Winter gardeners down South count on camellias for showy blooms
during the grayest and rainiest time of year.
Some years, camellias last all winter, but if we ever have really frigid temperatures,
the blooms will turn black and fall off. This year's blooms are some
of the prettiest ever, I think, and hey, it is late January already!
The camellia is also the state flower of Alabama.
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