Six on Saturday – 17/11/2018

At this time of year the “six things happening in the garden now” gets trickier. The things that are happening here are less obvious, less interesting and less attractive. It becomes the silk purse from sow’s ear challenge. Right, excuses made, what have we got.

One.
Fuchsia ‘Cornish Pixie’. Well, allegedly that’s what it is. It’s one of the encliandra group of Fuchsias, with tiny flowers, but to my jaded eye, is identical to F. x bacillaris and F. microphylla which we also grow. We planted a row of them in the front garden as a low informal hedge between us and next door. Unlike the ones in the back garden, they were undamaged by the frost a couple of weeks back and are looking great.

Two.
Violas. We’ve found the winter flowering violas to be as good as anything for winter bedding so I picked up a few the other day and planted up a couple of pots. This one had begonias in it, which I have lifted and will keep as corms until spring. There were a few vine weevil grubs so I replaced the top few inches of compost in the pots with the stuff the tomatoes had been in.

Three.
Hak. mac. of the week. Well two in fact. The first Hakonechloa macra form I grew was one I bought from a little nursery in Devon. If it ever had a name I soon lost it. Somehow or other I settled on H. macra ‘Mediovariegata’ as being what it should be called. Many years later I obtained H. macra ‘Albostriata’ and have now been growing both in the same bed for several years. They are very, very, very similar, but I don’t think they are the same. The sort of differences that are visible when you grow them side by side but would really struggle to describe or quantify in words. Does it really matter? Well, one of the main reasons I grow them is for the colour they provide mid winter and ‘Mediovariegata’ has always been outstanding. I was away last year and missed them, the year before ‘Albostriata’ was still quite small. If there was a real difference you’d want to know which was the best one.

Four.
Skimmia japonica ‘Bowles Dwarf Female’. Skimmia’s seem rather dull and old fashioned to me but are still valuable for providing winter colour and scent. They merge into the background in the summer and come to the fore in autumn. This one, like most of the females, is not self fertile. We grow S. japonica ‘Rubella’, a male, but while it is a good flowerer, it is not a great pollinator. It (He?) seems to have done the biz this year to a degree. This is a painfully slow grower, it’s about a foot high and wide after probably at least ten years.
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Five.
Amaryllis belladonna. I was really looking forward to these surpassing themselves this year. In a summer like we had, there were bound to be winners and losers; it seemed a dead cert this would be a winner. Wrong. Not a single bloom. My other clump, which flowers earlier, had just two. Too dry presumably, especially with the competition from Hedychium, Hypericum and assorted weeds that you can see in the photo.
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Six.
Neighbours, families and health issues are an inescapable part of the fabric of life and you want them to tick away in the background, not take centre stage. Not this week. One of my neighbours, whose garden backs onto ours, wants to replace the boundary hedge with a fence. It’s an old field boundary. In Cornwall they build soil banks, sometimes stone faced, with a hedge of whatever turns up on top, and call the whole thing a hedge. This one has very little stone and a hedge of beech, hazel, sycamore, blackthorn, hawthorn, ivy and brambles. The neighbour has been nibbling away at their side so the plants are getting thin and the whole thing will eventually collapse. I’d rather not have to cut it and the time will come when I’m unable to, so I’m OK about it going. I am prepared to go halves on the cost, even though they are the ones who have turned it into a problem. I think she may have other ideas. I see trouble ahead.

The saddest thing about the last picture is that the orange pot contains a plant (Dacrydium cupressinum) that died last winter and is still hanging around. I’m hanging my head in shame. Leaf mould in the bags, to go over my dahlias in the ground.

Right, lets get this posted and think about lunch. There’ll be links to many more sixers from The Propagator’s post. Talking of whom, one of my six was to have been about composting… next week perhaps.

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Six on Saturday – 10/11/2018

This morning’s alarm clock was a massive clap of thunder at 5:30, followed by a burst of tropical strength rain. Looks like that’s going to be the pattern for the day, so not really gardening weather. Hopefully there’ll be lots of sixes so I can indulge in some armchair gardening.

The frost last week dramatically reduced the amount of flower in our garden. It’s had the effect of producing a much sharper seasonal change than I’ve become used to. What’s left is foliage, the evergreens and the deciduous things that die well. That’s reflected in my six this week, three good diers, two evergreens and a flower.

