One of my favorite plant families is Proteaceae, of which its best known plants are Protea, Banksia, Embothrium, Grevillea, Hakea, Dryandra, Leucadendron, Leucospermum, and Macadamia. If you think Macadamia might be macadamia nuts, well, you would be right. Most of their flowers look like pincushions, which is a common name for many of them.
Except for one King Protea currently blooming near the giraffes at the San Diego Zoo, this family generally blooms when it’s hot and dry. They also don’t like a lot of water, so San Diego’s climate suits them well. Unfortunately, very few plant nurseries carry these beautiful plants, so you’re best ordering them online from some place like Australia or South Africa. If you want to see a great collection here in San Diego, head on out to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego (link to Google map) in June and July.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Proteaceae family, all of them from either the San Diego Zoo or the Water Conservation Garden:
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For this week’s Friday Flower Fiesta, a selection of pictures taken in March throughout San Diego.
Pictures 1, 2, and 3 were taken in Balboa Park, the crown jewel of parks in San Diego County and the largest city-owned urban cultural park in the United States, according to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, and who am I to argue with them? I questioned them on it one time because there are three parks with more acreage: Mission Trails Regional Park right here in San Diego, Central Park in New York City, and Griffith Park in Los Angeles. The key word in the Visitors Bureau publicity is the word cultural. None of the other three parks are cultural parks. Now I understand.
The rest of the pictures were taken at The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.
Now that we have that out of the way, Friday Flower Fiesta #12:
This past week I found some proteas blooming around town so I headed to the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College:
The Water Conservation Garden has a huge selection of proteas, and I present them to you in today’s Fridays Flower Fiesta:
Name plates for the following flowers were not on the bushes:
This morning I was scheduled to do a home inspection in Spring Valley, not too far from The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego:
My post late last night about the silkoak (I guess cutting some flowers for the kitchen table is out of the question) reminded me that the proteas should be blooming at The Garden. Sure enough, they were, and I’ll have lots of pictures in one of tomorrow’s posts.
As I was walking around The Garden taking Pictures (I took 356 in just a little over an hour), I felt like I was being watched. I looked to my left toward an open area and saw this:
I walked on and found that guy sticking his tongue out at me:
Na na na na na na.