I thought that this pretty flower deserved her own post. This is camellia japonica 'Kumasaka'. Normally it should bloom January through March. I'm sure the cold winter we had is the reason why it's behind. None of the other buds look quite ready to open. This flower was at the very back and close to the house, probably the most protected area of the shrub. It's almost like it's hiding and I only noticed it as I was going into our garage.
2 days ago
The lighting made it hard to show the color very well. It's much deeper pink than it appears in the picture. This camellia is planted near the front of our home for some needed color during this time of year, also because I wanted something evergreen since you walk past it every time you come to our front door. It should only get 6 to 8 feet high and 3 to 6 feet wide. It gets a lot of shade there, but seems to be happy. It gets just covered in blooms. I'll take pictures when the whole shrub is in bloom and hopefully the color will show better then.