Hello ladies...here we are today on a rare "sunny" April Monday morning in the northwest with the first installment of flower block week. Are you ready? I hope so, because my ever willing assistant (yes, we bribe her with chocolate nuggets frequently), and I--have been working overtime pulling this together. No worries though--its all goodtimes and the entries are short and sweet. Like their colorful subjects. So without further ado . . . we bring you today's sweet little gift:
Ooohh--the camellia! Another one of my very favorite flowers. We are seeing them in bloom all around our neighborhoods right now. These tender beauties actually originated in Asia and are part of the 'tea family' of shrub evergreens; though they now represent the state of Alabama as a true heritage plant. However, it wasn't always so. In 1927, the 'goldenrod' was chosen as the state flower and was recognized as such for over thirty years. Then along came the "ladies of Butler County", and they were not as fond of it. They considered goldenrod a wildflower and thought the camellia japonica L. more appropriate, as it flourished in the warm southern climate. Invariably, the decision was changed and in August 1959, this new state flower was designated.
Varieties and colors vary from white to red with shades of pink in between--but red remains the most commonly hailed as the state pick. For color inspiration feast your eyes on these.
Camellia Japonica, Red
"Unpretending excellence"--from: Language of the Flowers Almanac