Here’s a story.
Camellias aren’t super common where I grew up, so when I moved to Richmond I became sort of entranced by them. A bush with flowers that look like roses!? That blooms in the winter!?
When Tom and I were buying a house for the first time, I put heavy preference on houses that had camellias and magnolia trees. My bias was so strong that one of my wise and mature friends told me she would buy me a camellia as a housewarming present so I could focus on more important home features, ones that can’t be picked up at your local greenhouse. Like number of bedrooms, for example.
She did, and I planted it in my backyard. Every time it bloomed it reminded me of her friendship.
Our new house has several camellias, two sweet magnolia trees, and so many daffodils that I didn’t notice any missing when David picked a whole bouquet for himself. (I assumed they were for me. I was corrected.)
This is my neighbor’s Helleborus, or Lenten Rose, depending on who you talk to.
I’d say these are one of my most favorite flowers, but I tend to say that a lot. I think my favorites are whatever is blooming.
Speaking of, yesterday was the first day of Lent. If you’re still looking for a Lenten devotional, here are a two great ones from my community: