Monday, February 11, 2013

Camellias in Bloom

One of my favorite things about California winters is that’s when camellias bloom.

Did you know that the tea plant is in fact a camellia? I only recently learned that.

There is a big variety of camellias and if you ask me which one is my favorite, I wouldn’t be able to pick one. For they all are gorgeous!  

Here are a few camellia pictures that I took while visiting my family in Sacramento last weekend.






And here I am in Camellia Grove at Sacramento Capitol Park.

17 comments:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Olga,
Lovely pictures of some healthy Camellia shrubs with beautiful blossoms. Just did scan some old slides from Indonesia from the tea plantage and yes, those leaves are identical. But that does not make us able to have our own tea; there is a lot of fermentation and things going on before one can drink it! Let's enjoy the blossoms.
Hugs and Happy Valentine week.
Mariette

Bella said...

Hi Olga,
Aren't those beautiful, so big!! and your jacket matches the flowers too, you look lovely:-) It's nice to see the flowers blooming again!!!
Hugs,
Bella

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh the colors! So beautiful! We don't have Camellias here. So nice to see them again, and you too!

Karen said...

They are so pretty - just like roses! You look so lovely standing among them all in your rose colored jacket and lipstick! We have Camellias here in WA State, but mine are not blooming yet. Have a wonderful week! xoxo

Micupoftea~ said...

Hello Olga~ Nice photos. Your jacket matches :)
So pretty- I love them! Tea comes from camellia Sinensis and are related to these gorgeous flowering shrubs. Ours are blooming beautifully in our yard and I like to float the blossoms in water.
Looks like you had lovely weather.
hugs!

Bettina Bäck said...

You look like a camellia yourself in your lovely red outfit. Ouch, camellias in bloom when the winter seems to never end in Sweden . . .

Shirley said...

What a gorgeous flower. The camellia is one flower which does not like the New England weather we get in the north. Sure is a beauty and tell me, do they have a aroma? I can only imagine them having a sweet smell. You look picture perfect under the camillia blooms. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day..

Lavender Cottage said...

Talk about eye candy for a gardener! Thanks for sharing all those beautiful big blooms Olga.
Judith

Sarah said...

Oh how pretty! Camellia was one of the manes I had thought about for naming my daughter, we went with Anna, but pretty still! Beautiful flowers! Have a blessed day sweet friend! :)

Mindy said...

Oh, they're so pretty, aren't they? Especially during the grey of winter. Our neighbor behind us has one and I keep waiting for the lower branches to bloom so I can swipe one for a vase. :)

Olive said...

I love them too. I have a huge pink one just about to bloom out. So good to see you, olive

Lorraine said...

These are really amazingly beautiful flowers! And how sweet is the photo of you in the grove of trees!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I used to live in Sacramento and worked on K Street there and visiting the Capitol Park during my lunch hour was a heavenly treat. Your pics are beautiful. Joni

Sheila said...

Thank you for such a lovely glimpse of those beautiful camellias. I would love to live in a place where it was possible to have camellias growing like those you've shared with us. Keep smiling Olga!

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Olga, Thanks for sharing such absolutely beautiful Camellias in their arrays of gorgeous colors. Love them all too. Hugs Judy

Spiral Ginger said...

Camellia is really very wonderful flower. These are looking so beautiful. Thank you for sharing so nice flowers.

Bernideen said...

Your Camelias are so lovely. We had them in Virginia where I grew up. I have never seen them here in Colorado. Tea is from the Camelia Sinensus plant. The Chinese tricked the English years ago by sending the camelia plants instead of tea plants. They say that is how camelias got to England.

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