Camellia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalayas east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia.
This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā (茶花) in Chinese, "tea flower", an apt designation, as tsubaki (椿) in Japanese, as dongbaek-kkot (동백꽃) in Korean and as hoa trà or hoa chè in Vietnamese. Of economic importance in the Indian subcontinent and Asia, leaves of C. sinensis are processed to create the popular beverage, tea. The ornamental Camellia japonica, Camellia oleifera and Camellia sasanqua and their hybrids are represented in cultivation by a large number of cultivars.
The flower below is the Camellia japonica 'Margaret Davis' variety, Australian Registration No.54. It has received the “William Hertrich Award”, 1969; the “Sewell Mutant Award”, 1976 and the “William E. Woodroof, Hall of Fame Award”, 1979. Chinese synonym: ‘Kuancaidai’.
Margaret Davis was born Margaret E G Reardon in 1908, her birth registered at Katoomba, New South Wales. She married Arthur Davis in 1929 at Vaucluse. She was the second woman to hold a pilot’s licence in Australia (Nancy Bird Walton was the first and she also had a camellia named after her!)
Margaret Davis wrote several gardening books – 'Living Flower Arrangements' in 1971; 'Gardening in Pots' 1973, and 'Balcony, Terrace and Patio Gardens' in 1997. The movement that eventually became The Garden Club of Australia Inc. was founded at a meeting called by Margaret Davis at Red Cross House Sydney. Most of the thirty or so people who attended this meeting had worked together for the previous six years organising a Sydney version of the Chelsea Flower Show to raise funds for the Red Cross.
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Those are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Wow, you can even write in Chinese! Very impressive. Your camellia looks lovely, but I can only dream of groweing them. My soil is absolutely not suited for camellias. So I enjoy your photo. Groetjes HettyReplyDelete
Beautiful -I think I have seen these -not knowing it was a camellia! Thanks for hosting:)ReplyDelete
Margaret is a pretty little thing!ReplyDelete
I adore this camelia. Thanks for posting, and hosting!ReplyDelete
I like no other carnations, but those with the different colors, I find beautiful!
Such a nice color!ReplyDelete
have a great weekend ... Frauke
a marvelous photo of this fabulous flowers.
Thank you for hosting.
Best regards, Synnöve
Wonderful post Nick and I enjoyed learning about the camellia. It certainly is a beautiful flower. Yours is gorgeous! I have never seen this color combination before. Very striking!ReplyDelete
so beautiful, I love the camelia ♥
Have a nice weekend,
Those are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Nick, beautiful. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
what a lovely flower...I like the colour....
Have a nice weekend
Wonderful post and beautiful flower! Thank!ReplyDelete
So gorgeous! I loved being in Florida when the camellias were in bloom, as we can't grow them in Wisconsin.ReplyDelete
What gorgeous flowers.ReplyDelete
The colors,simply beautiful.
Have a nice weekend..
Elke (in Sweden)
One of my favorite flowers ,NetteReplyDelete
Pretty! Petals like that always remind me of the cards painting the roses red for the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland.ReplyDelete
Very pretty and a great shot, dear Nick!ReplyDelete
Have a nice weekend! Greetings, Nicole
Very pretty! Thank you for sharing at OBW.ReplyDelete
What beautiful blooms! So glad to have found you through Our Beautiful World.ReplyDelete
That's a very beautiful camellia. Thank you so much for sharing and for hosting too. Have a good week.ReplyDelete