Botanical Inspiration: Camellias

I thought that featuring a Botanical Inspiration post today would be a pretty start to the week.  The botanical of choice is a Camellia that recently revealed itself in our garden.  I love how its thin flower petals are surrounded by thick glossy leaves that showcase its fragile beauty.  It's precisely that frailness and loveliness that make the Camellia a symbol of  love and devotion.  I know many who are deserving of one today (and everyday).  Take a look:

What's blooming in your garden now?

Many thanks to everyone who offered his /her opinion on my exterior color dilemma.  This week I'll reveal our house's new look.

Happy Monday!