Harvest News
       August 2019
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
The Mightly Banksia
We absolutely adore the mighty Banksia! Strong, resilient and bold, this bristly protea is far from a delicate flower, yet when it blooms, its vibrancy and textures are unrivaled. From long, distinctive cylinder-like flowers to petite round blooms, there's over 175 species (including Dryandra) to choose from. And unlike many of the Australian Proteaceae, the main flush of Banksia come not in spring but in summer and autumn.   Read More>  
Creating a Fall Protea Wreath       
We're starting to see early signs of fall here on the farm! We've dusted off all the wreath making equipment and ordered plenty of extra supplies! Designing and creating a gorgeous Protea wreath is one of our favorite crafts, it's like painting but with a palette of flowers, and it definitely puts you in an autumn mode! With a dozen beautiful Protea, Grevillea Ivanhoe, Honey Myrtle, Banksia Occidentalis and Leucadendron Safari Sunset as well as Galpinii with fabulous cones, we anxiously observe as another unique masterpiece is created.    Read More> 
Gum Trees - Corymbia Ficifolia
What's trending this season? Eucalyptus... from leafy garlands, to lush wreaths and verdant displays this fabulous foliage is showing up everywhere! However, did you know that some varieties of eucalyptus produce a profusion of bright flower clusters during the summer? These flowers are not typical flowers though, as these showy blooms are made up mostly of anthers and styles, rather than petals. And in species like, Corymbia ficifolia, the buds appear in masses on a single stem that develops on the axil of the leaves. These nectar-rich flowers can be found in hues of white, yellow, cream, red, pink, salmon, orange or even bi-colors and the stamens are held in small cup-like bases.   Read More>
Protea Designs We Love
From alluring bouquets and wreaths to artistic works of art, protea are stand outs in seasonal designs from late summer through autumn.    
 
Protea stems thoughtfully display in a large galvanized basket evokes feelings of abundance and gratitude for another bountiful harvest season. This all-eximea arrangement features Susannae, one of the newer cultivars, in pink, burgundy and cream hues.  Read More> 
Flower News: August's Stories of Interest
Why Florists Are Loving Dried Flowers Right Now 
If there's anyone who knows a thing or two about flower trends, it's Chris DeMeo, wholesale florist at N.Y.C.'s Dutch Flower Line. He's privy to what all of the city's top florists, stylist, and event designers are buying and has been in the business for more than 20 years. In other words, he's seen it all (or, quite a lot). Right now, he says, dried flowers are having a moment. "It all started because people are going for colors that feel a bit antiqued with a patina to them, and there are only so many [fresh] flowers in that palette.  Read More> 


Mel's Field Notes   
   Hello Friends!
  
What a pleasant season we've had so far in Rainbow. Abundant rain, a near perfect spring for proteas, new plantings and graftings, and a mild summer (so far). The plants in the field are very healthy and full of buds that look amazing. We are looking forward to a wonderful fall harvest.
 
In a few short weeks we will harvest the bulk of our Pink Ice protea to sell by the stem or mixed in bouquets and wreaths, and then the Neriifolia or Minks will start blooming towards the end of September. The difference between the two varieties (in case you don't already know) is the Pink Ice have fuzzy s ilvery-pink bracts that overlap and a beautiful rose-colored central dome with a splash of wine at the tip. The Neriifolia or Minks have velvety pink and white bracts with black feathery tips, offering a more exotic or Parisian type flair. The remaining fall protea harvest will include, Sugarbush, Red Baron, Brenda, Obtusifolia, Pink Duke, White Owl and perhaps some Grandicolor.
 
With all due respect to pumpkins (which I love), colorful foliage is what autumn is all about! Foliage adds so much volume and texture to wreaths and bouquets. Leaf colors come in a kaleidoscope of shades ranging from lime green to gray-green and silvery shades, to blue-green and bronze, burgundy and red hues. And, there are even variegated patterns of green and yellow as well as red and green.
 
Have a wonderful month of September and a fabulous start to fall!
Happy Labor Day! 
       Mel  

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