Saturday, 28 February 2009

Camellia japonica incarnata

Nº 140

Camellia japonica incarnata
This very elegant variety was first introduced by the late Lady A. Hume, about the year 1806 ; hence it has been generally known by the name of Lady Hume's blush.
Within the last fifteen years the greenhouses of Europe have received a wonderful accession of splendour in the numerous varieties of Camellia, which form such a magnificent display in early spring. There can hardly be a grander sight than a large house full of these beautiful plants when in bloom. We have sometimes had upwards of twenty thousand flowers of the different varieties all open at once. They continue for some considerable time, especially if shaded a little from the sun.
Twelve distinct sorts are at present cultivated in this country. They have all been originally imported from China, where it is said that several more kinds exist. They are easily managed, thriving in a mixture of loam and peat earth : they should have plenty of water especially in the flowering season. The single sort is increased by cuttings, and the double sorts are grafted upon it.
Vol II, No 140, 1818

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