Camellias, Showing Off In Winter

January 2, 2022

Reflections, Day 81

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”
― Oprah Winfrey

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”
― Walt Disney

I really enjoy using camellias in landscape gardens.

The plants are strong and seem to accept adversity when it rolls around. Camellias will not put up with total neglect, but they will struggle through a drought, heat, or cold while working on developing flower buds that begin to open into beautiful flowers right before, during and soon after the winter. While most other flowering shrubs are shivering, the camellia quietly covers itself with blooms.

One variety of this plant, Camellia sativa, is grown extensively in southeast Asia and the leaves are used for a popular tea that goes by the same name.

There are over 3,000 cultivated camellia hybrids but these varieties have been developed from two different plants, “Camellia Japonica” and “camellia sasanqua.”

The “sasanqua” is a smaller leaved plant that blooms earliest in the pre-winter weather. The “Japonica” has larger leaves and blooms around December, January, and February.  

I have seen camellias shaped into large accent plants, tree-forms, and even bonsais. Left to their own devises, the plant will become rather large, cover itself with beautiful flowers, and then drop the flowers to form a free-form colorful carpet.

But the part of this plant that I admire is its ability to bloom during the harshest part of the year and to use the more temperate times to grow beautiful shiny leaves while it forms flower buds for the next winter.

I do believe that there is a lesson to be learned there. I just haven’t fully processed it yet.

—john schulz

Adversity tempers strength with beauty.

Published by John P.Schulz

I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis. My writing reflects what I have learned in my search for a voice. My site publishes a daily motivational quote and a personal comment. I write an article a week for my blog, which deals with a lot of the things that I do in the garden. I am also the author of Requiem for a Redneck and the new Redemption for a Redneck--novels portraying the lives and doings of folks around the north Georgia hills. I have an English Education degree from the University of Georgia and very happily married to the lovely Dekie Hicks. You may enjoy my daily Quotes and Notes at

5 thoughts on “Camellias, Showing Off In Winter

  1. If you love Camellias, visit Massey Lane Gardens in Middle Georgia the headquarters of the American Camellia society with a really nice garden of beautiful camellias.

  2. There’s an old quote that goes: “Adversity is the diamond dust that Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

  3. There’s an old adage that says: “Adversity is the diamond dust that Heaven polishes its jewels with.”

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