Saturday, February 28, 2009
Camellias- Flower of the week
Chanel has used the camellia as its signature flower since its inception. A purveyor of high style like no other... the camellia embodies couture. Timeless. Elegant. Refined.
That is the essence of the Camellia; which you can now see dripping from the untrimmed hedges throughout our neighbor-
Descanso Gardens has the most AMAZING camellia gardens at this time of year. With old growth shrubs that tower up to 30 ft under a canopy of arching California oaks. So Breathtaking.
You must go there to see this yourself! And what is so marvelous about this little big bloom is it's many varied forms. Some are open faced, some are doubled up with ruffles, some wrap around themselves is soft concentric circles, some are varigated, and all of them are exceptional. So, Alice and I decided to walk the neighborhood to form a little collection to pretty up the house. Just for us! She was a fantastic little helper!
To make a simple arrangement for yourself snip a few blooms, leaving 5 to 8 inches of stem, cut the stem a few times upward to allow these woody flowers to drink, and drop loosely into a small vintage juice glass or pitcher. Then meditate on beauty.