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Fragrant Camellias

Photo - Linda Ross

Camellias are the shining stars of the sleepy winter garden. 


We love them for their evergreen foliage, stunning flowers and lack of pest and disease problems. But why not love them for their fragrance too?


Not many camellias are perfumed, but take a look – and a deep breath – at these. 



For a tall option try ‘High Fragrance’.



Medium-height scented beauties include Lutchuensis, ‘Scentuous’ and ‘Koto No Kaori’; 



Smaller selections include ‘Spring Mist’ and ‘Sweet Emily Kate’.


Text: Linda Ross


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Catherine Rivett commented on 02 Aug 15

Just hoping Graham could address the issue of severe loss and grieving for gardening which many of us face after divorce, having to downsize due to financial situations and also aging. I am sure there are many of us out there and only true garden lovers who have spent most of their lives busy in beautiful large gardens that provide opportunities to embrace new and wonderful plants each year, collections, vegies, pots and garden design would know and understand how deep the loss can run. Real depression can set in and a sense that there is nothing to inspire you to get up each day sets in. Yes people say join a garden club but that onlt rubs salt in the wound as you see and listen to all those who still have what you no longer do.
I have been battling this demon for the last 2 years with a feeling that there is nothing left of the real me. Yes I have a yard and I have planted some trees and put in some roses but it is very restrictive when I have had a passion for gardening for the past 40 years or more. When I see trees and plants I would love I know I cant have them because they just wont go in my yard.
I have been overseas to Chelsea, Butchart gardens, the gardens of France etc but still I have to come home to this town block after having had 4 acres of gardens with 300 roses and room to plant and do whatever inspired me.
Hoping you can look into this to help all of us out here who are dealing with this. I might add that to compound the issue, many of us are now over 50 and are also living alone due to death or divorce of partners. I am sure that those who still have this support would at least be able to cope much better.
Your website and the garden clinic radio programme help me cling to a sense of still being emersed in my garden but it is very very difficult.

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Author: Linda Ross