I ventured up the garden to see what I could find in flower to cut for my empty vase.  It’s a beautiful sunny morning here and to my surprise and delight I spotted the first camellia flower of the year.  I was then faced with a dilemma – to cut or not to cut!  There were three blooms and lots of healthy looking buds so I decided to go for it.

This is Camellia x japonica ‘Bonomiana’ which is described as an ‘antique’ variety – having been introduced before 1900.  Of the three blooms, two were pale pink with just-discernable darker streaks and one was dark pink with pale streaks.

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And here is the one I chose for my desk.

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The National Camellia Collection is in Cornwall at Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park.

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Have a good week.

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