Harvest News
          March 2018
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
Leucospermum Erubescens
Springtime is the most beautiful time of the year in our flower fields. Not only do we have a rainbow of colorful filler flowers, the leucospermum or "pincushion" fields are breathtaking! From yellow to coral and orange to red these gorgeous flowers are a sight to see. But have you seen leucospermum Erubescens? This stunning pincushion has blooms that are bright yellow & orange with red ribboning.   Read More> 
BeBe and Farmer Protea Wedding Inspiration
You KNOW how much we love growing proteas! Well, we couldn't be more excited to share some homegrown protea wedding inspiration with you. Mel and I got to be on several sides of the wedding fence this month when our friends, Mud Baron and BeBe Lerner tied the knot at the Highland Springs Ranch in the Cherry Valley. Farmer (aka Mud) said they wanted proteas in their wedding but when asked to create the bridal bouquets and centerpieces for the reception, we were thrilled.  Read More> 
The Wedding Arch
Being wed under a wedding arch, chuppah or canopy is a tradition steeped with beautiful meaning for many cultures. It's a roof that symbolizes the home and family a couple will build together. And, while it's representative of a marital pact, it also implies a union with your community, as well. It can change the mood of the ceremony entirely, giving it poise and originality and it can also be fun.  Read More>   
In the Field: Berzelia   
Berzelia, the gorgeous and other-worldly botanical muse of plant lovers and floral designers around the world, are a long time favorite of ours here on the farm. But for all the visual impact these bobbles offer, their unique element of texture not only appeals to your sense of sight, but also to your tactile senses as well. Whether it's Berzelia Lanuginosa or Red Jelly, these small, round buttons are engaging, making you want to just reach out and touch them.  Read More> 
Meet Mel Resendiz...
Whether he's describing the spring growing season, the many varieties he grows or the one-of-a-kind bouquets he creates, you can feel Mel's devotion to proteas and to American Grown Flowers. In this short video, he shares a bit about his farm and his growing practices. But just wait until you get to the part about what it's like to give the gift of flowers. You'll understand - and you'll swoon.  Read More> 
Farm Tour: San Diego Gardener
Heeding the call of the San Diego Gardener, we opened our farm gate for the second year in a row to this enthusiastic group of passionate gardeners. With 2,150 plant species, San Diego County has more species of plants than any county in the contiguous United States.  The geography of the county ranging from salt marshes, lagoons, coastal sage scrub, grasslands, chaparral, oak woodlands, stream sides, mixed conifer forests, freshwater marshes and meadows, to desert makes gardening here fascinating and complex.  Read More> 
Mel's Field Notes
Hello Friends!  
It's official: spring is here (at least in the hills of Rainbow). And with spring we also welcome a new season of growth and change. Pincushion fields of red, orange, peach and yellow, blooming leucadendron and grevillea plus an array of filler flowers - all create a display of vivid color and textures in the fields.

Every spring, we like to showcase the flowers we grow that emulate the Color of the Year. Pantone's 2018 pick was Ultra Violet, suggesting that the color communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.  We only have a handful of flowers here on the farm that fit into the Ultra Violet hue but if I have to pick my favorite it would be purple Isopogon. It is definitely intriguing and looks a little cosmic. And from the 675 likes and 38 comments on Instagram and the 238 likes and 61 shares on Facebook, we're definitely going to be planting more of them in the future.

When it comes to March Miracles, not only did we experience some awesome rain, my good friend, Mud Baron, got married or 'Hitched' as in the Hollywood Reporter column that publicized the nuptial.  Diana and I had a blast putting together the all bridal bouquets and centerpieces. Not often do we have the opportunity to harvest, arrange and enjoy our flowers at an event, it was definitely our kind of wedding... 'Field to Vase'.  Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Baron!         

It would not be spring without gardens, gardeners and plant enthusiasts. It was a pleasure to host over 75 members of the San Diego San Diego Gardener Group. We had a great time showing them around the nursery, greenhouse and packing house. We talked plants, flowers, growing, propagation, harvesting and more. Our passion for farming seemed to really expand and grow this month and along the way... we made lots of new friends. 

So shake off the winter blues and prepare for April, our Field to Vase Dinner is only a week away (April 7th)... looking forward to seeing many of you here on the farm! 
Happy Easter from our entire farm family - See you in April!
                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers| flowers@resendizbrothers.com