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Written on March 26, 2012

They’re blooming  here now–and they’re gorgeous.   When the bloom is done, it doesn’t drop its petals and wither away: the entire bloom falls off and drops to the ground intact.   For this reason, apparently, samurai didn’t care for camellias, if you get the picture.*

*think samurai swords, head chopping, and other gory, martial stuff….



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  1. Comment by jdu:

    Oooooo – Samurai and camellias… do take a peek at the history of the Higo camellia, and others associated with samurai, especially during Edo period. Me, I love the refined elegance of the Japanese cultivars.

    March 27, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Comment by diane:

    welcome home Stephan. Everywhere I turned in NYC the blooms were so beautiful. Didn’t know about the Camellia connection. Thanks again and again.

    March 28, 2012 @ 3:39 pm