It being the season, and garden writers needing to endlessly provide reading material, I recently read a piece in praise of camellias. Understandable – they are quite attractive flowers with a good shiny evergreen leaf. Hmm. And
people go long distances to visit them in Cornwall with magnolias. And blue skies if you’re lucky.
However. Charles has always hated them – because they discolour, rot and generally depress, while still on the bush. Some are reputed to drop cleanly, saving the revolting look of a whole decaying bush of them. ‘Donation’ is one, I believe, and I always understood this was ‘Donation’. Well, don’t get excited.
We had a great year for them this year. Not much frost. Rain not exceptional. Looked quite good for a (short) while.
I used to grow several others, all supposedly clean dropping. I had visions of them all along the back of the border, cheering me up in spring.
You should be warned, shouldn’t you? Well, I just did. They always do that.
People used to grow them under cover. Maybe that worked?