Pretty in Pink weekend, initiated by jerztomato, has just become PiP week, and continues with this sweet pink camellia. So many camellias were damaged by the rain (and snow!) here in Southern California this winter. But this one managed to survive unscathed. (Definitely worth clicking on the image to see a larger version of this one.) Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-04-18
Camellia japonica or reticulata or ?
Just about the only thing I can tell you about this camellia is that it's in bloom now in Zone 10. Since there are more than 3,000 different kinds of camellias, the closest thing we have to an identification is a good guess, unless we get lucky and an expert weighs in. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-03-14
Best guess is that this is a single flower camellia japonica. There are thousands of different camellias, though, so if someone recognizes this variety, feel free to tell us more in a comment. The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is one of the most famous members of the family. Apparently, it's possible to grow your own tea, at least here in Zone 10, which actually sounds like fun. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2010-12-10