Wednesday, March 30

Portrait of a camellia


 Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett



22 comments:

  1. Beautiful, it's a good Camellia year !

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  2. Beautiful. I love camellias, they always look too exotic to be out at this time of year. One of my favourite spring flowers. I have a tiny white one in the front garden that's doing surprisingly well. Wonderful glossy foliage too, that's part of the charm I think.

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    1. We have a pale pink one, CJ, that Martyn pruned severely a couple of years ago that looks as though it will flower this year.

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  3. Oh my-that's pretty!

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  4. Very pretty Sue, I'm thinking of a small one in a pot x

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    1. I'm sure it would look lovely, Jo. Now is a good tome to buy when you can see the flowers on the plant

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  5. I love the dark glossy leaves but the flower colour is really lovely too.

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    1. It's a really good all year round plant, Jo

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  6. Your Camellia is looking good Sue, other than the cushion scale problem I have at the moment mine are generally good, a large white one I have, unaffected by scale, which was covered in flower last year has not one solitary bud on it. I have often read that they need plenty of moisture at the end of summer for the flower buds to develop which I am putting it down to as the best part of the summer season was the dry spell we had from very late August onward.

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    1. I read the same thing, Rick but we never water ours. This particular plant was cut back really hard a few years ago and is now back to full flowering strength.

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  7. Well done for persevering with camillias. I'm afraid I don't bother - 9 years out of ten the blooms get frosted and turn brown and horrible before they are at their best.

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    1. We seem to get away with it here, Jayne

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  8. I am envious as there is no way we would be able to grow these. Yours look very lush.

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    1. It is Alain. It is about 8 feet high and 6 feet across and covered in flowers this year.

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  9. Lovely! I have almost no flowers on one as I did a Martyn on it last year. The other one, due for a 'Martyn' this year seems to either be very late or has no bloom.
    Such an exotic burst of colour in early Spring!

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    1. It took him a while to persuade me to agree to him doing it, Deborah but it seems to have worked out well in the end. Our other plant doesn't flower until after this one. It has smaller more elongated leaves. The flower buds are pointed rather than round like this one so it is a different type.

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  10. Lovely - a shame they don't overwinter here.

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