One.
Molinia caerulea ‘Heidebraut’. A form of purple moor grass. It’s only now that it has gone straw coloured that it stands out at all well from its background of Muehlenbeckia astonii. Bodmin Moor, just up the road, is covered in purple moor grass and I’m not seeing a big difference between this one and a lot of the moorland ones. I’ve often bemoaned how few flowers there are on the moors, at least partly because of over-grazing, but purple moor grass isn’t a good thing either according to an article I read recently. Can’t remember why now. In the garden this one needs watering a lot, especially in a summer like this one.
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Two.
Hak mac. That’s the Prop’s abbreviation for Hakonechloa macra. I’m a keen member of the Hak mac appreciation society, a hak mac fan boy in the modern vernacular. This one is Hak. mac. ‘Aureola’, which is the most widely grown form in my experience. And why not, it’s brightly coloured and makes a neat arching mound that dies well and stays bright well into winter. Then you clean it all away and start afresh next year. The leaves from my purple maple have turned red, dropped and are shrivelling and turning brown; an all too fleeting splash of colour.
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Three.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Early Sensation’. This hydrangea has flowered but after weeks of drought it did so grudgingly and was passed over for inclusion as a Saturday item. It’s decided to make a bit of a belated effort and produced some quite nice autumn colour.
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Four.
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Elizabeth’. This got an outing in July 2017 but it’s still there so I’m doing it again. This is probably 8m or so tall now and I have been gradually raising its crown so it has probably now crossed the grey zone between shrubs and trees. It’s shed a lot of leaves this year and is looking sparse compared to years past. Hopefully it will recover next spring. Cold weather causes the pink colouring of the leaf margins to deepen.

Five.
Coprosma repens variety unknown. There are quite a few varieties of this about and I don’t remember what this is called. They’re border line hardy with us but seem to fare best if kept in pots and fed very sparingly so that they are really toughened up. This variety has really deepened in colour in the last few weeks and combined with the glossiness of the leaves is one of the best plants I have for colour right now.
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Six.
Camellia ‘Winter’s Fire’. This is a young plant that is flowering in my tunnel now. I have no plans to plant it out at present. It’s one raised in America by Dr. William L. Ackerman, who was a research geneticist at the US National Arboretum. I just bought his book, it was available second hand on Amazon for £4.99. What I got was an apparently brand new book, signed by the author and with a jacket price of $39.95. It’s really interesting, really authoritative and refreshingly readable. He wanted to extend the area in which Camellias could be grown by breeding hardier varieties such as this one.

That’s yer lot. The Prop is back from his transatlantic jaunt I see, in time to play host to this weeks crop of SoS’ers from around the world. Here’s the link: ♠ ♣ ♠ ♣ ♠ ♣

Six on Saturday – 3/11/2018

Well, that was a week that was. The thermometer hit -3°C on Monday night. My Dahlias were blackened, top to bottom, just like it says in the books. In ten years or more of growing Dahlias, it’s the first time I’ve cut them down after they’ve been frosted. In previous years I’ve just picked a moment when I got sick of looking at them getting tattier. Fuchsias aren’t looking too clever either, though I did manage to get the non-hardies under cover so they’re fine.

I’ve often thought how nice it would be to have a nice clear line to demarcate the seasons; I’ve changed my mind, it isn’t nice at all; flowery one day, mushy and malodorous the next.

One.
Moving swiftly on. I started the week with destruction, felling a pine tree that we didn’t think was earning its keep. It was up against a thorn tree and completely one sided, too near to the conservatory, impossible to grow anything under it and it never grew like the picture in the book that made me want it in the first place. That’s my set of justifications for getting rid of it. Oh, one more; it’s my garden and I’ll do as I please. The idea was to plant another winter flowering Camellia there. so we could enjoy it in winter from inside the house. I think I’ve changed my mind about which Camellia, it’s likely to be ‘Show Girl’ not ‘Tanya’, which was lovely, but not for long enough. RIP Pinus koraiensis ‘Siver Ray’.

