A few days ago I found myself reading a 1982 article by Dr Clifford Parks about hybrids of Camellia sasanqua. I was looking up the background to C. ‘Snow Flurry’, an Ackerman cross with C. oleifera, one he was to repeat many times. Perhaps the most interesting cross that Parks mentioned was one he made … Continue reading A new addition.
Is it the right time to go up to the park to see the sasanquas? Well, no, not quite yet. I found eight varieties in flower today but most only just beginning with a handful of blooms. Give it another three or four weeks. Here are the first four, clockwise from top left 'Hugh Evans' … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2019 – 2
I had got it into my head that in previous years the first sasanquas had appeared towards the end of October so when I saw the first flowers today I thought it was an exceptionally early season. As it turns out, I have posted articles about the earliest blooms on 11th October in 2018 and … Continue reading Sasanqua season 2019
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
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
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
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