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Camellia x Williamsii Spring Festival — 34 Comments

  1. It’s not been a good year for the Camellias. All mine are planted to ensure they don’t get early sun too but somehow most of them managed to get caught!
    You’ve got yourself a nice collection there Alistair. Spring Festival is a nice one but I also like Lady Campbell.

  2. Lady Campbell is the colour of the Japanese quince I left behind. My cuttings didn’t take. Have just planted a coral aloe – we’ll see what colour those flowers come out, altho the coral-edged leaves make it a delightful plant to have in my new garden.

  3. Hi Alistair, I love Camellias but suffer from the same problems you do with frost, I have several planted in different parts of the garden and they were all damaged along with Pieris, Rhododendron and worse still all the new foliage on my Hydrangea aspera.

    • Rick, Our Pieris was also badly damaged, strangest thing we had less damage in Aberdeen where it is colder. Perhaps the longer periods of warm weather here in April makes them more susceptible to damage even when the frost is light.

  4. Hi Alistair, I just love camellias, in all colours and shapes, Debbie is on my wish list for when I get a bigger garden. But having had a very big and mature camellia for the last 13 years I must admit I can’t really see how you can put a camellia ANYWHERE where it won’t catch morning sun, unless you place it against the west facing wall of your house, anywhere else out in the garden and a 6-8 ft camellia will catch sun on one part in the morning, no matter what – like mine does – at least eventually.
    I normally deadhead mine a couple of times through the flowering period, which usually takes about 3 months, and get rid of anything frost damaged. Mind you, when I say deadhead it’s not your usual picking or snipping – I take a good grip and give it a vigorous shake, then I brush my whole arm through the branches up and down a couple of times. That usually removes most of what’s dead and dying. With thousands of flowers I can afford to lose a few not ready to drop too! I will miss my grand old lady when I move, no way could I take it with me, it will be left for the next tenant to enjoy 🙂

    • A mature Camellia such as your one is another story Helene. West facing is best although many do well in a North facing position. I did see a number of those really early flowering ones here, in February looking pretty good.

  5. I love Camellias and wish they would grow in my area. Sadly, no. I never changed my WP account and have not had issues. I guess reading of other that have kept me under the .com umbrella.

  6. Beautiful camellias Alistair! And I looked up ericaceous so now I know that means acidic. (Right?) Seems to be an often-used term in Britain but not so much here. Remarkable we can communicate at all don’t you think? I see you are getting your English garden in hand, as I knew you would. Your camellias are all thriving. I only have one, C. sassanqua “Setsugekka”– which I like for it’s pretty almost winter single white blooms and it’s fragrance. I would kind of like a red one. Lots of good information in this post.

  7. Shame about the frost, but that pink looks lovely against the green of the woodwork. I was wondering about trying a white winter flowering camellia in my garden, but I have neutral, almost alkaline soil, so that was a non-starter!

    Glad you found a host you feel happy with, for future reference I have started using TSOHost, who do very reasonably packaged hosting, particularly if you don’t need oodles of disk space, and do transfers for free.

    • Hi Janet, yes the leaves tend to turn yellow when the soil is on the alkaline side. I will really only know at the end of the month if this problem with the bandwidth is sorted out.

  8. My love of variegation in leaves must extend to flowers, too, as I was immediately smitten with the Comtessa! Camellias do well in our acid soil, as long as they are properly planted. As you said, some take a while before they start flowering. I also really like your Lady Campbell.

  9. What a beautiful camellia! I love that Lady Campbell too! That is one of the things I really miss about living down south, all the camellias in the area blooming and the petals falling to form pretty carpets under the bushes. Very few camellias are hardy where I live now. (In fact I have yet to see one up here.) Good thing to know about the morning sun if I ever do find a nice, hardy camellia, though! I hope your website is working well now for you!

  10. I am not a big fan of camellias in my garden but this is just because they don’t grow in my soil and climate. On the other hand I love them in other people’s gardens, with those odd flowers that look eternal and so fragile at the same time. Contessa Lavinia Maggi is really beautiful!

  11. Hi Alastair, it’s interesting to read how you are getting to know your new garden. I find when a camellia is happy, it flowers predictably and on and on through the years. I have one that was here when we moved in, and it’s still going strong. glad you sorted out the technical hitch with your site. I hate all that sort of stuff, but technology keeps changing, and I suppose we have to try to keep up.

  12. Glad you found a solution for your blog issues Alisitair…these can be so irritating. Love Camellias although never see them around here…way too cold for these beauties. Our spring turned to summer and now to fall…hoping we can get some smoother weather for the garden. Hope not much damage was done by the light frost. We are in for the same here tonight after weeks in the high 80s.

  13. Love your beautiful camellia, Alistair. This climate is too cold, unfortunately. You seem to be getting to know your new garden and its conditions well. After all these years, I still find I have a plant in the wrong place sometimes. P. x

  14. Hello Alistair, it looks like you’ve been lucky with your Camellias this year. We had early warm weather – which prompted our Camellias to flower – followed by a frost-snap, which ruined the flowers and caused many of the buds to fall off. It hit some early magnolias too. It was very frustrating and it wasn’t just us affected. I guess with early flowering plants that are sensitive like this, you win some, you loose some; at least the display last year was stunning.

  15. The flowers are pretty but I haven’t a clue about the blog and bandwidth. I thought you were working up to saying you will be moving your blog to a new site – but seemsnot (?).
    My hosta is in full leaf (my one and only hosta). Whenever I see it I think of you!
    P.S. The booklist is there now.

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