In Bloom, Late October, UC Santa Cruz Arboretum

Protea 'Rubens' in the South African garden

Quite a few plants in bloom in the Australian garden.  
Banksia seminuda
Banksia spinulosa

Banksia victoriae and bee
Banksia victoriae
Serious plant crush on Beaufortia squarrosa.  We wants it. 

Prostanthera magnifica
Grevillea 'Boongala Spinebill'

 Banksia ericifolia
Boronia crenulata
Not labeled.  Correa is my guess. 
Banksia integrifolia
The Australian garden with orange flowered Beaufortia squarosa in the foreground.
Très beau!
We really wants it!
Banksia marginata
Regelia megacephala

Banksia with Wasp bottom, and a strange pale fly with pink wings.
Limited flowers in the South African garden, but those flowers present were spectacular.  
Protea neriifolia
Erica gilva
 Protea 'Summer Pink'
Protea 'Summer Pink'
 Syncolostemon obermeyerae
 Protea 'White Mink'
The New Zealand garden featured several blooming Astelias:
 In the California Native Butterfly Garden were the fastest flying butterflies imaginable.  There were many butterflies among the autumn's flowers, but they were too fast to catch with a camera.  
The flowers stood still for pictures. 
Considering how fast the butterflies were moving, I considered myself lucky to have gotten one not very good shot of Common Buckeye in a mass of Corethrogyne filaginifolia
 Isocoma menziesii
And lastly a weed.  Common Fennel?  
By no means was this all that was in flower, but this post is getting long.  


  1. All of these are such beautiful plants that I never see. I hopes you gets the plant you wants.

    1. So many more plants in the world than even us plant-lovers can imagine! My sister in Alaska was telling me about bird's nest spruce, (Picea abies 'Nidiformis,' ) which I've never seen or heard of. Would not grow here.

      I'll be on the lookout for the Beaufortia--it may take years, or may never appear, but that's okay too.

  2. I recognise than Banksia - they are attractive. Distinctive geometric and substantial flowers.

    1. I like the foliage a lot. It's very distinctive, like no other plants.

  3. Thanks for the peak at all these fabulous, totally exotic plants to me. I especially love the Banksia victoriae and the Protea 'Summer Pink'. These plants have such amazing architecture, as well as blooms.

    1. Many of them are exotic here, too. Happy you found the post of interest!

  4. I need to get to that arboretum. I also need more Protea (even if, after 2+ years, I'm still waiting for a bloom on the one I've got). That Correa might be the cultivar 'Dawn in Santa Cruz'.

    1. 'Mini King'? One of mine went kaput; the other is just hanging on. No vigor.

      Hope you make it to the UCSC Arb! I was hoping to get to Seaside Gardens; didn't happen. Maybe next year.

  5. Santa Cruz is pretty much the climate of my dreams, and I always enjoy a visit to this garden. Oh those Banksias !

    1. Most plants on the Central Coast look so ridiculously happy, they make me happy just looking at them.

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    1. Thanks Gerhard! We had a great visit there--had the place to ourselves pretty much.


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