The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

Infinite camellias

September30

image courtesy Trehane NurseryI can’t stop thinking about the perfect, scrolled flowers of Camellia japonica Alba Plena. Who can resist the white infinity of these flowers? We saw a similar flower form at a friend’s wedding in Washington DC this spring, a stunning red called Glen 40 (the camellia guys at Trehane Nursery tell me it’s also called Coquetti — thank you, Trehane for use of the picture!) I want the same scrolling flower form but need white for this part of the garden in March/April. I want to fan-train it against a 4 foot wall beneath a white lilac, with white Emperor tulips and some multiheaded narcissus behind — Cheerfulness and Silver Chimes. Paying 23 quid for a single plant is painful — I can’t quite bring myself to do it. Yet.

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