Two.
Trees for small gardens has been a mainstay subject for garden club talks and magazine articles since gardening began. The Propagator himself, no less, posed the question on Twitter in the week. I suggested bamboo, as I often do. Trees that never get very big tend to be very slow, often shrubs really, that become trees eventually. Most trees are deciduous or if evergreen, profoundly dull. Most trees will at best give you flower and fruit, perhaps autumn colour; they are “doing their thing” for only a few weeks a year. My bamboo is evergreen, with light green leaves on bright yellow stems. It had reached its present height of about 4.5m within four years of planting and will never get taller. It has spread to cover around 3 x 1m in fifteen years or more but could easily have been kept to a much smaller area. It needs thinning, which will yield me usable canes, let light and wind through and show off the stems better. I can think of two downsides, an unpronounceable name, Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ and a high price for a half decent plant. Beware cheap bamboos, they’re the spreading ones that produce lots of propagation material.
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Three.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Little Liane’. I have three sasanquas out the front of the house. Just behind them, at the foot of the front wall of the house, are potted Agaves, Sempervivums, Echeverias and Aloes. In front of them is Chamaerops and Yucca. Sun lovers all. There are plants of this Camellia at Mt Edgcumbe and Trewithen, both in shade, neither ever flower. I was at a talk about woodland gardens last weekend, where sasanquas were being talked of as woodland plants. Some might be OK, most will do better in sun and some demand it. ‘Little Liane’ is small, with very small leaves. It’d be good in a pot if you didn’t have acid soil and could find a nursery that sold it.
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Four.
Both of our neighbouring houses are empty so I was able to stand in one neighbour’s garden and take a picture pointing the camera at the other neighbour’s front window. I may not get such opportunities for much longer. Our Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ is flowering again and the European fan palm, Chamaerops humilis, ain’t looking too shabby either. Camellia ‘Little Liane’ is at bottom right.
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Five.
I am inordinately fond of Hakone grass in its various forms. They’re elegant, often colourful, not invasive, by seed or runners and tolerate shade. The best thing about them is their autumn and winter colour. This one is Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicholas’, the first to start to turn colour. I have it in a pot at the back of the conservatory where it gets no direct sun but is doing a fine job of brightening a dull spot. I pulled it out into the sun to take its picture and it looks even better, but I have lots that get some sun and it’s back where it was.

Six.
Most of the hardy Fuchsias in the garden had both foliage and flowers turned to mush by the frost on Monday. One that I was surprised to see come through relatively unscathed was ‘Lady in Black’. This is very like ‘Lady Boothby’, widely marketed as the climbing Fuchsia, perhaps with a darker corolla. If we get nothing colder than we’ve had so far, I’m hopeful it will not get badly damaged over the winter and will cover this panel of my archway next season.
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Yesterday morning, at 8:22, I took a picture from upstairs and reckoned that if you’d marked around the shadow cast by our house, you’d have outlined our back garden. All around was sun, within was shadow. Things did improve as the day went on, but in general, it’s a much shadier garden in winter than summer. Cornwall might be the mildest part of the UK but I still look forward to the days getting longer again.
I’ve cut down the Dahlias and some perennials that were finished, Muscari are coming up, tulips in pots are just about to break through. There will be Camellias.
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There will also be lots of lovely blog posts to read. As gardens shut down for winter it gets harder but I can’t wait to see what imagination and quirkiness bring to the table this year. Talking of which, I’m off to see what our host The Propagator has showcased this week and to follow all the links from there to the rest of the SoS community.

 

Six on Saturday – 27/10/2018

I’m going to be up at RHS Rosemoor today for a meeting of the Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group, a rare chance for me to talk Camellias all day with some of the select few who share my obsession. It was a Camellia that set off the train of thought that led to this six.

One.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Navajo’ to be specific. I planted it in full sun at the front of the house some years ago and it is now flowering freely. The autumn flowering varieties want much warmer and sunnier conditions than the spring flowering japonicas and williamsii’s, so I thought this would be the ideal place for it, and so it has proved. As it turns out, it’s also ideally sited for enjoying its display without venturing outside, which made me realise that winter flowering plants should ideally be easily visible from indoors. I sit in my armchair and only have to look up for a grand view of one of my favourite plants.

Inside, looking out; all I need is another five viewpoints and we’re done.

Two.
The room upstairs above the last view is a bedroom. You’d have to lean out a bit to see the front garden, this is not the view you’d get from sitting up in bed. There’s ‘Navajo’ again; Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’ is flowering again just above the Chamaerops palm. The roof to the left is our neighbour’s, as is all the garden between it and the hedge, which is his too. I say “his”, but he died a few weeks back and the house is empty. At bottom right is the porch outwith our front door.

