Harvest News
          July 2017
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
It's summer: Time for Pink Ice
Pink Ice is truly the perfect summer flower. That's why when August arrives and the heat is on, we say, why not 'chill out' a bit... enjoy something hardy and long-lasting? With a few Pink Ice, some gorgeous foliage and the twist of your wrist, this beautiful bouquet will survive any heat-wave!  Read More>  
Protea Care: 10 Things You Should Know
1. Look for fresh and healthy foliage; and flowers that are evenly colored.
2. Beware of blooms that are too tight or too open. For maximum vase life, a protea is often picked when they're just starting to open.
3. Speed and care are of the essence. It's possible to extend a protea's life by several days if they are processed quickly and placed into water.
4. Re-cutting protea stems is a very important part of their care since the stem tip may become blocked and incapable of transporting water up to bloom. Cutting ¼" off the base of stems can increase the vase life of protea by up to 45%.
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Bush Lollies  
When it comes to holidays, July 20 has a little something for everyone! Not only is it Mel's Birthday, Ugly Truck Day and National Fortune Cookie Day, it's also National Lollipop Day!  Ah, lollipops... the kid-time favorite is reminiscent of Disneyland where large twister lollipops are a popular treat. What? Not your idea of a 'healthy' treat? Swearing off the fake sugars and dyes? Watching calories?  Read More>  
Congress Declares July "American Grown Flowers Month"
Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday June 27, Congressman Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July as "American Grown Flowers Month." Co-sponsored by Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-50), Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Rep. Don Young (AK-1), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA02), and Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49), House Resolution 413 declares July as the month to celebrate the economic and cultural impact of America's cut flower and greens farmers and demonstrate Congress' commitment to support America's flower farming families.  Read More> 
In the Field: Grevillea Ivanhoe
It's no secret that we love lush, green foliage here at Resendiz Brothers. Our year-round favorite? Ivanhoe... bursting with color, texture and volume. This extremely popular species of the Australian genus of Grevillea is a hybrid cultivar derived from a combination of G. Longifolia and G. Caleyi. It has beautiful serrated and deeply cut foliage with deep green leaves and silver undersides, while new growth is a bronze color.  Read More> 
Floral News:  Global demand spurs sustainable fynbos harvesting
Many species of fynbos have been exported for decades but some of them are trending in Europe, Asia, Russia and other global markets - Silver brunia, a plant with perfectly shaped silver-green baubles that is endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom, has been dubbed "white gold" because of escalating demand in the East.  Read More> 
Flowering Gums 
This summer, we're embracing familiar yet often overlooked blooms in the field: flowering Gums. The lush evergreen leaves of the Corymbia ficifolia or Gum Tree are harvested year-round and have become a popular foliage for garlands and wreaths. However, did you know that many varieties of gum produce a profusion of bright flower clusters during the summer?  Read More>
Mel's Field Note s
Hello Friends! 
This weekend I wrapped up July at the California State Fair in Sacramento working along-side the California State Floral Association and taking fair goers back in time by sharing stories about California's flower industry. And it so happens that this weekend, Resendiz Brothers was the featured farm. I was honored and thrilled to be able to share some of our history, our passion for flower farming and lots of the flowers we grow with the people who stopped by the booth. I spent the entire weekend creating bouquets and giving them away to excited contest winners. I had a wonderful time and have some great stories to share with you about the people I met and the new friends I've made. So please stay tuned, we'll share those stories with you in the days ahead.

Speaking of history, July marked our 18th year in business! When I started Resendiz Brothers in 1999 I was nervous, excited and unsure of the future. However, one thing I knew was I loved flower farming, and was passionate about protea.  Yes, my brothers may have thought I was a little crazy to start a business based around these relatively unknown flowers and foliage, but I've always enjoyed a good challenge. The first five years were all about learning sustainable farming and business practices, and how to grow Proteaceae.  Next, came the digital age... better cameras and higher quality pictures, making it much easier to show-off these fabulous flowers. And with the help of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, it's become even easier to share our world of flowers.  There's no doubt in my mind that we've come a long way in the last 18 years and proteas continue to gain in popularity.

I'm looking forward to the next 5,10 and even 18 years with enthusiasm and excitement. I still have a lot more to learn about the family of Proteaceae - growing, harvesting, designing as well as discovering some new varieties along the way!
Enjoy the month of August - I'll see you soon!

                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers| flowers@resendizbrothers.com