The is the first camellia in our garden to burst open.
The Sasanqua is native to Japan, but well adapted to suburban Sydney gardens. With their dark foliage active between January and July, the flowering shrub makes for a good fence-liner.
They’re also very popular with the local cicada community, as the countless shells that pile up over the summer will tell you.
Visually they are very attractive, particularly through a macro lens. Each of those big balls of pollen look terrific.
My only disappointment with these flowers is that when they decide to go, they look like they’ve had a bunger shoved in the middle of them and blown to all corners of the garden.