In a previous post on 24/1/2010, I mentioned that camellias are a form of super rose in the north of Portugal. However, they have other surprising characteristics as well. Because they originate from China and Japan, the time they flower was determined by the seasons in that part of the globe. Hence, they flower in our winter and spring from November through to April - namely, in our darkest months, and so they lighten that darkness more powerfully than any native flower! You see, Theodore Roethke revealed a fundamental truth, "Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light." Come 'see' for yourself!