Camellias rank up in my top three favorite flowers, and I jump at the opportunity to cut them. One such opportunity came yesterday when Jennifer and Joe Steever invited me to cut from their garden to do an arrangement for our church’s worship service today. When they moved into their garden district home many years ago, forty camellias bushes were an instant garden treasure. Joe points out that he knew nothing about camellias initially, but joined the local Camellia Society to learn more about growing them. And indeed he has been successful!
A vintage variety known as Debutante, heavily laden with the most exquisite, luminous blooms ever, was the bush we chose to cut from. The blooms are reminiscent of fluffy, pink ballerina tutus. The blooms take center state, dancing their way across the green foliage. Simply breathtaking!
The camellias were inserted into a water soaked base of oasis surrounded by fresh Magnolia, Asparagus fern, Tea Olive, and Aucuba – also from the Steever’s garden.
“And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of this servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.” (Luke 1:46-50, Mary’s Song)