Of course there is the other variety, Camellia Sinensis but we need to discuss that over a cup of Tea.
Since the start of developing my garden in 1999 I have repeatedly found samples of these cold climate treasures in many different forms. Low spreading shrubs with flowers 5 to 6 cm in diametre to samples as large as 12 to 15 centimetres. Right at this time of the year the smaller flowering blooms appear to be more present even though the larger flowers seem to be promised in the not to distant a future. In the shady shelter of a huge old Maple tree is a generously flowering number which has been doubling every year in size and is marking the resting place of my dear friend Erroll the cat who left us way to early and whose absence I still mourn after losing him prematurely 10 years ago. While many other specimen are resting and building up on their spring potential the small flowering Camellia specimen are cheering us up on the misty gloomy wet and rainy days, while the larger flowered shrubs are budding and are preparing themselves for a spectacular outburst of blooms soon, especially "Drama Girl", definitely a favorite.
Just wait for the Next Installment!!!