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­GARDENING BLOG: CAMELIAS

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month” ~Henry Van Dyke

Camelias- ohhh how I love thee. Can I count the ways….easy to grow and providing bursts and flashes of vibrant winter colour in this ever lasting Winter of discontent. Truly I feel like I am back in the wardrobe of my youth- the stuff of the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe legend- with the White Witch and a Winter that never went. Needless to say I preferred it in my youth. I digress. But back to Camelias-one of our most popular evergreen shrubs year in, year out prized for its year round glossy fecund  foliage, and large abundant blooms in a wide range of reds, pinks and whites that flower in late Winter until early Spring.

We have a wide range available here at the World’s End Nurseries  garden centre. From Camelia Japonica’s: Strawberry Parfait, Nucio’s Jewel, Silver Anniversary, Kramer’s Beauty, Kramer’s Supreme, Tristrem Carlyon, Sawada’s Dream, Roger Hall, to Congratulations Camelia. As well as Camelia Wiliamsii Anticipation.

All prices and sizes ranging from £12.50-165.00. We look forward to Welcoming you to the Wonderful World of World’s End Nurseries.

                                                                                           

                                                                  Camelia-World's End Nurseries                                                          Camelia-World's End Nurseries

 

Camelia-World's End Nurseries

Gardening blog: Photinia, Red Robin and Evergreens in your garden

“Perennials are the ones that grow like weeds, biennials are the ones that die this year instead of next, and hardy annuals are the ones that never come up at all”

Katharine Whitehorn

"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go"  ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

Whilst wondering down the path here at the garden centre musing over the fact that it is apparently the coldest March on record in 66 years, my eye was caught by the Photinia, an evergreen shrub also known as Red Robin.

It’s name derives from it’s merry red fruits and small fragrant white flowers. A very nice hedging plant indeed with glossy green leaves. And it got me thinking….I really do appreciate the evergreens this time of year. Could you imagine a garden full of deciduous plants? Fabulous in the Spring and Summer granted – but right now in these last days (we hope)of the long winter I want to say three cheers to the evergreen –you have got me through another year and a painfully long Winter! So here’s to the hardy Photinia. How grateful I am!

Gardening Blog: Serpentine meanderings, Lavender and Camelias. Still no Spring.

"The snow is sparkling like a million little suns" ~Lama Willa Miller
 
The weekend bought more snow. And rain. Sunday was a moody day with a million shades of grey that our British skies do so well. I sat by the Serpentine.
The ducks, swans and seagulls were seemingly oblivious to the arctic freezing temperatures and carried on merrily along their way.

Or perhaps not- the gulls were circling around like torpedoes- perhaps that's their way of keeping warm. Gangster gulls I thought.
Watching them was both calming and hypnotic and got me thinking that despite the grey skies Mother Nature throws at us- there is always a whisper of respite.

Casting my eyes around, I spied the weeping willow with shades of acid yellow to honey, the silver birch trees glinting like something out of Narnia, the lonely patches of daffodils waiting for more to join....the camellias blossoming. Food for thought. We just have to wait for Spring a little bit longer.
 
          
                      Camelia                                             Lavender Stoechas                                        Sitting by the Serpentine

"Walking through puddles is my favorite metaphor for life" ~Terri Guillemets

Gardening Blog: Olive Trees, Lemon Trees and Kumquats (or Olea Europea, Citrus Limonum, Citro fortunella Margarita)

Ooooohhhh excitement of excitement- we have just had a delivery of lots of new and fabulous treats for me to play with and plant up.

A dazzling array of lovely Olive trees have just arrived- from Spain no less- I wish they had bought the sun with them. No such luck. They come in all shapes and sizes from the petite to the large. I’m opting for maximum impact in readiness for the Spring entertaining season….

