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February 2, 2012

camellias blooming

I made it out to the garden yesterday and actually got a start on the garden clean up. I was able to fill one can of green waste before the truck came and even though I barely made a dent, it looks better than it did before.


Just as a reward for my (semi) hard work, I had the added bonus of these beautiful blooming camellias nearby.  February is the peak time for them in Southern California. 


Camellias are a great shrub if they are hardy where you are.  Even though they only bloom once a year, they will usually continue blooming for the entire month of February and most of March and they have the most gorgeous glossy green leaves the rest of the year. 



I don't know why I don't plant more of them.  I think I'll put them on my list of wants for the garden.


Whether they are on the bush or floating in a pretty dish, camellias are definitely one of late winters greatest little jewels.

Enjoy what's left of your day,  Patty

20 comments:

  1. Your flowers are gorgeous! I'm in southern Delaware which is usually very cold in the winter - and my camellias are in bloom already. I've got pretty red ones - and they usually don't come out tell the end of February beginning of March. Its been in the 50's and 60's lately. Hope we don't have a snow storm to burn their tips! Enjoy

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  2. The only flower blooming in my garden are my primroses. I'm sure the next freeze will get them but for now I'm enjoying. I love your camellias and I agree I need to add that to my want list for this year.

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  3. Beautiful flowers, you are so lucky to have color in your garden this time of year. We still have snow!

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  4. The camellias are beautiful. We have daffodils blooming here in Tennessee -- about a month early -- with a California-ish 70 degrees for the past few days.

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  5. Simply beautiful.
    I'm green with envy right now.. as we just had a dusting of fresh snow.
    No gardening for us for a while.

    Thanks for sharing your garden with us :)

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  6. Alright, I am clearly living in the wrong state! All you people who have flowers blooming. In mid winter! I am so envious! I don't think camellias would even grow here in Michigan.

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  7. that is one gorgeous flower. wow!! what a great reason to go into the gardens. (:

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  8. The deer think my camillias are delicious. Consequently I have just camillia sticks with a few green leaves here and there. Granted they are located in an unfenced part of the property, but they (the deer) jump fences at will. I will just have to admire yours this year...sob. wink wink. They are beautiful.

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  9. It's far too early for flowers in Ontario so I will have to be satisfied with looking at your lovely camellias! ~ Maureen

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  10. Your banner is full of spring! Someday I hope to travel and see Camellias in bloom. Until then we all have your beautiful photos, thank you.

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  11. Such a beautiful flower. I really love the one in the second photo. You've just about convinced me that I need to add them to my flower garden!

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  12. They are beautiful!
    It sure didn't take you long to get out of that chair Patty!
    How wonderful to have flowers blooming already.

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  13. Such beautiful flowers. They are putting me in the mood for Spring.
    Sheri at Red Rose Alley

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  14. Very pretty! I have been doing some yard clean up too. SO much yet to be done.

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  15. oohh I love the pink ruffled one. Lucky you being able to grow them.
    xx jeanetteann

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  16. I grew up in Long Beach and my Mom loved Camellias. They lined the fences. Your red ones remind me of an azelia I had at one of our homes here. It bloomed around Christmas. Hmmmm guess I am going Camellia shopping soon. As always, you inspire me.

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  17. Gorgeous blooms! My neighbors across the street have one that's filled with beautiful red blooms. Mine are all done (must have a different variety).

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  18. Pretty pink just in time for Valentine's Day!

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