The Camellia x Williamsii Spring Festival brightened up this area of the back garden for a few weeks in April
Although the plant label clearly referred to it as being a Williamsii, I was left in doubt as I also see it named as a cuspidata hybrid, also sasanqua and even a japonica. The RHS list it as a cuspidata hybrid and under synonyms (Williamsii) so I guess thats enough confirmation for me.
In our garden
We planted Spring Festival in our back garden in late March of last year. The numerous buds started to open in mid April and continued to bloom for a good four weeks or so.
Camellias can take a bit of time to settle down, I was very pleased to see loads of buds developing in late Winter.
Mid April this year, I was happy to see the shrub smothered with blooms.
The final week of April, the weather turned quite cold after a spell of really warm Summer like weather, resulting in many of the flowers being badly damaged.
I was quite surprised as the frost was very light. Fortunately still quite a lot of buds to open.
Conclusion, although our back garden is North facing, (well its more North/West) we still get morning sun in the position where the Camellia is planted, not so good for some Camellias. It would also appear that although Spring Festival is fully hardy it is susceptible to frost damage. I guess I should consider moving it to a position that doesn’t catch the early morning sun.
This Camellia with rather small double blooms and glossy dark green leaves, flowers profusely in mid April for at least four weeks. Don’t be put off with the small blooms as it is a rather magnificent Camellia with a slender habit, said to grow to a height of about seven feet.
It received the RHS award of garden merit.
Camellias, like Rhododendrons require acidic soil. If yours is neutral or leaning toward alkaline dig in plenty of ericaceous compost when planting and mulch over the shrub with this compost also, in fact give a mulch with ericaceous every year.
Do bear in mind that the blooms of Spring Festival are prone to frost damage, so avoid that morning sun.
Hardiness *** fully hardy
Position *** semi shade, avoiding morning sun
Height *** 6/7 ft
Soil *** acidic
Three other Camellias were planted in the back garden at the same time as Spring Festival last year.
Camellia Japonica Lady Campbell.
The long lasting red flowers are abundant on a bushy plant which is happiest in a semi shaded position.
Long flowering period with this one, from early April, and still blooming in our garden in May.
Fully hardy in most parts of the UK, I wouldn’t recommend it for Aberdeen though. To be quite honest I have found that the only Camellia to flower profusely in Aberdeen is the (Williamsii Donation)
Camellia Japonica Contessa Lavinia Maggi
Contessa Lavinia Maggi, sort of like the Rosa Mundi of the Camellia family. Flowered March/April in our garden. Plenty flower buds but seemed to have a habit of opening only two or three at a time.
Perhaps its one of those which takes several years to settle down.
Camellia x Williamsii Debbie
Very free flowering with large mid pink double blooms. A highly recommended fast growing variety which blooms April/May.
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