Camellias at Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park, Florida

Camellias changed my mind about January, a month I always hated.  Why did I always hate January?  Annoying cold weather, even here in Florida.  Also, credit card bills from Christmas shopping.  Plus some trees contain no leaves around this time of year, an unpleasant sight in my eyes.

Yet, one New Years morning, I took a walk in a local park and noticed the blooms on the camellia shrubs, a bright sight for gloomy January.  Every since, camellias ranked high as one my favorite plants.

Almost every year, I now visit Mead Botanical Garden, located in Winter Park, Florida.  As one enters, different varieties of camellias exists on your left side.

Usually,camellias bloom from November to January. Grown in partial shade, they are acid loving plants when it comes to fertilizing.

One year, with my Olympus Camedia digital camera, I photographed the camellias.

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