"Yuletide" camellia blooms late in the year. This one was planted a couple of years ago and got off to a slow start because we had a tough winter ... at least by Vancouver standards. This year it's waist high and has some buds. One branch was pruned about a month ago to shape the plant. There were buds on the branch, so what the heck: it was put in a vase.

The foliage stayed green and so did the buds.

Three weeks later, some of the buds began to show pink at the tip.

A few days after that (and almost a month after the branch was cut) three of the buds opened into flower.

Green, yellow, red in November/December: the plant does deserve its name.

The contrast between the yellow stamens and red petals is quite dramatic.