Three.
Still at the front of the house, in the porch. We had this put on last year and with the sun shining on it and the front door open, it warms the house up lovely. To the right, at the top of the drive, is our seasonal flower display. We’re at the top end of a cul de sac so it’s better known in Mudgee and North Carolina than locally. On the left, under the ‘Navajo’ window, we group some of our succulent collection for the summer. The postman mostly goes the long way round now, it wasn’t always so. Agave montana is not to be trifled with. The original idea was to keep the porch itself clear of plants; that lasted about a week.


Four.

Should you ever visit us, you will be welcomed in that porch and would come into the house and through to the kitchen for the cup of tea you’ve just said yes to. Waiting for the kettle to boil, you might sidle over to the door and look out. Many years ago we replaced a cheap and nasty lean-to glasshouse on the back of the house with a Hartley lean-to. Basically it’s half a span of one of their commercial glasshouses, expensive for a glasshouse but a fraction of the cost of a proper conservatoire. It’s a glasshouse with vinyl on the floor. We can water with a watering can and not worry about the odd spill. In the afternoon the sun gets round the back of the house and it’s a pleasant place to have that cup of tea, surrounded by plants and looking out to the garden beyond its walls.
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Five.
We had an extension built and that also has a door out to the garden, the one through which we usually go, the one with the wellies parked beside it. There’s the lean-to glasshouse to the right again. The other glasshouse is my propagation, cucumber, chilli, fuchsia overwintering, vegetable raising house. Be careful on the decking, it’s very slippery. It’s the biggest clear space we have because the washing pole goes in that hole in the middle.
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Six.
Our bedroom runs the length of the extension upstairs and at the back we had glass doors fitted, with a metal railing outside. There are two chairs facing out which we don’t seem to use so much these days. It’s a great place to sit and look out over the garden, most of which can be seen from here. I subscribed to an End of Month View meme for a while, and this was a shot I took every month for two or three years. I just dug out one from the end of October 2015. You get to play spot the difference. Magnolia, gone; Oak tree, gone; Hazel, gone; bamboo, gone. At this time of year the house throws a long shadow over the garden which the camera struggles with more than my eyes. When it’s cloudy, the view just looks flat by comparison.

And that is the view from the inside. I’m not usually such a wuss but the cold and wet arrived rather suddenly and I haven’t adjusted yet. I haven’t put very much under cover either, which could be a problem if I’m back late today and it’s seriously cold overnight. All the while the wind keeps blowing we should be OK but Cornwall can catch you out; from most directions the wind is off the sea, which keeps the temperature up, from the northeast it isn’t, so a small shift in wind direction, or no wind, can mean trouble. It’ll be fine though. . . . .

Gotta go, should be gone in fact. Loadsa links on The Propagators post as ever.

Allotment update – 24/10/2018

My alloment is divided down the middle by a windbreak. Each half is further divided into two, creating four sections for my four year crop rotation. It happens that this year one side of the windbreak is almost empty, summer crops having been removed and nothing put in to replace them, while the other side is almost full.

On the empty side I have sown one bed with Italian Rye as a green manure, planted overwintering onions and mulched the rest. The green manure was sown late august and needed a couple of waterings to get it going. The plan is to cut it down in spring, cover it with Mypex to kill the grass, then plant into the undisturbed ground. I need to leave it as late as possible for maximum benefit but cover it early enough for the grass to be completely killed before I need the ground.

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Italian ryegrass two months from sowing. The enviromesh is over onions. The only other things here are carrots, parsnips and the remains of courgettes.

I want to perfect the use of green manures in a no dig scenario for a number of reasons: 1) I struggle to get enough organic matter to cover my whole plot with compost each year. 2)I think plant roots and especially grass roots, directly improve soil structure. 3)I think dense plant growth is the best possible protection for the soil surface in winter and the best reservoir for plant nutrients at risk of leaching, acting as a slow release nutrient source when it breaks down.
I sowed the same green manure crop a month or so later on a different piece of ground and it looks like it may have been too late, in that it is growing very slowly and seems unlikely to make a dense stand.

The mulch on the rest of the area has been a mix of fresh and composted material. When the two blocks of corn had finished I cut them down and shredded them, then spread it straight back where it had come from. Thus whatever nutrients had been taken from the ground got returned to the same place. Anything else available at the time, kitchen and garden waste, was mixed in and spread too. I then sprinkled a thin layer of compost over the top, mainly to keep it from drying out and blowing about.

