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!