Sunday, January 25, 2015

Camellias and Sasanquas

In a camellia garden…
Daughter: What’s he see in that camellia? He’s been filming that one flower for half an hour.

Mother: It’s a sasanqua. Papa is really hooked on sasanquas. Since retirement he’s gone deeply into flower photography.
Cha hua or “tea flower” (茶花) in Chinese.
Tsubaki (椿) in Japanese.
Sasanqua (山茶花) in Japanese.

Sasanqua is a species of camellia. Popular in Japan for both propagating and photographing. The flowering season for camellias is winter but for sasanquas it is longer, beginning from fall right through winter.

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