Both of these lovelies are in my home today. The tea plant, above, was a gift from Marmalady and her green-thumbed hubbie. Earlier today, DH snuck in the bud below and placed it on my desk for me to discover.
Notice the similarities between the two - both have a similar leaf shape with serrated edges. I've never heard of anyone making tea with Camellia Japonica, until I found this blog posting! You can also eat the flowers! (I haven't tried either.)
Camellia JaponicaThe DH and I mark the beginning of spring on Feb 1st. On this day, we always have fresh flowers in the house. Around here, nature does too! Snowdrops are blooming and daffodils poke far out of the ground. Pansies are doing well and people are putting out the primrose. Spring comes early and stays a looooong time.
My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
There may be fewer signs of spring where you live, but they exist if you look closely! How do you honor the anticipation of spring?
Note: I'll get back to my Darjeeling stories soon, I just needed a little break. Happy almost weekend!