Seriously though, I just moved a sizeable camellia sasanqua 'Tanya' from my allotment to my garden. Here’s how it went. We had a good drop of rain a few days ago. I gave it a couple of days to drain away, but a reasonable amount of water in the soil is essential and it is … Continue reading I moved a plant.
Author: Jim Stephens
I grow a camellia under the name Camellia japonica 'Campsii Alba'. It is the same as one in Moyclare Garden in Liskeard that is known by the same name. It also matches two of the three plants under that name in the Mount Edgcumbe collection. (5B-004 & 5C-003) The third plant in the collection (5D-004) … Continue reading ID time
Sasanqua season 2018 – 4
I made it back to Mt Edgcumbe on Tuesday after a three week absence to find that the sasanqua season there is all but over. On the other hand, there was a fair smattering of other things flowering and I ended up taking quite a lot of photos. The sasanqua x reticulata hybrids are moving … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2018 – 4
Sasanqua season 2018 – 3
In my last post I waxed lyrical about how well two of the five bushes of Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ had performed this year, with larger and fuller blooms than usual. What I failed to mention was that the other three had produced entirely average displays, with normal numbers of normal sized blooms. Some plants … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2018 – 3
Sasanqua season 2018 – 2
I'd missed a week when I visited Mt. Edgcumbe on Tuesday and things had moved on a bit, lots more was in flower. First up was 'Hugh Evans' (1G-046) and it was immediately obvious that this is going to be a good year for at least some plants. The blooms on this bush are bigger … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2018 – 2
Sasanqua season 2018
Looking back I see that my first post on sasanquas last year was on October 11 as well, so this year is pretty much in step with last, in spite of the Beast from the East and a prolonged drought. I was at Mt Edgcumbe on Tuesday and having missed a week, was keen to … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2018
There are two plants labelled Camellia japonica 'Martha Brice' in the Mt Edgcumbe collection, one in Australian Section 4C, the other in American Section 1E. They are quite different so at least one must be labelled incorrectly. I have concluded that it is the one in Area 4C that is correct, in spite of 'Martha … Continue reading Martha Brice.
Never say die.
Sometime around mid July last year a very large beech tree came down in section 1L, making a mess of a number of the camellias in the section. It was several weeks before the tree was completely cleared and the damage could be properly assessed. At that time I noted that 8 were damaged but … Continue reading Never say die.
You looked? Well look again.
My note for 1G-006 'Blood of China' is short and to the point, it should be solid red and is bicolored. It's wrongly labelled, job done, move on, don't need to look at that again. Well today I looked a little closer. What I saw was that there are bicolored flowers, almost solid red versions … Continue reading You looked? Well look again.
Of Clouds and Silver Linings
I headed up to Mount Edgcumbe this morning, it being Tuesday. It was cloudy but dry when I set out. The Rame Peninsular, occupied at its eastern end by the Edgcumbe Estate, has its own climate. This morning it was 50m visibility fog, with a drizzle that was getting steadily heavier. I stayed an hour, … Continue reading Of Clouds and Silver Linings