Floral Friday - flower in focus

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.
Some interesting camellia flower facts:

- 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 simplicity.

- 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.
Do you have a flower you'd like to showcase? Join in with your "flower in focus" post and link up below. And be sure to check out everyone else's links too!

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.
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33 Responses to Floral Friday - flower in focus

OtherMix said...

These are some pretty cool facts! Thanks for sharing. :]

kidgranny said...

Thank you for sharing the fun facts about camellias! They are so beautiful. I am especially fond of the white one in the center of the photo!

Ananka said...

Stunning photos of such lovely flowers! Can't believe it's July already :-|

Samantha Heather said...

What a beautiful flower! I've always loved them. Thanks for sharing Trish. Wonderful as always!

Rose said...

Lovely camelias. Thanls for the facts sharing. I enjoyed reading them.

Rosemary Nardone said...

just gorgeous flowers So happy to be a part of your blog hop! Have a great weekend!!

Tina Bradley said...

What lovely flowers! And, glad to learn more about them! Have a wonderful weekend, Trishie. T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Pamela RG said...

The Camelia is a lovely flower. It is nice to know that the Camelia symbolizes everlasting love.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

Such pretty flowers :) Sadly the only thing Im growing at the moment is weeds!

akiko hiramatsu said...

I display flowers in the room well, too. Japan cannot watch the camellia now because in summer, but it is elegant and beautiful, so I love!


akiko

Peach Macarons said...

love camelias! so interesting to learn a bit more about them. hoping I'll get time to do my floral friday over the weekend, I've been a bit busy over the last few weeks. have a great weekend! x

My Garden Diaries said...

Ah lady!!! Your shots are stunning! And I don't have any Camellias in my garden but I have always adored them for their ever pure blooms! A wonderful weekend to you friend! Nicole xoxo

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Wow so pretty! I actually knew about the Coco Chanel and Chinese symbolism facts but had no idea about camellia oil as a prized beauty ingredient.

Rowena @ rolala loves

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your camellias are beautiful! Thanks for sharing the good information and thank you for hosting! xo Karen

Sharon D said...

Too beautiful, Trishie. Now I feel like I really have to get some for my home ;) ♥

Kati said...

Oh, these look so very pretty!

-Kati

burntfeather said...

Oh I learned so much, didn't realise they were scentless or came in such different varieties. The white one I can totally see where Coco Chanel loving!

Trishie on a side note please keep me (and my slack blogging ways!) on your floral friday email list :) I would love love to participate next month!

orchid Miyako said...

Wow; thank you SO much for this wonderful information, Trishie. Never knew about camellias are the emblem for Chanel. And the last one from you is REALLY romantic♡♡♡ Haha, my late mother must have sensed it :-)
Have a wonderful weekend, my young friend in Australia(*^_^*)

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Królowa Karo said...

Beautiful flowers! I didn't know them.

Poppy said...

Very interesting facts about the beautiful camellia flower, and pretty pictures, too! Your arrangement is very dainty and elegant and cheerful!

Thanks for hosting, Trishie, and have a wonderful weekend!

Poppy

Jane said...

i love learning about flowers. these are so pretty! even their name!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your camellias are lovely. There is something so charming about pretty blooms in little vases.

Poppy, from "Poppy View", emailed me to tell me about your blog and suggesting I add my peony post. I'll be doing that in a moment, a little bit of Canada, via Greece, arriving in Australia.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

-Karen

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Camellias are so pretty, and those facts are so interesting!

Natalie G said...

Lovely flowers, wish I had these on my table right now :)

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

Love your pretty camellias and aren't they the most beautiful flowers to bloom in wintertime when it is cold and grey.
Thank you for sharing all the interesting facts and for organizing Floral Friday.
Enjoy your weekend
Carolyn

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Trishie
Oh I love Camellias - they are the perfect winter flower.
For me they are the 'roses' of winter.
Your mixed bowl is really lovely.

Thank you for hosting Floral Friday.
I finally worked out the linky - thanks for your help!
Enjoy your weekend
Shane

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Anouka said...

Such a beautiful flower arrangement! You could print a postcard with these photos.

Chantille Fleur said...

I missed Floral Friday this month! Time just escaped me! I MUST join next month!
You know, I didn't actually realise that those beautiful flowers were camellias! They're gorgeous!

Have a great Sunday!
Sarah

Ann Grigorieva said...

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you-wee because said...

Winter? Come on, we have July... ;-)
Oh, sorry, wrong hemisphere! But even here in good old Germany the camelia bushes are blooming! For them it obviously doesn't matter if it's winter or summer.
Thnaks for your kind comment!
Enjoy your day,
Uwe.

Brandi said...

Camellias are one of my favorite flowers. Our previous owners actually planted them in our yard. The blooms don't last that long, but that just makes me appreciate their presence even more.

Brandi said...

Camellias are one of my favorite flowers. Our previous owners actually planted them in our yard. The blooms don't last that long, but that just makes me appreciate their presence even more.