After an almost nonexistent winter, a very early spring was celebrated by our Camellias. We only have two plants, one red and one with light pink blossoms. Both of them bloomed their hearts out this year.
There were a few blossoms that opened too early, just in time for the only hard freeze of the year. That led to a remarkable phenomenon - the blossoms turned brown, but then they refused to fall off.
Today, a couple months after all the unfrozen buds have blossomed and fallen to the ground, there are still at least a half dozen blooms like the one above. Sad, in a way, but impressive.