Sad to say I’ve literally only had a passing acquaintance with Camellias. My young ‘Senorita’ x williamsii blossomed well in its first year, last February and then with a re-pot in ericaceous compost gradually faded away, leaf by green leaf over the summer. I suspect I did not water it enough and rainwater is recommended for these lime haters. Since then I’ve considered purchasing a japonica variety but the cost prohibits experimentation, especially without a garden!
I make do instead with appreciating the displays in public gardens and on a clear but temperate winter’s day, the camellias of Kenwood House, Hampstead did not disappoint. Never before have I noticed how they sparkle with winter dew as air condenses on the cold, waxen blooms, glistening like candyfloss threads or crystalline whites. Read More…»