Bloom where you’re planted

I don’t like camellia flowers very much, I think they’re gaudy.  Although widespread and widely admired here, they carry a slightly morbid image for many Japanese (something about the way their “heads” suddenly drop off). 

I do however love the shy little variety of camellia called “sazanka” in Japanese and sometimes known as “Christmas camellia” elsewhere.  I think the flowers are pretty and sweet, and the colours are lovely.   They are tough too, and grow almost anywhere.  If I could be a flower, I’d want to be one of these.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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3 comments on “Bloom where you’re planted

  1. Petra says:

    We have one of the largest camellia collections in North America here:

    http://frogparade.com/

    It is a regular camellia forest and we love to go there in winter.

  2. Miko says:

    That’s amazing. It says on the site that some of the plants are more than 20ft in height. Giants!

  3. Petra says:

    Yes, this place is amazing. We love it all year round, but the true highlight are the camellias in winter. I will put up another post about the house of the former owner, which is quite jaw-dropping beautiful too.

    That man had taste – in flowers and interior design.

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