I hate to sound like a broken record but I LOVE CAMELLIAS!
Right now, the sasanqua camellias are blooming. These are fall bloomers and their flowers are not as large and showy as the japonica camellias which bloom in late winter and early spring. The sasanquas have a delicate beauty about them with fragile blossoms that are quick to shatter if disturbed.
This first photo is of "Bonanza" that is planted by the back door steps. This was one of the first camellias I ever planted. It is about 10 years old. It always blooms in late October. I've never had success in getting a close-up photo because the color (a bright fushcia) is hard to capture with a digital camera.
"Cleopatra" - pale, delicate pink, crepe-like flowers.
"Chansonette" - I just planted this one last year and was excited to see it blooming when we returned from vacation last week.
"Pink Icicle" is a hybrid camellia with pink, peony-like flowers. This is one of the hardier varieties that does well farther north.
A dream of mine is to one day visit the Camellia Forest Nursery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There are a few camellias that I'd love to find - "Ville de Nantes", "E.G. Waterhouse" and "Donation". If you know a source for these, do let me know.