Camellia japonica Helenor - very pretty bloom

One of plants in my son’s garden is this old camellia tree. I call it a tree because it has grown quite tall around 3 meters+ high. It used to be more rounded before, but my son cut many side trunks in order to have more open driveway. The main trunk is almost covered with timber planks and other stuff as the house is still under renovation, but yet it is still blooming quite nicely. 

Apparently Camellia japonica “Helenor” 1848 is the earliest striped camellia and it is also one of the earliest known Australian camellias, which is still very popular as a garden plant. The mid-pink blooms are dashed and striped with darker pink, a lovely formal double. This old hybrid is tough, has prolific and long lasting flowers. I pick a flower last Saturday and put it in a glass of water and the petals are still intact now four days later. Many other Camellia flowers don’t last very long.