Now that winter has taken its grip, I find joy in the blooming of our Camellia in our solarium. The blooms have been slowly developing for the past couple of months. Although it is a hardy hybrid, I brought it indoors to enjoy the show. I have kept the plant fertilized and well watered and finally this week it has started to bloom spectacularly. It is a broadleaf evergreen shrub native to China with glossy deep green foliage and it flowers through the winter and into spring. “According to the Chinese, the petals reflect the spirit of a lady and the holder of the petals(the calyx) represents the young man entrusted by the lady as her protector. “ It is given by young lovers as a symbol of devotion for one another.