We have Lemon Trees a plenty with pretty fragrant white flowers that smell truly balmy  and Kumquat’s with fruit on. Always a bit of a tongue twister that one. The small ovular fruit is edible and most closely resembles a miniature orange but is a lot more tart and kick starts the senses. The Kumquat is a native to the Asia-Pacific region, where these cheery slow growing ever green shrubs are a common site. Just to make things really interesting and razzle dazzle you we even have a cross between a lime and a kumquat –a Lime Quat. (Citrus Auran Tifolia)

Nothing lifts the spirit quite like the sight and scent of these zesty fruits with their acid colours. They certainly brighten up a bleary day. Although I make it a habit to never be bleary on a Friday- too much fun to be had over the weekend… Carry On Planting. Happy Friday from all of us at World's End Nurseries!

           

 

                    Olive Tree, Olea Europea                                            Lemon Tree, Citrus Lemonum

 

Gardening Blog: Viburnum Tinus, (Also known as Laurustinus Viburnum, Laurustinus, or just plain old Laurestine)

“Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together”  ~Vista M. Kelly

Bit like people really.

So Spring has not yet Sprung-but you can forgive me my over excitement. We are back to frost bite and thermals, thermos’ and heat packs…oh joy.

Meantime, I was out wandering with friends over the weekend enjoying the freezing cold and  frost(!) in my perfectly weeded garden, when one of them noticed that my wonderful Viburnum Tinus had started to open up its beautiful white fragrant flowers! How exciting – more and more of my garden is  slowly being covered in tiny flowers as nature’s cycle breaths life into them, slowly ‘waking’ the plants up, I even have a few daffodils.

However I got to thinking that although all these lovely budding flowers are all very well, I really do appreciate the evergreens at this time of year. Could you imagine a garden full of deciduous plants? Fabulous in the Spring and Summer – granted – but right now in these last days of the long winter I want to say three cheers to the evergreen –you have got me through yet another year! So here’s the Viburnum Tinus – How grateful I am!

            

                                Viburnum Tinus                                                        Viburnum Tinus

                                                     

                                                                      Viburnum Bodnatense Dawn

There are several varieties of Vibernum but the Viburnun Tinus has proved the most popular. It is winter flowering with clusters of pink buds and small white fragrant flowers blooming between December and April, with dark green foliage.

Excellent evergreen shrub for sunny and shaded garden sites. Large, fragrant clusters of pinky/white flowers are produced from mid winter followed by small metallic blue berries. The foliage consists of small, dark green leaves. Low maintenance.(not like me...)

 

Gardening Blog: The sight of Snowdrops and Galanthus

     "Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"  ~Robin Williams

Ssshhhh whisper it.......has Spring finally Sprung....So I found myself(and my progeny) strolling through the Berkshire country side on the weekend. I was arrested by the wonderful sight of Snow Drops at every turn. Galanthus as they are known by their formal Latin term. And the Daffodils, ‘ Narcissus’ with their paper white blooms and bridal crowns that really signal the first twitch of Spring. Even though it most certainly doesn’t feel like it.

Did you know that their name may derive from the fate of Narcissus, so vain he fell in love with his own reflection in a pond that he fell in and drowned. According to myth the Narcissus bulb arose from where he died. A cheering thought to a watery end.

Snowdrops are the first as they emerge and fight their way through frozen soil from January on with the Daffodils and Bluebells following. Both a wonderful and calming sight, an assurance that Spring is well and truly just around the corner. And most Welcome it is.

             

                                 Snowdrop, Galanthus                                    Snowdrop, Galanthus

              

                                Daffodils, Tete a Tete                                                    Daffodil Bulbs

 

Gardening Blog: Pretty in Pink with Polyanthus and Hyacinth

Yooohoo! We need something to beat the Winter blues away and offer an array of wonderful and refreshing colour for the dark and dreary days that just will not go! A burst of classic Winter colour is what we all need.

So we've gone potty for Polyanthus. And hyacinth of course. I'm surrounded by them here at the nursery....lifts the Spirits somewhat. Along with a rousing Irish coffee of course...it being Friday and all.

