WHEN CAMELLIAS BLOOM
". . . spring cannot be far behind."
Camellias are making their first showing
this late January (albeit indoors.)
Their fragrant, colorful buds shown here
at the Linnaean House, Missouri Botanical Garden.
Built in 1882, the Linnaean House is
the oldest continuously operated greenhouse
west of the Mississippi River
(named in honor of Swedish botanist,
Carl Linnaeus, by Henry Shaw.)
The camellia collection planted here
dates back to the 1920s.
(Did you know?
The tea we drink
comes from leaves of the camellia.)