Towards the end of January our camellias begin their show. Glossy jade leaves and glistening petals shine on dim January days. Most of my January blooms are small, so camellias fill a gap as focal flowers in designing.
Here I wired a bloom onto a hair comb for a winter formal which held up well to a night of dancing.
You can see here how white ruffly camellias could've made a seasonal substitute for peonies. They're just a little less soft looking and smaller than peonies, but so right for winter. Everything else in Holleah's bouquet was locally grown in January. (Amazing what's grown here in the "dead of winter!")
And here they make a dramatic crown with the leaves curling down onto Emily's forehead. Winter blooming daphne sends intoxicating perfume drifting around her face.
Look around for camellias when you're out walking! Next week I'll share an easy foraged camellia project for Valentines/Galentines Day for your honey, your roomie, or yourself!