The first year I started doing the garden (2011) - I gave everyone fair warning of what to buy me. To some of you that may sound incredibly self centred but I am what I am! I hate surprises and much prefer a gift that is practical. A trait I inherited from my mother.
Christmas 2011 was the year I treated myself to a couple of new Camellias. One was growing as a shrub, the other was trained as a climber. After identifying a spot for them, I decided to have a go at training the climber as an sort of Espalier/Fan against the fence in the side garden. The border here is really quite narrow and has no scope to be widened. Growing it against the fence would take up the least amount of precious garden space.
It flowered beautifully it's first year, as the always do and when flowering was over, I planted it in it's new home. It settled in well and the following spring it had plenty of leaf buds. A sure sign it was happy. I knew not to expect flowers Spring 2012. Plants will often take 3 years to settle into a garden.
|January 2013 - plenty of leaf buds forming, alas no flowers this year!|
|Flowers are described as Formal semi double - pale blush pink or white|