By this time each year, all of us are totally over winter. I consider camellias a true blessing, since they bravely bloom during the coldest Virginia months. In fact, it seems that they thrive on the colder weather.
These white camellias are perhaps less spectacular, but more beautiful in a purer sense.
I found a few of these purple flowers sheltering near the back door under a rose bush. I'm not sure why a few of these are blooming...perhaps just a gift from nature to make me smile.