1 photo: Monterey CA protea

jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)May 5, 2011

Even here in coastal Northern CA, we do get frost days and tropicals have to be sited carefully. Monterey/Carmel are 75 miles south of us and much more temperate.

Not everyone discovers the bike trail which runs parallel to, and is just above, Cannery Row, for a mile. The south end dead-ends where the magnificent Coastal Trail begins. You can then walk all the way around the rocks and beaches looking out over the Pacific, from Monterey to Pacific Grove and all the way into Carmel. Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove is wonderful, and few tourists go to it.

While walking along the bike trail in Monterey, this shrub of proteas was in full bloom and in the sunshine, an absolute show-stopper. It's amazing to see a tropical living so happily outside; even in Oakland/East Bay we can't grow these easily, if at all.

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Calamity_J(z7bc)

WOW! I LOVE orange, and this is so lovely! I also love thistles(cardoon is my fav) and this looks so thistle like! Thanks for posting!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2011 at 2:18PM
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kathi_mdgd

I love Proteas and grew them one year,and they did well,but they didn't come back the following year.Don't know if that was/is because i'm along the coast.I read somewhere once that they didn't like windy conditions and we get lots of wind coming across the canyon,from the ocean.They were beautiful though while they lasted.
Kathi

    Bookmark   May 6, 2011 at 5:25PM
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