The Camellias of Winter

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Amidst the rain of winter, the pink camellias bloom and bring a touch of spring to the cool and damp landscape of our garden. This lovely camellia was added to the garden about 7 years ago. On the north side of the house where it is protected in a nice shady spot, this year's pink blooms are now tall enough to be seen through the living room window. As I sit and take breaks during the day, I can see the ruffly crepe paper edges of the blooms drooping under their own weight.

There's another camellia bush that was well established on that side of the house when we came here: it's a red camellia. Along with the newer pink one, the camellias are almost always blooming right about the time that I get the yearning desire to see Valentine decor--around the third or fourth week of January. By that time, I've had enough of a break from Christmas decorations, and I start to get the hankering for some beautiful reds and pinks to cheer up the grey of winter. These camellias have perfect timing. I love how nature decorates for me.

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precious said...

Beautiful ... they look like roses.

jodi said...

I have Camelia envy, Cindy...they don't grow here, except as houseplants or in nurseries, and they're sooooo beautiful. So I'll enjoy yours from across the miles!

Heidi Ashworth said...

This is breathtaking! My camellia bush is starting to bloom, now, too. I love that it gives me some color outside. Can't wait til spring!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Those are gorgeous shots, I am so loving what you are creating on this blog.

Keep it up.

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Joanie said...

Oh, Cindy, what a beautiful flower. I love the color. It is that color that makes me want to lick it! Great textures... thanks for sharing them!

Brenda Leyland said...

Cindy, I always love your work. This is a beautiful capturing of camellias on film. Always glad you share what's happening in your Napa garden!

Catherine Holman said...

How beautiful! I wish we could grow those in the midwest. Beautiful photo too!

Willow said...

I should send you photos of my camellias and you could fade them and plaster them and they might be as lovely as yours! Beautiful photo.

Sherri said...

What beautiful camellias! Mine was blooming and then we got an unexpected snow.

Kylee said...

Cindy, that is just gorgeous. I know it probably sounds like I overuse that word whenever I visit your blog, but it IS!

Camellias are at the top of my list of things I can't grow, but wish I could. I know they look similar to roses, but not quite.

Love the color of this one. It reminds me of the color of my 'Cinco de Mayo' rose.

joey said...

Amidst the rain of winter, your pink camellia is stunning.

The Kittens' Mother said...

Hi Cindy,

sorry I haven't visited for a while. How are things? Those camellias are beautiful! They look like they could be used in a wedding bouquet or in a nice vase in the middle of a dining table. Very pretty! I bet the red ones are just a beautiful.

Hugs to everyone, from Meg and cats xxx

Melanie said...

Beautiful Cindy. Guess what it reminded me of immediately- my grandmother's sewing box. It was an old painted wooden one with yellow roses on with that shade of green for the leaves. Knowing my Nana, it was inherited, so goodness how old it was. Thanks for conjuring that memory. :-)

Carolynn said...

Those are truly stunning. It sounds like you live in a garden paradise! I'm envious!!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I think this is one of my favorite pictures you've posted ... how lovely!

perennialgardener said...

That is truly a beautiful shade of pink! I love Camelias and they are definitely on my wishlist for this year!

Anna said...

Oh Cindy what a beautiful flower, so soft.
Anna :)

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