23 February 2010

Camellia season in the south

Camellia Garden, Charleston, S.C.

It's camellia season in the lowcountry. What a treat it is to have this splash of color on the evergreen bushes in the winter. There are over 1,000 varieties of camellias with shades of pinks, reds and white. I love the rusty edged pile of fallen petals that lay under the bushes as much as the rare perfect flowers.

A hospital donor (the Molony family) bought this garden of camellias for us. Can you imagine? What a perfect gift for a hospital. I took a detour this morning in the fog to see if they were in bloom and took these pictures.

I invited my tenants and my son to dinner tomorrow night and now I have to see if I remember how to cook. I have a giant pot of chicken and sausage gumbo simmering.