Thursday, March 24, 2011

Carolina Camellias

One of the highlights of our recent stroll through Clemson's South Carolina Botanical Garden was discovering the Camellia Trail in bloom. Above, Mary Ashley finds a pretty bloom on the ground. She did not realize that camellia blooms fall off the bush as the heavy blooms pass their peak and was disturbed to think that people had cut off the "roses" and thrown them on the ground. The garden boasts more than 400 varieties of camellias. Here are some of our favorites:

Here is a collage of all those pretty varieties. I wonder if you will find it as difficult as I do to pick a favorite.

I guess I will have to go with the pink ... and pink ... and pink.

Although you can't pick the flowers at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, you can still pick a spring dress at Shabby Apple. (Use code "alittleloveliness10off" at checkout to claim your 10 percent discount!) Register to win a dress here, and come back tomorrow to see if you won.

"I had to go back to that house… to see if camellias were in bloom." -- Lucinda Williams

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