You Say “ca-MEE-lia”; I Say ”ca-MELL-ia”

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The camellia, the Deep South’s winter belle, freshly accents the dormant garden. Its Asian invasion long forgotten, the camellia japonica is Sweet Home Alabama’s beloved state flower.  No matter how you drawl it, this flower is a cold-weather keeper.

Speaking of pretty blooms and soon-to-be spring . . . now is the time to think of planting season. The New Southern Living Garden Book—updated for the first time in 10 years—awaits your fingertips. In an almost a half-century tradition, Mom’s eager hands wore down her own copy.

The goldenrod, once Alabama’s state flower, was shunned as a roadside weed. “Ah-Choo!”
The goldenrod, once Alabama’s state flower, was shunned as a roadside weed. “Ah-Choo!”

Credits:

Camellias courtesy of C. T.  Johansson

Goldenrod courtesy of Frank Mayfield, https://www.flickr.com/photos/gmayfield10/5306901503/

8 Comments

  1. Martha Boshers

    We have gigantic camellias adorning the bushes right now. How can the blooms be displayed inside. I think that I remember my grandmother floating one in an attractive bowl. Do you or the readers have ideas or comments?

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