This is not a picture of the fifth hakea I have murdered in my garden. The hakea in question has taken up residence in my compost heap, a carbonised shell of its former self. Am now officially banning myself from fraternising with any member of the genus. I imagine this will be welcome news to all the hakeas sitting on garden nursery shelves in the Canberra region who have taken to hiding amongst the wisteria when they see me coming. Not that I'm swearing off the proteaceae family all together, the above is a splendid Leucospermum cordifolium x glabrum specimen that is, at least the last time I looked, still alive. Fingers crossed that it remains that way.