Polyanthus is a member of the Primula family. A winter flowering bedding plant, prized for its dramatic injection of winter colour added to your garden, available in white, pink, red, blue, purple and yellows. Wide dual coloured blooms appearing in clusters or 'rosettes' with oval light green leaves. Popular window box and container display.  Likes a sunny spot and well drained soil.

Hyacinth are bulbous perennial with glossy leaves and beautiful clusters of flowers growing neatly up the stem, which are highly fragrant and give out a wonderful scent. One of my personal favourites. Available in white, pink, blue/lilac. Famously Referred to in TS Elitos the Wasteland Plant position and soil: Thrives in sun or light shade in moist but well drained soil. Prices start at: £1.99.

                     

            Fuschia Pink Polyanthus                                                Multi coloured Polyanthus

                      

                                                                 Hyacinth: So pretty in pink

 

Gardening Blog: Daphne Adora Aureomarginata

 

"On cable TV they have a weather channel - 24 hours of weather.  We had something like that where I grew up.  We called it a window. "~Dan Spencer

Hello to all the Green fingered gurus out there! So I am sitting here looking out of my window sipping my Countess Grey and was wondering whether my silk thermals are up to the job of keeping me warm today, as once again, it is freezing!
However, as all of us with green fingers know, (mine are never stained green for long by the way, I find a good salt body scrub does the trick), we really do need to start getting out there and gardening as Spring is fast approaching. To remind me of this I have my beautiful Daphne Adora Aureomarginata right by my kitchen door so I can catch its Spring-like lemon scent as I scuttle back and forth to my garden shed.

The fact that it has such pretty pinky white flowers and glossy green leaves in this weather is amazing enough, but to be able to scent the whole area around it makes it really special plant in my book. I find the Daphne plant very soothing to look at as it tells me that Spring if not sprung, really is only just round the corner and soon my whole kitchen border will burst into a wonderful array of colorful and luscious life. A bit like me really. I just can’t wait to pack up my silk thermals for another year.

Happy Planting.

ps: Here's one I found for the long suffering parents out there, such pearls:

"Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough"  ~Earl Wilson
 

                

     Daphne Adora Aureomarginata                        Daphne Adora Aureomarginata

 

                                      Daphne Meereum Rubra

                         

 

Ode to Valentine's Blog-Berries, Buds, Blossoms (and Bards)

                                   "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." - William Shakespeare

                                   "Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you" -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Admiring my neighbours lush evergreen Skimmia’s a few day ago, I decided that THIS would be my Valentine plant this year (shhh don’t tell my man). Not only because of the fragrant creamy white and pink flowers which are so so pretty but because you need a male and female plant to get the red shiny berries.

No lonely Skimmias allowed in my garden, as they wont fruit! They have to come as a pair, is that romantic or needy? Not sure. Is that what I am trying to project? Definitely not!

Maybe I should just get my man a Hellebourus Niger instead as the graceful nodding heads could remind him of me, but then of course it is posionous if eaten, ahem, so not really hugely romantic either.
Valentine's can be such a chore, maybe I’ll just stay in watch the rain, dream of Spring and make a card myself. Second thoughts- maybe I’ll just get a Camelia for him-they’re regal, proud and just about to burst into flower. With their year round glossy fecund foliage, and large abundant blooms in a range of reds, pinks and whites they are a Jewel in the garden. A bit like me.

On the weather front Mother Nature is letting us know whose boss- snow is out again today-hardy gardeners beware-hypothermia is readily available. I recommend cashmere socks and fur.

And cake. Never underestimate cakes ability for galvanising the weary gardener!"

Please don't hesitate to visit us at World's End Nurseries, Chelsea's Original Garden Centre. We look forward to Welcoming you to the Wonderful World of World's End Nurseries.

                                                                            

            

                Skimmia Japonica Rubella                                  Helleborous Niger-The Christmas Rose                               Camilia Japonica