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Camellias in bloom - no fear over frosty weather.

Posted by Sara Draycott on 15 Feb 2011 at 03:21 PM

Camellias are one of the perfect garden plants in many people's opinion. They flower at Wisley from November (e.g. C. sasanqua hybrids) through to May, offering colour and in some cases fragrance too. And even when not showing off their flambouyant blooms, their evergreen leaves provide a glossy backdrop for other plants.




Battleston Hill and the Wild Garden are full of glorious camellias, and they are providing visitors with a lovely display. But sometimes, the weather can leave its mark on the flowers - typically frosty nights followed by early morning sun on the petals. 




Never fear, though. No matter what the weather throws at us, you can still enjoy our wonderful blooms - in the Glasshouse.  We've been building up a collection of camellia plants that are container grown and put out on show in late winter.  This means that you are guaranteed to see unblemished blooms in the comfort of the Temperate Zone of the Glasshouse.  Some of them, such as the cultivar 'Leonard Messel', are dotted around the woodland areas outside. But for others, like the pretty 'Lila Naff' we only have them in this indoor display.  There are even a few scented ones, but you'll have to come sniff them out for yourself!




Come and enjoy this beautiful display in the Glasshouse Theatre and Corridor for the next few weeks, until mid March.

p.s. and enjoy the butterflies in the Tropical Zone for an extra week too, until 6 March. 

You can find more information about how to grow camellias here.



Patricia Minns said:

Beautiful photographs - is it possible that those featured could be named?

on 18 Feb 2011 at 04:51 PM

Sara Draycott said:

Hi Patricia.  I'm glad you like the photos.  If you double click on one you should find all the information you're looking for.  

Have you had a chance to get to Wisley to see them for yourself?

Best wishes


on 21 Feb 2011 at 09:22 AM

Sara Draycott said:

These camellias will be all gone by tomorrow, but don't worry - there are plenty to see in the garden, especially around the Wild Garden and Battleston Hill.

on 02 Mar 2011 at 01:36 PM