Harvest News
           May 2018
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
In the Field: Leucospermum High Gold
Greens so unsullied you feel calm and invigorated. Clear, bright yellow pincushions spring forth from the robust dark green foliage like fireworks. High Golds in the fields look almost neon, and all of this natural beauty is set against a vibrant blue sky. This is springtime in Rainbow.  
 
Leucospermum High Gold is one of our favorite cultivars here on the farm and typically harvested April through June. Their fabulous foliage provides a striking contrast to yellow pincushion flower heads that are prominently displayed on long, straight stems.  Read More> 
Waratah Bouquet
Flowers are the special things that can change just about everything. From bouquets of fresh-cut garden flowers to extravagant arrangements, each inspires a burst of joy and a lot of wonderment. With spring's abundance of blooms and foliage, I ventured into the fields to see what treasures I could find to create something simply elegant.   
 
During this trip into the fields I realized the phrase 'Better Late than Never' certainly applied. As I came across two of my favorite spring flowers that typically bloom in March... Waratah and Boronia, I knew I was on the right track.  Read More> 
Behind the Scenes: Brought to You By Water
Brought to You by Water is a new outreach and education program by the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies to raise awareness about the vital importance of safe and reliable water supplies to San Diego County's economy and quality of life. Tourism, Manufacturing, Brewing and Agriculture are four of the top industries, and they power our $220 billion economy - the 16th largest regional economy in the country.  Read More>   
Eucalyptus Foliage    
Eucalyptus foliage is very popular this spring, from leafy garlands, to lush wreaths and verdant displays. We love the remarkable array of shapes and sizes that are found in nature, from long, thin, oval, round, feathery and diamond. These wonderful botanicals add volume, texture and height to decor. And when it comes to color, most foliage is green, simply because all photosynthetic plants rely on chlorophyll for energy. Green is considered a neutral color and can often be left out in planning a color scheme.  Read More>
Protea News: April's Articles & Blogs of Interest from Around the World...
Changing the landscape
He bet the farm on an unfamiliar flower¬≠-now protea  
is a breakout star 
On a patchwork of some 15 parcels of hilly land with rocky, dry soil in northern San Diego County, Ismael "Mel" Resendiz has carved out a floral paradise. His farm, clinging to steep, remote hillsides and linked to civilization with narrow dirt roads, many of which Resendiz himself built, defies convention. So does its signature product, the otherworldly but undeniably lovely protea Read More> 
Field to Vase: San Diego Zoo Safari Park 
ENVISION YOURSELF... following a backcountry road shaded by eucalyptus trees, with brilliant red bottlebrush blooms waving to you in the breeze. Follow the path of the roo as you are transported Down Under to walk among kangaroos, wallabies and more-this is San Diego Zoo Safari Park Walkabout Australia! 
 
 On Memorial Day weekend, the Safari Park will opened the new Walkabout Australia habitat, a lushly landscaped walk-through exhibit where visitors can see up close - and in some cases, touch - several species native to the land Down Under.  Read More>
Mel's Field Notes
Hello Friends!  
I hope you had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!
 
We always like to include lots of colorful pictures and useful information about Leucospermum 'Pincushions' in our May newsletter, and this edition is certainly no exception. When it comes to bright, vibrant protea, there's no better place to spend an afternoon than in fields covered in yellow and orange with herds of hummingbirds feasting and doing playful dives. This month we feature... High Golds, one of my favorites, as they seem to reach high in the sky with their yellow blooms and welcome summer with a sunny hello. There's no doubt these fabulous flowers, whether red, yellow, orange or multicolored provide an endless supply of design inspiration, even for me right out in the fields.
 
May is always an extremely busy and rewarding month for all of us here at Resendiz Brothers. Mother's Day went very well, as we harvested a beautiful assortment of pincushions, Leucadendron, filler flowers and foliage. We owe a bit of gratitude to Mother Nature who kept things cool during the weeks prior to holiday, which definitely helped a lot. Yes, it's true that a few of our Mother's Day favorites were very delayed like the Blue Lepto, Reeves Pink Bottlebrush and a couple varieties of hybrid waxflower. However, I wasn't concerned as these flowers are now being harvested and enjoyed for weddings, graduations and numerous other occasions.
 
May also brought some wonderful 'Protea' news coverage. I owe a world of gratitude to Bruce Wright at Flowers& Magazine and Shannon Springmeyer at California Bountiful for the amazing articles they wrote! Bruce did a fabulous job telling the story about the Protea family, where they came from and where they are today. He shared information about the different genera available and what's currently in bloom. Shannon did a meticulous job telling my story and how I became a protea farmer. She highlighted the many years that Diana has worked creating awareness and educating consumers about our flowers and how finally, they're becoming the 'in' thing. I'm thrilled and overwhelmed by both articles, they inspire me to continue doing what I love... Growing Protea!
 
Speaking of flower farming, last year thanks to the leadership of lawmakers in California, SCR No. 58 was introduced. This resolution was designed to recognize and honor California's flower farming families for their dedication and productivity. The resolution also recognizes the flower industry's impact on the state's economy: creating jobs, generating billions of dollars in business activity and additional taxes. With June only a day away, let's celebrate and recognize California Grown Flowers Month together!  In addition, June 28 - July 4th is American Flowers Week. It's a week-long celebration of domestic flowers designed to raise consumer awareness and unite America's flower farmers with the U.S. floral industry.    
   Have an awesome month of June!
  Mel
     
CaGrown
                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
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