Today we shall say au revoir to the last flower for this year on Camellia ‘Midsummer’s Day’. It was one of the first Camellias we bought and initially we planted it against the house to clothe the walls. It quickly became obvious that it was far too unruly to bend to our will so we moved it to a small patch of woodland where it has thrived and flowered consistently well. The first flower appeared this year on the 8th March. The various Camellia sasanquas should start blooming in early October and will be followed by the main varieties, meaning we have Camellias in flower for nine months of the year. I read of other Cornish gardens where they achieve 12 months of blossom on these most reliable and forgiving of evergreen shrubs.