F: Flowers





(I stopped to do a little more protea research at the Arboretum on my way back to Pacifica today. These are leucadendrons or cone flowers.)

12 thoughts on “F: Flowers

    • Nancy Enge says:

      They do go in for colors! Definitely not plants for a tidy formal garden, either, with their sprawling ways and woody structure. I love them :)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      They look stabby, but they’re not all that prickly. At any stage of growth or decay, they’re just… not very domesticated. Part of their appeal :)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Yes, Jodi! That’s one of the appealing things about proteas: the cut flowers last a long time, and they dry into fantastic shapes. Not for the genteel I’d guess, but for those of us who appreciate a natural appearance of things, proteas deliver :)

  1. Megan says:

    Dried proteas, especially the King Protea, are often used as decoration in South Africa. A few decades ago, if you lived in a house with a fireplace, during the summer when the fireplace was not in use, a floral arrangement of dried proteas would be the appropriate thing to display inside it.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      What a charming custom! I was able to take photos of the various stages of bloom and fade, all on one bush, on my last visit to the UCSC Arboretum. Fantastic shapes!

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