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Proteaceae

Friday Flower Fiesta (1/25/13) — The Proteaceae family

Friday Flower Fiesta

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Proteaceae

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Picture of the moment
PICTURE OF THE MOMENT

 

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:

The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College

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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'm watching you

 

I walked on and found that guy sticking his tongue out at me:

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