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November Hot, Loud and Proud


End of the month = Hot, Loud & Proud where fellow blogger, Noel of A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii, challenges us to find some tropical-esque blooms.

Crassula capitella ssp. thyrsiflora "Red Pagoda"

These guys were all taken at one of my favorite gardens, Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.  We have one of these Red Pagoda in our garden…but this one was blooming like a crazy person.

Grevillea sp

Ahh Grevillea…my old buddy.  The foliage was rich, but the spiky flowers stole the show.   Frankly, we couldn’t find the ID tag on this one…so we will just call it Grevillea sp.  Anybody have a thought on the species?

Sempervivum 'Saga' "Houseleek"

Sempervivum 'Saga' - Houseleek

Here’s a flowering Sempervivum.  I never heard them called Houseleeks before.  Back in Wisconsin, I would call them Hen and Chicks.  Still on the fence which I like better.

Banksia marginata

Banksia marginata

Apparently Banksia marginata, aka Silver Banksia, can grow into a small tree.  This guy was about 15 feet tall, and full of the bottle brush-like flowers.  Not quite the exact plant, but I’ve been drooling over a Banksia Germinatrix blogged about.  Nice work.

— Far Out Flora


  1. I love your Red Pagoada. Ther’re beautiful.

  2. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos! I especially like the Houseleek and the Grevillea…

  3. aloha,

    beautiful gardens, its been too long since i’ve been to this place and it is magical. i love the crassula in your first photo and the grevillea i’m going to guess is either lanigera or johnsonii, they are very similar in form and color.

    the arboretum in santa cruz is filled with these amazing s.african and australian varieties.

  4. Those are really awesome flowers especially the first one, so exotic looking for me.

  5. I featured and linked one of your photos on my blog today! Happy Holidays and thanks for all the garden inspiration :) nadia

  6. Beautiful flowers which are rarely seen in the tropics. The Banksia is my favourite.

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