In Season Bloom // Protea

I've been noticing an interesting bloom popping up around pinterest.  One edgier than the peony, rougher than a rose, cooler than a carnation, it's the Protea.  These flowers, date back millions of years and originate in South Africa and Australia, but are now grown across the world.  They can range in size from 4 inches to the King Protea (pictured in the single bouquet below) measuring 8 inches plus.  You can see by the diversity of the photos below that this statement flower mixes well with almost anything, or can stand just fine on it's own.  This flower is the next big thing! 

photos: Row 1: 1 / 2 / 3 / Row 2: 4 / 5 / Row 3: 6 / 7 / 8