Answer: Alexandria is really at the northern end or the colder end of the range for camellias, so they are not going to bloom as prolifically as they would in a warmer climate. So the stated blooming months are what would be expected under perfect conditions rather than the marginal conditions in northern Virginia. Keep in mind too that performance can vary somewhat from year to year depending on how well established the plant is and on the weather each year. In any case I would not expect any camellia to bloom in January in your area. Your local professionally trained nursery staff should be able to help you determine which would be the best choices based on the microclimate where you will be planting them and on the usual performance of the plants you have already. Enjoy your camellias!
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