Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It Can Not Grow On. ; Diary

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

It Can Not Grow On. ; Diary

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CAM BACK KIDS: Right the way down the east side of the garden (that's the shady side), runs a path close to the bank. In the narrow bed in front of it are several camellias. They probably went there because for years I could never make up my mind whether I liked them and this part of the garden is out of sight.

Each year they have answered my churlishness with generosity. Not only have they grown strong but they have also flowered profusely, laden with their big, symmetrical flowers in crimson, coral and white and dark, rich red.

Since we removed a giant Prunus padus just in front of them, there has been more light and they are leaning towards it, making it harder to walk down the path.

It is exciting to feel enclosed by vegetation sometimes but not to be hit in the face - however flowery the offending branches.

LOP STAR: Camellias are much like any other shrub and benefit from a discerning trim. It could wait until flowering has finished but we would not be able to enjoy the flowers because access is so difficult. …
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