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Camellia bed update

I don’t really know why I call this ‘The Camellia Bed”, I have far more Camellias in the back garden than in this small corner, but that’s its name … the Camellia Bed. It started out as a very dark corner with overgrown trees casting deep shade onto the swimming pool – as a result we hardly used the pool). We slowly transformed the area as detailed in this post and then later I added the DIY trellis against the wall on which to train the Star Jasmine that thrives in this space.

I realised that it has been a year since I’ve photographed and talked about this corner on its own so today I took a few photos. Winter is not the best time of year for this bed, but three of the large Camellia shrubs are flowering and a ground cover shrub is also in bloom so it has a few pops of delicious pink and cerise blooms. The petals that fall off the spent blooms also create a pool of pink at the foot of the shrubs which just adds to the charm of the Camellias.

Here are a few photos I took today and then a few older ones to show how it used to look. Am I happy with it? Mostly I am … It’s a very shaded area so I am making the most of it.

The Camellia bed from afar
The cerise Camellia

The cerise Camellia

A few “before” photos …

[one_half]Camellia bed in March 2011Camellia bed in March 2011[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Camellia bed in March 2011Camellia bed in March 2011[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Camellia bed in June 2011Camellia bed in June 2011[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Camellia bed in June 2011Camellia bed in June 2011[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Camellia bed in January 2012Camellia bed in January 2012[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Camellia bed in February 2012Camellia bed in February 2012[/one_half_last]

It’s become lush and very green. I might need to start doing some cutting back and pruning. Happy days!

Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

4 replies on “Camellia bed update”

This is looking so STUNNING! Full and lush. I love that about your garden – the plants seem to adjust very quickly, and that you obviously pick the right plant for the right part of your garden – so beeeauuutiful! 🙂

Oh, I love your camellia bed! And I know why you call it that – because the camellias are the star when they bloom! Just lovely. Amazing how fast it has grown in!!!

That is some growth in such a short time Christine. I also name areas of the garden, at times giving more grandeur than the area deserves. We seek out the sunniest parts of the garden for relaxing, I expect where you are its the shady spots which are most desirable.

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