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.
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.