There are many (more than 15) varieties of Leucadendron. Leucadendron are also part of the large family of Protea. The family tree is quite extensive so if you are interested in either, check each link which will take you directly to the Wikipedia page.

When I worked in a floral boutique in Houston, we commonly received various Protea product (grown in California). Incidentally Protea is native to Australia and South Africa, and grows extremely well in California’s accommodating climate. I once spoke with a man whose family owns a Protea farm in California. As you might imagine, they like Protea quite a bit.

Here a few shots of the restaurant installations last week. The photos were shot with my camera phone so please understand why they are a little fuzzy. My camera phone isn’t one of the best, but it’s what I had at the time.

Both arrangements are in the back corners of the dining room.

Safari Sunshine with Pussy Willow

The vibrancy of the red colors of the Safari Sunshine, looked beautiful with the long stems of Pussy Willow.

Below is a better picture of what Safari Sunshine looks like.

photo of Safari Sunshine Leucadendron

from Upland Nursery


In the middle section of the restaurant (separating the bar and the main dining room) are two white boat-shaped pods. Somehow they acquired the nickname ‘Avatar arrangements’. I generally execute one of the large arrangements in the dining area, but last week I was asked to do the Avatar pods.

I really enjoyed doing both. The detail work that goes into these pod arrangements is entertaining to me.

Elements include in both pod arrangements are:

Inca Gold Leucadendron, Seeded Eucalyptus, Magnolia leaves, Banksia and thin stems of Pussy Willow.

It is hard to tell where the Banksia is in this picture. Banksia is also in the extended family of Protea. The variety used this time is brown and dried in appearance. It resembles that of an elongated pine cone (see below image corner right).

I can’t help but share this gorgeous illustration of Banksia from

Ferdinand Bauer’s Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae.

I’m a huge fan of vinatge floral illustrations.

Restaurant installations

Here are some recent  shots from the restaurant installations.

Please excuse the quality of the photo, they were taken with my camera phone.


In the entry of the restaurant, behind the host stand is a beautiful iron wall/ partition. Sitting on the edge of this wall is a large and beautiful hand-crafted pottery vessel. The idea is to put one or two elements in this vessel. As well, the element should be seen from up close and a far.

This is a composition of tallow berry I arranged in the vessel back in November. Tallow berry is wonderful. Considered a weed in Texas, it grows like crazy. But it is quite beautiful and lasts for ages dried , as is.

And here is this week’s composition.

view from the front

Elements used are pods and a type of silver eucalyptus (with out leaves).

view from the side

One of two large arrangements in the restaurant. This is composed of silver dollar eucalyptus and dogwood branches.

Let me tell you it is serious business working on this arrangement. It is large. But it is great fun to do. It sits between two banquets and is one of the first things you see when you walk in the restaurant.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with this amazing Floral designer. I began assisting her last year while she was pregnant and have since continued to work with her on her several restaurant accounts.

Red protea, camellia foliage, magnolia leaves, calla lilies

At the second restaurant install I have become in charge of the bar arrangement.

The bar arrangement is smaller and as Desi called this one (sexier). Blends well with the colored dripping glass light fixtures and the sultry essence of the restaurants bar and lounge.