Simple Guide to Growing Camellias
Published by 4C Publishers
Distributed by Southern Publishers Group
Reviewed by Mike Gowing
THE recent article on
Northland plantsman Jim Finlay (Weekend Gardener, Issue 175)
would have won the approval of Aussie camellia lover James Young.
Certainly Jim Finlay's 1981 hybrid 'Scentuous' gets his thumbs up,
for Young grows it - along with another of Jim's fragrant hybrids,
'High Fragrance' - in his own garden across the Tasman.
A sounder, more reasonably
priced primer on camellias would be hard to find - particularly
one tailored to southern hemisphere conditions.
It covers all bases
from the well-trodden origins of the genus that now has more than
25,000 garden varieties.
background on species camellia, as well as Japonicas, Sasanquas,
Reticulatas, Williamsis and hybrids.
Their likes and dislikes
are thoroughly covered - cultivation, pests and diseases and so
on. And there's an instructive section on espalier training - Sasanquas
are favoured on north-facing walls.
The bulk of the book
is taken up with a gallery and pen portraits of 275 forms of camellia
arranged by class.
Given Kiwi gardeners'
love affair with this beautiful plant, The Simple Guide to Growing
Camellias will find an eager readership.
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH