The camellias are starting to bloom well around here and I'm loving it. This is a Kramer's Supreme camellia japonica. It's a very common variety that really thrives in the South and is a welcome delight at this time of year. The plant is evergreen with shiny leaves that resemble those of a magnolia. It's not a fast grower, so be patient. However, it is a very long-lived shrub that will give you a lifetime of joy. Most camellias don't have a fragrance and this one is no exception, but that doesn't detract from its beauty. If you want camellias that bloom in late fall/early winter, then you need to plant camellia sasanquas instead of camellia japonicas. Give any of them acidic, moist soil in a partial shade location and they will thrive.