My mother’s camellias

…She hasn’t space for bushes…so instead she wall-trains them.

…It takes a while….

These have been here for as long as I can remember – (the pink one was given to my mother at the birth of my older brother)….What I’m trying to say is that they’re older than ME.

I don’t remember them ever flowering so abundantly as this year.
















…leaving a trail of luscious bounty….


Too many blooms to carry indoors, (like so many precious babies) and float in bowls


…So they get used to anoint topiary…’n stuff.










I’ll write a recipe for this one-pot-wonder once I’ve grilled my mother on her secrets.

a bientôt


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  1. Posted April 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Love them! I’ve never seen them espaliade and against the white wall is fantastic. Your mom rocks!

  2. Posted April 27, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    I’ve never seen the climbing camellia! Really beautiful…


  3. Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    Wow, love them trained up the wall! There’s a camellia shrub growing in the flower border at the bottom of my block; it looks a right mess as it’s never pruned or shaped. Wish I could borrow your mum and her secateurs for an afternoon …

  4. sonskyn
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…. i have topiary camelias: can they be redirected/growth to climber form

    i have bought your book The Virgin Gardener and “fell in love” with your writing style – it is a great inspiration!

  5. Posted April 28, 2012 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    Thanks everyone – I’ll be sure to pass on your kind praise to my ma!

    Posted May 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Yes I too love your writing style and I also love the climbing camelia idea. Clever Mum.

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