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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 5, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Leucospermum 'Veldfire'

Leucospermum 'Veldfire'

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Jun 5, 2021 6:03 PM CST
Cool banner Cal!
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Fleur569
Jun 5, 2021 8:24 PM CST
This is like a "Lights, Action!!" type of banner. Perfectly lit and so intriguing for the show to start.....beautifully, artfully done.
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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Jun 5, 2021 10:52 PM CST
striking
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 6, 2021 4:28 AM CST
A picture is worth a 1000 words, so I'll let this wonderful
plant speak for itself. Smiling

Slideshow http://cal3d.com/NGA2021/VELDF...

Thank you everyone for your acorns, thumbs & encouraging comments! Smiling

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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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arctangent
Jun 6, 2021 7:09 AM CST
Great introduction to this plant via the banner. I had no idea such plants (leucospermums) existed. As always, fantastic slide show, with those great close-ups of the bees burrowing into the bloom heads. I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 6, 2021 12:51 PM CST
Thanks, Elizabeth, Margie, Fleur, & Rj. Smiling

We planted several 1 gal leucospermum sp ~15 yrs ago,
and the 4 'Veldfires' are the only ones that not only survived, but
thrived, in spite of what I thought were poor conditions.
Turns out they were in just the right spot. Whistling

~10 yrs ago I made about 60 cuttings, using root tone, and
1:1 peat moss & perlite. I thought none of them made it, but
my DW, Ginger, saw possible roots on one, and I potted it up.
It took, and after later putting it in the ground, took off,
and is now 8 ft tall. Blinking

I trim them after they bloom, and take the cuttings to a grower friend of mine,
who has the "Midas Touch", and is very successful propagating them.
In return he gives me more plants, e.g. grevilleas, which also do very well
in our soil. Win-win. Smiling

BTW, here is a 1 minute video of the bees on the 'Veldfires' .....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Next time I'll be sure to put the camera on a tripod. Rolling my eyes.


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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jun 6, 2021 5:02 PM CST
Another very cool flower, Cal! The styles coated with pollen look like little birthday candles! I enjoyed your slide show and video, too. Do you ever get viable seed?
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 6, 2021 8:16 PM CST
Thanks, Laurie!
Tons of seeds, though haven't tried to germinate them.
I think they need smoke to germinate.

Happy to mail some free seeds to anyone who wants to try. Smiling
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