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23/06/2013 at 09:34

A question for the Scottish gardeners. Jim on Beechgrove brought the Camellias out of the greenhouse for "their  summer outing". I've always grown Camellias outside all year round (in Yorkshire and Derbyshire). Even in the worst of winters they have thrived. Do they not do so in Scotland?

23/06/2013 at 09:40

Yes they do QR - they grow extremely well in the Scottish climate as we have the right soil and rain for them! Not sure why they have them inside but the north east has bitterly cold winds so that may be the reason -they would get frozen just at the time they would be flowering!

Hope everyone enjoyed seeing the garden at Aberfeldy they were in. Lovely view of snow topped Schiehallion in the background.

23/06/2013 at 09:52

Beechgrove is in the east and also a lot further north than Yorkshire so camellias would risk getting their flower buds and foliage deeply frozen and/or buried under snow just when they're supposed to be flowering and at their best.

The Atlantic coast has much milder winters beacuse of prevailing westerly winds and the Gulf Stream.   The east side is drier and colder.

24/06/2013 at 08:02

Thanks both 

24/06/2013 at 13:39

Aberdeen is actually west of Yorkshire, Birmingham is further east than Edinburgh.  Aberdeen does seem to get snow first and deeper than most places in the UK. Anyway, here is coastal Fife Camellias do really well.

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