Harvest News
         August 2017
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
Banksia Victoriae
We're feeling inspired this summer with a fresh take on a favorite orange Banksia: Victoriae or also called Woolly Orange. Lovely 'acorn' shaped blooms when they're fully developed, Victoriae starts as an intriguing woolly, greyish-white bud and becomes a brilliant orange as the styles open out. These styles form an inflorescence that's made up of hundreds of tiny flowers that open from the base, giving them a fluffy appearance. Read More>  
Farm Tour: Cal Poly Rose Parade Float Team
  The 129th Rose Parade is over four months away and the Cal Poly Float Team is out touring farms and meeting the farmers "Making a Difference" - the 2018 parade's theme. A theme chosen to honor and celebrate all of the people in our communities, who quietly and without desire for reward or recognition, act in selfless, generous and kind ways to aid or benefit others. Read More>    
Back to the Floral Future 
This summer the California State Floral Association took fair goers back in time at the California State Fair in Sacramento! Sharing the stories about the California flower industry, its history, and how flowers go from the farm, to the wholesaler, to the florist and finally to the consumer. All fair long protea were seen at the CSFA booth, used in competitions, and of course decorating the entire State Fair. Read More> 
Farm & Flower Guide: 2017 
The 2017 Farm & Flowers Guide is hot off the press and we couldn't be more excited to share it with you. It's a spectacular publication that celebrates the various flower and foliage varieties grown in America and the flower farmers who grow them. We hope this farm guide will help you plan your next event and let you know if the blooms you've been eyeing will be available!   Read More> 
Designing with Helen  
Helen Davis has always loved flowers and plants. As a young mother in Yolo County, California, she discovered the art of floral design at the local fair. Feeling inspired, she decided to try her hand at designing and began participating in the fair's annual design competition. A tradition she has held on to for the last 50 of her 89 years. Read More>
In the Field: Eucalyptus macrocarpa
Macrocarpa is a very distinctive species of eucalyptus having what Australians usually refer to as a "mallee" type habit of growth. A species that has amazing characteristics including interesting foliage, beautiful flowers, and fascinating bark. Because of the dryness of the habitats in which it evolved, this eucalyptus tends to be extremely drought tolerant, with evergreen, often wax-covered leaves, which appear in different shapes as the plant matures. Read More>
 
Mel's Field Note s
Hello Friends! 
Protea season has kicked-in here on the farm and I'm thrilled to see many of my favorite flowers
being featured in recent publications, at trade shows and even our state fair. The last month and a half has been particularly exciting as I've had the opportunity to share proteas and my passion for farming with so many friends and flower enthusiasts.

I had a wonderful time in Sacramento creating bouquets for the people who stopped by the CSFA booth to check-out the flowers and learn about the proteaceae being grown here in California. And what a treat is was to meet Helen who has been passionate about flowers for long as she can remember... nearly 89 years!  It was fun watching her in the booth as she eagerly selected her choice of flowers and foliage and created her own bouquet. It was also a pleasure to have the Cal Poly Float Team visit the farm. These students were excited to learn about the flowers being grown here in Southern California and I am certain that they returned to their campuses with lots of great ideas. Can't wait to see their beautiful float on New Year's Day. I also had the pleasure to show several Fun N Sun convention attendees around the farm as well... making for a very fun-filled week. Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and visit!

By now you should have received the new Flower and Farm Guide...it's beautiful, isn't it?  What a great resource for information about the flowers and foliage being grown in America. If you didn't get a copy along with the September issue of Florists' Review or Superflora be sure to download the link in our blog and save it for future use, it will definitely come in handy. In addition, Floral Management Magazine shared a little Protea love in the Fresh Choices section. Checkout the two articles below, Head Turners and it's protea season as I mentioned earlier, and the Power Up Your Protea article has plenty of helpful care tips.. very timely indeed! You don't have a copy of Floral Management? Just click here and print copies for yourself.

Enjoy these final days of August and summer as well - Have a safe
and wonderful Labor Day weekend!
See you in September!
   Mel
CaGrown
                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
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