some places are experiencing floods, while other places have problems with droughts. We all love looking at beautiful places, like this lovely meadow of Flowers, and we all have to do what we can to ensure that the Earth remains a beautiful place to live, for generations to come. 

Here at The Camellia,  we sell Cottage Paint, which you can use to redo old Furniture, saving that Furniture from being dumped in the landfill. Learn more about Cottage Paint by watching this video: Cottage Paint is a special blend of clay, chalk, and mineral paint for Furniture, with low voc's ( not much smell), and water-based. See below the steps of  how-to-do a 2 colour distressed finish, on a piece of Furniture.  

2 colour distress Cottage paint

2 colour distress Cottage paint

2 colour distress Cottage paint

2 colour distress Cottage paint

2 colour distress Cottage paint

2 colour distress Cottage paint

Come visit us here at the Camellia, to purchase Cottage Paint, and to take How-to Classes. 
You can view all the colours online on our website at

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

a tree in hand- pexels-akil-mazumder

Planting trees is a good idea, as Trees help renew the Earth. Locally in Thunder Bay, you can purchase seedlings online at Lakehead Region Conservation Authority.
Seedlings are White spruce, Black spruce, & Jack pine, and are $10.00+hst. for a bundle. 
Pick-up Day is Wed. May 18th. at 130, Conservation Rd. Thunder Bay.  

Visit us here at the Camellia, at 30, Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, Ontario.
Open Wed. through Sunday