In the early morning light shining through the family room window, this semi-double red camellia greeted me over morning coffee to celebrate the February Bloom Day. I've had the camellia just about a year and have watched its swelling buds with anticipation since it was brought indoors last September.
The blossom opened on Friday (photo below) and you can see how its petals have unfurled over two days' time to a become fuller blossom.
And there's even a blossom outside today in the coldframe. The flowering cabbage is blooming and I'm hoping it will set seed that I can harvest for sowing late spring. Its yellow blossom reminds me I need to bring in some forsythia branches for forcing.