DIG THIS! Green Musings from GBG

Princely Protea for our Central Coast

Not all magic is from the world of Harry Potter!

With the highly anticipated release of the final Harry Potter movie, magic is in the air! This month we’re featuring a little bit of magic whose plant ancestry goes back 300 million years to the family of Proteaceae. Sounds like Poseidon’s cousin, right? It very well could be–this exotic plant line has its origins in the coastal mountain ranges of South Africa,one of the earth’s five unique Mediterranean climates. As diverse and varied as the continent they originate from, Protea will add a magical touch to your garden and your home. Protea enjoy wet-dry cycles making them ideal for our central coast climate. With their unique shapes, their flowers add beauty and distinction to Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos, and Cambria landscapes, and cut flower arrangements as well. When the blooms in your vase reach the end of their colorful life, simply empty the water into your garden and tuck them back into the vase. You’ll end up with lovely intricate sculptures of dried material that will make unusual and attractive decorations to adorn your home. An amazing magic trick you can perform without the need for a trip to Ollivander’s Wand Shop in Diagon Alley!

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Kangaroo Paws Hopping Into Central Coast Landscapes

While you’re still going to have to visit the zoo to see the marsupials, you may have noticed these stunning plants adding vibrancy to local gardens. These flowering plants have long, flattened leaves with striking tubular flowers coated with dense, fuzzy hairs. The claw-like paw formation of the flowers gives this garden gem gets its name. Although they have no fragrance, bright crimson, magenta, pink, and yellow flowers naturally attract birds and other curious pollinators. Kangaroo Paws love open and sunny places in the garden, making them ideal for life on our Central Coast. These plants need excellent drainage and thrive with little water. Kangaroo Paws offer your garden the beauty of Western Australia, without the need for a passport!

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