Mt. Edgcumbe update – Identification issues – 12/3/2023

When I was at the park on Friday, I cut a couple of shoots from 2C-003 Camellia japonica 'Blackburniana' and a couple from 5C-002 Camellia japonica 'Adolphe Audusson', put them in a bag and brought them home. There are two plants in section 2C labelled 'Blackburniana' and they are completely different. The other one, 2C-004, … Continue reading Mt. Edgcumbe update – Identification issues – 12/3/2023


Most visitors to Mt Edgcumbe will start at the top of the collection and work their way down. This will take them along the level path known as the Earl's Drive, along both sides of which are planted camellias. One of the most prominent of these, in section 5A, not quite at the path edge … Continue reading Masayoshi


Plant Heritage is the organisation that oversees the business of National Collections and as part of that they provide an online database system onto which collection holders can put the records of their collection. It's called Persephone. Their earlier database system was called Demeter. Cultured lot, Plant Heritage. As far as the Mt Edgcumbe collection … Continue reading Persephone


I have been up to Mt Edgcumbe only a handful of times since mid March. It just didn’t seem to be the right thing to do, whether or not it would have been legitimate under the lockdown rules. Yesterday I spent the morning up there, wandering round the collection to take stock of how things … Continue reading Survivors


For several weeks I have been putting the records of the Mt. Edgcumbe camellia collection onto the online database system that Plant Heritage use. It has meant I have been revisiting issues that came up when I first became involved with the collection but had set aside because I was getting nowhere. I was putting … Continue reading Dynasties