We are now in the month of March here at Denmans, and after what has been a mild winter (calendar wise December- February), lots of growth and flowers abound the garden, many ahead of their natural spring flourish.

We still therefore need to keep an eye on the weather for potential cold snaps and damage, not withstanding the exceptionally wet February here and nationwide that has broken all-time records!

Spring is when the camellias really come into their own and we have some beautiful specimens.

In January I mentioned that Camellia “ Cornish Snow” was starting to flower as our earliest form. It is still going strong now into March.

We also have Camellia x williamsii “Golden Spangles” which has lovely green and yellow

Camellia x williamsii “Golden Spangles” brightens up shady areas.

variegated leaves with dark pink flowers.  This really comes into its own in a dappled shaded position.

Another fantastic camellia is Camellia japonica “Adolphe Audusson”. We have two huge specimens of this in the garden, one near Clock House and the other against the west flint wall on the south side of the cottage.