Camellia ‘Debbie’

Camellia x williamsii cultivar, Debbie, with full peony-form, cerise pink flowers borne early- to mid- spring. Growing up to 3m by 2m spread but can be more compact. Photographed at RHS Wisley, 24th March 2013.

Sunshine at RHS Wisley (Part II)

Unexpected sunshine, after days of rain, this Tuesday afternoon at the RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey. Highlights - Camellias of course and notably the huge flowers of Camellia x williamsii Muskoka AGM; the suede undersides (indumentum) to the rounded leaves of of Rhododendron mallotum; flaking bark from Acer griseum and both colour and graphic…

Sunshine at RHS Wisley, Surrey (Part I)

Unexpected sunshine this afternoon at the RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey. More than a whiff of spring, with plenty of colourful bulbs coming through (the crocus especially), some stunning camellias and the odd rhododendron too. Hellebores are still going strong, the Alpine House as usual, is captivating. Old favourites - Edgworthia chrysantha and the…

RHS London Plant & Design Show 2013

A delightful afternoon at the RHS London Plant & Design Show, with hellebores, snowdrops, iris and all manner of plants for the spring garden shown off in typically fine form by the exhibitors. Mike Parks was there for books (very glad I took a rucksack), Implementations with their copper gardening tools (I am saying nothing..),…

Camellia japonica ‘Sylva’

A strong and upright shrub, photographed here at Wisley last year (15th March), with glossy dark green leaves, profusely bearing large, single, crimson-red flowers, with prominent golden-yellow stamens. Early blooming. Camellias are elegant shrubs for a border or woodland garden; they also make excellent specimen plants, both outdoors in open ground and preferring ericaceous compost,…

Camellias

Time to visit Chiswick House I think, their camellia collection in the glasshouse ought to be coming into flower. Built in the 1830's by the Duke of Devonshire, at a once world record beating 300' long, the recently renovated greenhouse houses a unique collection of camellias - all but one planted between 1830 and 1850.…