I figure that if there is bare ground available, that is the best place to put the stuff that would normally go on the compost heap. There’s no loss of nutrients and all of the early stage breakdown involving worms and other invertebrates takes place where their activity will do the most good. Based on previous experience little will remain by spring, having either been incorporated into the soil by worms or broken down on the surface.

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Enviromesh over autumn planted onion sets and two areas mulched with fresh, shredded sweet corn, dahlias and kitchen waste.

The onions are the variety ‘Electric’, which another plotholder had done well with. It’s a red, autumn planted variety. I started them from sets in cells, as I do with spring sown onions. The sets were planted in cells on 19 Sept, then planted on the plot 15 Oct. I put fine mesh over them to trap a little warmth and divert a little rain. They are growing strongly so far.

At the other end of the plot I have a range of crops to supply us in winter. Brassicas dominate, cabbage, kale, kalettes and sprouting broccoli. Then there are leaks, perpetual spinach and celeriac. I need to grow more beetroot to stay in the ground for winter.

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L to R: Perpetual spinach, leeks, ‘Midnight Sun’ kale, ‘Rudolph’ purple sprouting broccoli.

I have a row of sorrel, grown as a perennial vegetable and used in salads, that I find is under constant assault by something that eats numerous small holes in its leaves. The bets approach seems to be to cut it to the ground and use the regrowth before it is attacked. By cutting down about a third of the row at a time I have been able to keep a supply of uneaten leaves going. I think a similar technique might work on perpetual spinach, maintaining a supply of good leaves for us to eat and grotty leaves for the compost heap.

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Sorrel, regrown after cutting and caper spurge, which I am growing because it is reputed to deter moles, which I am plagued by, presumably because I have lots of worms.

 

And finally, because I’m greedy and have two plots (there are more plots available, I’m not keeping anyone out), on my other plot I have things flowering.

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Camellia sasanqua ‘Tanya’ and battered but not beaten, my patch of seedling dahlias, both covered with bees and wasps in the sun this morning.

Six on Saturday – 20/10/2018

We’re in a nice benign spell of weather just now which is keeping the flowering going. Cold first thing but pleasant if you’re working or wrapped up. Long may it continue. Most things survived the recent gales, beaten down but not broken. I haven’t done a lot of patching up, it’ll mostly get chopped down in a few weeks time.
It’s the time of year for moving stuff around and several of my six concern plans to do just that.

One.
For a long time I’ve cropped and tweaked the pictures I use on here and saved them as SOS***.jpg. This one is SOS666.jpg. Just saying. Every time we pull into our drive, this group of plants is there to greet us. At the back is a shattered Salvia ‘Amistad’, at the front a wrecked Amarine. (which last very well as cut flowers it turns out). The pot of Begonias though is the best it’s been all year. Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to give due credit to anything still flowering its socks off mid October.
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Two.
Miscanthus ‘Ferne Osten’. In nursery days we did several Miscanthus forms and this was the best of them. In the garden though, it’s never fulfilled its promise. It always flops into an untidy tangle as it comes into flower, even this year when I thought the dryness might give it some backbone. I have Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ lined up as a replacement and I think I can find somewhere for ‘Ferne Osten’ where it may behave better.
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Three.
Zingiber mioga ‘Crûg Zing’. I bought this because a fully hardy ginger seemed exotic and the picture of the flower made it look quite showy. It has spread to form a really dense clump about four feet across and three tall. The flowers though are at ground level and if you can see them at all are hardly lighting the place up. They’re 2 inches high at most, dull pinkish orange. Do I move it or do I dispose of it? Can I find someone who’ll take it, or most of it? I want to put Hedychium ‘Tara’ in its place, a much better plant.

