Dr Clifford Parks is my pride and joy – a camellia reticulata with showy deep red informal double blooms. I planted it in mid-1992 as a spindly little specimen from the local nursery. It now is over eight foot high with blooms between 5 and 6 inches in diameter; the leaves are dark green. It came into bloom at the beginning of August (winter here) and is still going strong. It is usual for reticulata to bloom for two months and the flowers become larger as the tree matures.This camellia, like all, requires regular watering through summer and a light trim after flowering but otherwise I have found it to be a plant that pretty much takes care of itself. During the flowering season the blooms drop every day creating a beautiful carpet of petals on the ground.