Camelia is the earliest sign of Spring in our yard. We have at least 10 camelia bushes and this year they bloomed like crazy. I was picking them for weeks for short vases then the flowers dropped and carpeted the lawn with pink petals. These beauties were scooped right off the ground still whole like this so I brought them inside in my two cupped hands and floated then in a bowl of water. Have you ever watched Monty Python’s Holy Grail? If so, you know the comically gruesome “Bring out your dead” scene. I felt like these flowers were shouting at me, like the ma slumped in the wheelbarrow, “We’re not dead yet.” And they weren’t.