The camellia 'Bob Hope' is a favourite among the red flowers of spring in my garden. Its golden stamens and black-red colour are irresistible. Bamboo provides a companion for many of my camellias with its shimmering light and sound contrasting with the bold dark foliage of the shrubs. Songbirds find the camellias' foliage the perfect shelter, and the flowers provide insects to feed their young. All this creates a theater of spring life.