Friday Flower Fiesta — #6 (March 2, 2012)

Kathy Schowe, real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, CaliforniaToday’s Friday Flower Fiesta is dedicated to Kathy Schowe, a real estate agent with Intero Real Estate in La Quinta, about 90 miles northeast of me. I have known Kathy for a couple of years through a real estate professional networking site. I highly recommend her for anyone needing real estate services in the desert cities of La Quinta, Palm Desert, and Palm Springs. Kathy is an expert on living the desert life.

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I had forgotten that Fridays are for my Friday Flower Fiesta and that if I miss a Friday my regular Friday Flower Fiesta readers get upset.

Since I had already done two posts today (Snow pictures from San Diego, California and The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego) before realizing that it was Friday, I was rushing about wondering what flowers to put in my Friday Flower Fiesta today.

I went to Ralphs a couple of blocks away to get some milk and that’s when I realized that today should be an orange day. Just in those two blocks but two different streets, I found all of these orange flowers:

Roses bloom year-round in San Diego, but orange roses are pretty rare. Most people prefer red.

Orange rose

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March and April are when the clivias are blooming. I found a couple of yellow clivias, too, a much rarer clivia color, but it’s not a yellow day. It’s an orange day.

Orange clivia

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The aloes are coming to the end of their spring blooming but you can still find some around, the laggards. Two different aloes:

Orange aloe

Orange aloe

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February through mid-April is also the spring blooming season for ice plant. If you’re ever in San Diego this time of year, the freeways are covered in purple and pink ice plant. Orange is a much rarer ice plant color.

Orange ice plant

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This is also blooming season for the kangaroo paw, so named because its racemes look like kangaroo paws.

Kangaroo paw

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I believe the following is an African daisy, which also tend to bloom year-round in our climate.

Gerbera daisy

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Last is one of my favorite flowers, a protea. My wise old grandmother in Kingsville, Texas, used to have a protea bush, but only because I bought it for my little cactus garden before she claimed it as her own. 🙂

Protea

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All pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D camera and a 55-250 Canon lens. Picture framing was done in Corel PaintShop Pro X4.

This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

12 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta — #6 (March 2, 2012)

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      San Diego has a Mediterranean desert climate, which means it’s just the water we’re lacking. Give anything the water it needs and it will grow in San Diego. One of the reasons I love it here.

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  1. Carl and Ceil Winters

    Russel – Your “orange” photo display is beautiful this week. Really look forward each week to your Flower Fiesta Showcase.
    Ceil and Carl Winters
    Complete Inspection Service
    Canyon Lake TX 78133
    830-660-0131
    “Living and Love Living and Working in the Texas Hill Country”
    2012

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  2. Sharon Lord

    I’ll get to FFF by….Sunday late-afternoon…. 😉
    Love the Clivias – have never heard of nor seen them before. Your aloes look WAY different than ours here in PHX!

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