Letters from America
Wednesday 19 July 2017
When I take my long walks in the winter evenings I often pass camellia shrubs heavy with flowers. I brought a few home this last week.
This morning I found two of my recent prizes on the carpet. They had dropped out of their bases and landed face up. It’s the same habit you see in the garden, a sodden layer of face up camellias surrounding some shrub. They defy the cut flower industry. I don’t think I have ever seen a camellia in a florist’s shop.
So this post is just because the camellias are such lovely oriental beauties. They may be domestic flowers but they don’t co-operate entirely with the domestic program.