{floral friday}

{floral friday #81}

Welcome to this week’s {floral friday}!

I’ve been sick these past few days; struck down by a cold, but I’m feeling better every day and am actually heading back to work today. ;)
Luckily I’ve had my sweet husband to take care of me. He took care of all the chores, like cleaning, going grocery shopping and even brought me back some flowers for today’s {floral friday}. I love the look of this Protea!

A few facts about the Protea:

  • 300 million-year-old fossils indicate that Protea are one of the most ancient plants in the world.
  • The name “Protea” is derived from the mythological Greek Sea God, “Proteus,” who had the power to spontaneously change his shape.
  • Protea flowers are known for their long-lasting beauty. They last 10-14 days fresh, then dry to soft, muted tones that often last for several years. {source}
  • Protea flowers are self-pollinating. They have both the male and female reproductive organs on the same flower. {source}

I’m partying here! ❤

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  • Reply
    Nana Diana
    Friday November 23rd, 2012 at 08:46 PM

    Those are really unusual looking flowers, aren’t they? I am glad you are feeling better and glad that your hubby took care of you- xo Diana

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    Friday November 23rd, 2012 at 09:20 PM

    wundervolle fotos einer beeindruckenden blüte!!!
    küsschen mama ;-)

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    Sunday November 25th, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I love Proteas and have tried to grow them,, but they’ve never been a success. Our native Warataha belongs to the same family as the Protea, but I’ve never been able to grow those either. Hope you are feeling much better now.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday November 25th, 2012 at 01:10 PM

      Ohh, they really do look like they would be hard to grow. ;)
      Thank you for your sweet message, Pam. I really do feel much better.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating
    Monday January 14th, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    What a beautiful and unusual flower the protea is! I wish we had a flower market around here so I could pick up flowers for my own home. At our local groceries, we have carnations and roses, but not much else. There are flower stores, but they are more the type for flower arrangements for weddings, funerals and hospitals! Or maybe it just seems that way. Maybe I should pop in one and perhaps I’ll discover some secrets!

    By the way, my family is headed to Germany and some surrounding countries this summer for vacation. We’re super-excited, and having trouble narrowing down our list of stops during our 2-week+ trip!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday January 15th, 2013 at 09:10 PM

      Thank you so much, Hollie! :)
      You should really try the flower stores. Who know? You might be in for a surprise. Or, if they don’t have anything, you might get to have them order something for you. :)

      If you’ll make a stop up north in Germany, let me know!
      XO! Vanessa

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