Four.
Plectranthus zuluensis. Now this is a lovely thing. We were given a somewhat potbound specimen earlier in the year, which we put into a decent sized pot. Rather late in the year we are getting rewarded for our efforts. Another thing needing space under cover for the winter though.
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Five.
Polytunnel. Yesterday I cut down and removed the tomatoes. Best year ever without a doubt. I have a lot of small Camellias in this unheated tunnel and I’m going to plunge some of them up my allotment. The tops are hardy, but not the roots, so they will be safer up there, planted but still in their pots. That’ll give me some room to move potted Fuchsias in for the winter. Just need to prepare some ground up the allotment, which in turn means moving strawberry plants.
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Six.
Camellia of the week. Camellia sasanqua ‘Tanya’, which is actually growing on my allotment and desperately needs rehoming. It’s a damn fine plant; small dark green glossy leaves, dark purple to begin with. Masses of  pink scented flowers up to 5cm across in October and November. Compact dense habit.

One more Saturday in October, then into November. No real sign of winter here. The maritime climate of Cornwall isn’t characterised by sharply defined seasons, which does make deciding when to do things difficult sometimes. Cut Dahlias down once they’ve been frosted; what, February, seriously? Then again, if I have six things flowering for Christmas and New year, who am I to complain.
Lots of links to other posts will as ever come into The Propagator’s comments as the day wears on. Everyone’s favourite over the garden fence moment; ooh, aren’t your aster’s looking lovely, mine have finished but my nerines ain’t bad. Shame we can’t all share a coffee and biscuit.

The Sasanquas.

By mid October most people’s gardens are at best winding down.  Such colour as is left is from late and weather battered Dahlias, Fuchsias, Salvias, the odd rose and the like. Very few plants chose late autumn for their main flower display and many gardeners have also given up and hunkered down to wait for spring. One group of plants that enters the stage after the main performance has finished is late flowering Camellias.

The autumn flowering Camellias are usually referred to as “sasanquas”, though Camellia sasanqua is one of a handful of species involved. The earliest flowers usually appear in early October and different varieties extend the flowering period into the new year. Compared to the spring flowering Camellias, the flowers are generally smaller, often single and most have at least some scent.

In general, they both require and happily tolerate much warmer conditions than the spring flowering varieties and in the west of the UK probably perform best in full sun or part shade. In warmer, dryer places they may benefit from a bit more shade. The leaves are relatively small and new growth often red or purple tinged, making them eminently suitable for hedging in places where they grow well. I have seen them used this way to great effect in Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and the Paradise series, raised by Bob Cherry in Australia, are marketed as hedging plants. They are generally regarded as too slow growing for this usage in the UK.

Left to grow unchecked, most will eventually make large shrubs, some upright, some wide spreading; with a rather open habit. A bit of formative pruning will make for a more compact bush, as will growing in full sun. When they have reached their required size they are not difficult to contain by pruning. They will grow in poor soils, provided it is acidic and as young plants in containers are nutrient sensitive such that they need much lower feed rates than even other camellias, let alone vigorous deciduous subjects.
In areas with unsuitable soil they may be grown in pots, They will need an ericaceous compost and their roots must be protected from freezing. Regular low level feeding will be needed.

I should also mention a small group of hybrids between C. sasanqua and C. reticulata that were raised by Howard Asper in America. These are ‘Show Girl’, ‘Flower Girl’ and ‘Dream Girl’. ‘Show Girl’ is an exceptional variety, with huge semi-double pink flowers for a couple of months in the middle of winter.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Navajo’ has just begun to flower in my south facing front garden. Beside it and not flowering yet is Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Little Liane’. My plant of this flowered freely last year and is well budded this year, in stark contrast to plants at Mt Edgcumbe and Trewithen which are growing in shade and do not flower at all. It is a very compact variety with small double flowers with a pleasant scent.


C. hiemalis ‘Bonanza’ is in the Mt Edgcumbe collection and flowers well even though it is located in full shade. The blooms are about 5cm across and an intense vivid pink bordering onto red. They have little or no scent in my experience. ‘Crimson King’ is either variable or more than one clone is sold under the name. A good form is a clear light red. ‘Gay Sue’ is of similar size and shape to ‘Bonanza’ but has a strong scent.

I have a plant of Camellia ‘Show Girl’ in a pot. It is about four feet tall and covered in buds. The large plant at Mt Edgcumbe is around 10 feet tall and upright growing. It turns in a superb performance regularly every year with semi-double blooms 15cm across.

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Camellia ‘Show Girl’

I have written about the sasanquas in the National Collection at Mt. Edgcumbe with illustrations of many more varieties.
Sasanqua season – 1
Sasanqua season – 2
Sasanqua season – 3
Sasanqua season – 4
Sasanqua season 2018