It's often said that the Camellia is the Queen of Winter and the Rose the Queen of Springtime but in my climate their reigns overlap! The result is a Regal clash! When I was a child I was spellbound by a Camellia in the garden of my school, it was planted next to a beautiful red Rosebush and I always imagined them as rival Queens, like two Operatic Divas on stage trying to outsing one another! Something like the duel of the Queens in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda!
The Camellia and the Rose: ¿Who do you think is more beautiful?
In Nature's poem flowers have each their word The rose of love and beauty sings alone; The violet's soul exhales in tenderest tone; The lily's one pure simple note heard. The cold Camellia only, stiff and white, Rose without perfume, lily without grace, When chilling winter shows his icy face, Blooms for a world that vainly seeks delight. Yet, in a theatre, or ball-room light, I gladly see Camellias shining bright Above some stately woman's raven hair, Whose noble form fulfills the heart's desire, Like Grecian marbles warmed by Phidian fire.
I don't live in a zone of harsh winters but this year the weather is warmer than normal with weeks of temperatures well over 20 C (68 F) Some plants haven't gone dormant and others "woke up" earlier than usual.
Yesterday this tropical water lily (Lindsey Woods) sent up a flower above the water and many of the hardies are sending up pads, at this time last year the pond looked totally deserted..
And the first Daffodils of this year showed up one month earlier than last year! They are so pretty!
I don't like this unseasonal heat because usually it means we'll go from winter to summer with no in between! and summer is a dreadful time for my beloved Roses!
Dear readers, from now on I will post the entries in english (or with english translations) I think is just fair for my readers and visitors considering that most of their blogs are writen in english! My english is not as good as I'd like so I beg your pardon in advance for all the mistakes I could - and will- make! See you next time!