I am in the process of compiling galleries of images of camellias that I have taken over several years, mostly in Cornwall where I live and where four of the five National Collections of Camellias are located.

When that is complete I intend to create pages of similar varieties as an aid to identification.

It would be great if I could include information about flower size, foliage, flowering time, garden performance and so on, but that is for later.

I would also like to make recommendations for varieties for different purposes.

Alongside that I intend to blog about camellia related issues as they arise. Some of the blog entries I intend to expand on as articles.

I have had the website jimscamellias.co.uk for some years but am no longer maintaining it. All the content will be transferred to this site in due course.

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  1. Dear Mr. Stephens,
    As an enthusiastic amateur with Camellias, I just want to express thanks for your photographic collection of these wonderful plants. I frequently use it for reference, together with the ICS Register. It’s a pity that we live so far from Mt. Edgcumbe – and, indeed, that I have to continue to work full time into my 70s – albeit with a contract gardening partnership!
    Please keep up the good work!
    Adrian House


    • Thank you! It’s very pleasing to me that what I essentially do for pleasure is of use to others. I am very aware that I am fortunate indeed to be retired and have the health and resources to do what I do at Mount Edgcumbe. I hope to be able to do so for a few years yet, it’s not a task with an end in sight.


  2. Hi Jim,
    Always a delight to dip into your fund of knowledge. Beautiful pictures and such a valuable reference website. Koto-no-Kaori has the most delightful perfume. Minus 5C here today everything solid. Roll on spring. Looking forward to next years visit. Keep up your good work. Seasons greetings.
    Kind regards,
    Mike Timberlake


  3. Hello Jim,
    Thank you for investing so much of your precious time in the making of this online enclopaedia.
    Your photo gallery is a delight to visit and the information is overwhelming. Since moving to France (Correze), I have fallen in love with them – they brighten up the winter garden with their luscious flowers. I own the Encyclopaedia written by Jennifer Trehane, thinking I could identify my amateur collection of 18 camellia’s, not knowing that there were so many. I still have not identified all of them and hope to do so with your photo’s.


  4. Hallo Jim,

    have you ever come across ‘Queen Victoria’? An orangery in East Germany got Prince Albert and are now looking for Queen Victoria. It is an English cultivar. Do you think it is possible to find a nursery who sells this camellia?



  5. I haven’t come across the variety ‘Queen Victoria’. I see from the Register entry that it has many synonyms, but none is familiar. I cannot find any indication that it is in commerce either. It might be in a collection somewhere so it might be worth posting an enquiry on the RCM Facebook page, see if anyone else has come across it. I’d be happy to try and propagate it, not least to get a plant for the Mt Edgcumbe collection.


  6. Hey Jim,

    I would love to use one of your photos for the American Camellia Society’s quarterly journal. May I contact you by email? Please reply. I would love you use a high resolution photo of ‘Crimson Robe’. Thank you, Celeste M. Richard


  7. Hi Jim,
    Love your work so far, it’s been really helpful to select camellia varieties for my garden. I now have some 70 named varieties growing. I’m in Tasmania the most southern state of Australia, ideal for growing cold climate plants. Thanks again Rob


  8. Hi Jim,
    Thank you for your fabulous camellia site!

    Could I please, use your lovely photo of Camellia ‘Phyl Doag’ – https://jimscamellias.com/camellia-galleries/camellias-p/phyl-doak/ – for a file that I have just started on Dave’s Garden. It would have the first prime spot, and I would accredit you as the photographer – https://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/251199/

    I would need a high resolution/original size photo so that I can enter a size 800 x 800 photo to fill that spot.

    We also have a Mt Edgcumbe here in NZ, but it is not your one with the camellias growing on it!

    Thank you,
    Annette (RosinaBloom)


  9. Dear Jim and Luise

    Concerning ‘Queen Victoria’
    If you want, I can help you with a litho of this cultivar.
    Greetings from Flanders/Belgium.


  10. Hi Jim, what a great website! I live in the South East of UK on well manured, neutral clay and started purchasing Camellia Sasanquas about 4 years ago. I only have a relatively small garden but have managed to squeeze in a `Yume’ (possibly my favourite), an `Elfin Rose’ (in a pot trained as an espalier), and a `Narumigata’ (currently planted against a 6′ fence). It is the latter I wanted your advice on. I wonder whether I should lift the `Narumigata and pot it up for a position on my SW facing terrace – my 6′ fence runs only 18″ from a path and I’m concerned as to whether there is enough space for it in its current position, and whether it could be susceptible to cold spring winds once it grows beyond 6′ high? I know you dont provide an advisory service as such but would be most grateful for your opinion.
    Also, I would love to squeeze another Sasanqua into my borders which are sun/semi shade, but it would need to be very compact, upright growing and no higher than 6′ or so. Temperatures here rarely drop below -6C. Do you have any recommendations?
    Kind regards

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    • I’m not a big fan of growing Camellias in pots, even though I have quite a few myself. They eventually seem to run out of steam and end up looking unhappy and not flowering well, in my experience, unless you are able to keep potting them on into bigger and bigger pots. I would keep the ‘Narumigata’ in the ground, tie its branches back against the fence and take off any branches that stick too far forward if they can’t be tied in. If it gets a fair bit of sun it will help keep it compact but ‘Narumigata’ is a big and spreading variety naturally.
      I’m short of ideas for another compact growing sasanqua, the two that spring to mind are ‘Paradise Little Liane’ and ‘Yuletide’ but neither are reliable flowerers in my limited experience with them. I have ‘Navajo’, ‘Cleopatra’ and ‘Paradise Belinda’ and while they are all capable of growing over 6′, I won’t allow them to as they are in front of windows. If ind that in full sun you can prune quite hard after flowering and still get plenty of bud set on the new growth.


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