Winter is the camellia's time to shine. In my neighbourhood, pretty much everyone has at least one camellia plant. I have three different varieties in my front garden, which I would like to showcase for this Floral Friday's "flower in focus" theme.
- Camellias are an evergreen shrub that produces scentless flowers. The flowers commonly come in pink,white and burgundy.
- The camellia is an emblem for Chanel as Coco Chanel herself loved this flower for its roundness, symmetrical petals and
- Camellia oil, which is extracted from its seeds, is a highly prized ingredient in skincare and cosmetics. It is believed to be nourishing, hydrating and have anti-aging properties.
- Camellias were first cultivated in the gardens of China and Japan for centuries and are known as the "Asian rose".
- In Chinese symbolism, the petals of the camellia are said to represent the spirit of a lady, while the holder of the petals (the calyx)
represents a young man. Because the calyx falls with the petals as the flower wilts, it also symbolises everlasting love.
Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes
each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the
flowers. To play along next time, please email me for next month's theme.