The camellia (Camellia japonica L) was designated the state flower of Alabama in 1959, replacing the original state flower adopted in 1927 (goldenrod). A native of China, Korea, Taiwan and Japan, the camelia is cultivated in the southeastern United States.
Lily of the valley ~ I remember picking these for the first time when I was 3 years old. My Mom I went to visit my Grandmy and Grandpy at there home in the country. I remember bending down to pick one, and thinking how wonderful they smelled!**
God took the fragrance of a flower... The majesty of a tree... The gentleness of morning dew... The calm of a quiet sea... The beauty of the twilight hour... The soul of a starry night... The laughter of a rippling brook... The grace of a bird in flight... Then God fashioned from these things A creation like no other, And when his masterpiece was through He called it simply – Mother. "God's Masterpiece is Mother" -Herbet Farnham