HOME & GARDEN FEBRUARY GARDENING TIPS KARMA CAMELLIA WEST COAST REVIEW | 33 There’s nothing that screams spring is coming more than the stunning perfection of a brilliant red camellia in full bloom. Warm and vibrant, red is also energising and stimulating – a positive colour that awakens our life force after the dormancy of winter. Highly valued for their stunning fl oral displays and fresh, glossy, evergreen foliage, there are dozens of varieties of camellias to choose from in shades of red, pink, white and cream - and they are currently Plant of the Moment in garden centres around the UK. Camellia fl owers vary in size and shape and, like azaleas and rhododendrons, they are ericaceous plants which means they need to grow in acid or lime-free soil to ensure they stay healthy. Grown in the right soil and position camellias usually fl ower reliably with little care and attention, growing larger over time to develop into impressive fl owering shrubs. Most camellias rarely need pruning, but if they outgrow their position individual shoots can be shortened, and plants can even regrow well if cut back hard into old wood. Any ‘Grow Your Own’ gardener should be thinking about the sowing season to come and soil preparation. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, the key job for this month is to mark out and prepare seedbeds and then cover them with clear polythene, cloches or fl eece to warm up the soil before sowing seeds where you want them in the weeks and months ahead. National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at around 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit www.thevouchergarden.co.uk to see the outlets that sell and accept them. You can become a fan and buy vouchers on Facebook www.facebook.com/GardenGiftVouchers or follow on twitter @ GardenGiftVouch or via the blog at www.vouchergardenblog.com.
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