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Camellia Sasanqua, by Britta Benson

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Here’s my response to the micro-season of the first camellia blossoms on ‘Naturalist Weekly’. I love the idea of weekly micro-seasons.

You can read Mark’s full blog post by clicking on this link:

I struggled with this particular micro season. I see camellias as early bloomers. Turns out, though, that there is one variety, Camellia Sasanqua, the Mountain Tea Plant, native to Japan and China, that flowers in autumn and winter. Roundabout now, actually.

So hey presto, my haiku about this magnificent late bloomer. I’m quite pleased with the way I sneaked in the colour of my camellia without mentioning it. Can you guess?

Camellia Sasanqua (Mountain Tea Plant)

Grown in altitude,

fragrant single flowers bloom.

Late adoration.


8 thoughts on “Camellia Sasanqua, by Britta Benson

    1. Oh, Margaret, I think I probably tried to be a bit too clever, here. I just read about the colour symbolism of camellias and it said that white flowers are a sign for adoration. I struggled with this micro season. I don’t really picture camellia blossoms at this time of year.

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  1. Wonderful haiku! I appreciate that you referenced the blooming of the Camellia Sasanqua and as a result put this haiku in winter! Well done and thanks for sharing your work and linking up. Have a good weekend!

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