During the month of January we received an above average amount of rainfall, nearly 20 inches fell – the normal amount is about 5 inches. While we got a lot more than normal, it fell over a long enough period of time that serious flooding did not occur. One of the benefits of so much rain is the show of flowers that thrive on soil which stays moist for a longer time. Cool temperatures and plenty of water are just perfect for our camellia japonica to put on an spectacular display. This year there are so many flowers that the branches are bent over from the weight, like an orange tree with too much fruit. Here are a couple more photos for you to enjoy. Click on the any of the images to see a larger version.