I finally managed to devote one of my volunteer days to engraving labels and last week I had the pleasure of attaching some of them to the plants. Some were to replace lost or broken labels, many were replacements for existing labels that over the last few years I had concluded were wrong. It isn't … Continue reading A Camellia, by any other name….
I promise this will be my last word on the subject. I have been back up to the park again today specifically to scrutinise these two varieties minutely. A dog walker passed by, couldn't contain her curiosity and asked me what I was doing. I bet she wished she'd never asked. I have homed in … Continue reading Identity issues, ‘Setsugekka’ and ‘Kenkyô’ – Part two.
Mt Edgcumbe has two plants of Camellia sasanqua 'Setsugekka' and one of 'Kenkyo', or does it? In section 3C are two plants which are labelled C. sasanqua 'Setsugekka'. According to the collection records both came from Stonehurst Nursery and were planted in 2003. In early March 2018 a large tree fell on top of one … Continue reading Identity issues, ‘Setsugekka’ and ‘Kenkyo’
New Camellias tend to slip quietly onto the market, appearing first in specialist nurseries before making it into mainstream garden centres, presumably after the wholesale sector has adopted them and produced them in large numbers. Camellia ‘1001 Summer Nights' Jasmine has been available for a year or two but this year’s September Chelsea Flower Show … Continue reading Camellia ‘1001 Summer Nights’ Jasmine
I would like to make it clear that I do not grow or supply plants or propagation material. I am simply a Camellia enthusiast writing about Camellias. I may be able to advise about availability in the UK but I do not know what is available elsewhere.
The RHS Early Camellia Competition takes place at Rosemoor this coming weekend so I was interested to see whether there was anything at Mt Edgcumbe to suggest that anyone might have blooms to exhibit. I didn't find any that were really show quality but at least there were a few putting on a bit … Continue reading Aftermath of the Beast
Yesterday, wanting a change from Mt Edgcumbe, I paid a visit to Trewithen. The garden is closed now for the season, reopening March 1st 2018, but head gardener Gary kindly let me loose with my camera. Part of the reason that the winter flowering camellias are not so well known is that many of the … Continue reading Sasanqua season – 3
Sunday took me to the other side of Devon, to the garden of a camellia enthusiast with a particular liking for scented blooms. Outside of the National Collection it was certainly the biggest range of autumn/winter flowering camellias I have seen in one place. Some were varieties I was familiar with, some varieties I knew … Continue reading Sasanqua season – 2
I almost missed it, but today, in my greenhouse, I spotted my first camellia flower of the 2017/18 season. Camellia sinensis 'Benibana-cha', flowering on a scruffy little plant about a foot tall that has been in the same 2 litre pot for several years. It has plenty of buds to come but sadly its new growth … Continue reading First of the season.
There is a plant in Area 1G labelled 'Dainty'. All the above blooms were photographed on the same occasion. They are not the full extent of its repertoire. The name 'Dainty' has been used for at least three different varieties and this one should correctly be 'Dainty' (California). It was selected as a sport of … Continue reading Tricoloured trials.