Here is another early bloomer - Camellia japonica. Some varieties bloom as early as December so they get the stage all to themselves which guarantees attention. As a child I often took them to my teachers. I think that and the roses I brought later in the year pretty much got me my good grades.
Camellias look so clean, fresh and elegant, don't they? At BIL's house Sunday night, SIL had several floating in a pretty glass bowl in the center of the table. A perfectly beautiful way to display them.
Camellias seem to be quite happy here in our heavy clay soil beneath our oaks. All over town I see them blooming in shades of red, coral, pink and white. Are the camellias blooming in your town?
Posted by Laura whilst enjoying the camellias Amongst The Oaks.