February 14, 2010

Bloom where you’re planted

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:43 am by Jane

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!



  1. Petra said,

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


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

  2. Miko said,

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

  3. Petra said,

    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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