Harvest News
       February 2019
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
In the Field: Leucadendron Harvest
Leucadendron Harvest... is what we call the perfect 'winter pick-me-up'! An Australian-raised cultivar that originated from an 'accidental seedling' of L. stelligerum! And it is obvious why Harvest is celebrated for its colorful 'daisy-like' blooms that are so flamboyantly displayed. The sheer volume of the flowers makes for a spectacular winter show.   Harvest's colorful petals or bracts take on soft creamy-yellow and white hues with a splash of rusty-orange on the edges surrounding the rich yellow-orange 'true' flower that is nestled among the bracts.  Read More>
Spring Thoughts    
Spring may officially begin on the 20th of March, but for anyone who loves Leucadendron as much as we do, spring starts in early January when the first Leucadendron take on vivid shades of cream, white, yellow, gold and maroon. Inca gold turns a bright yellow color with a touch of red on the tips. Gold Strike transforms into beautiful yellow 'tulips' and Maui Sunset is simply stunning in hues of white and pink.  Read More> 
Women's Day 2019      
Did you know the first Women's Day was celebrated in 1908 when a group of women marched on the streets of New York, demanding their rights? Since then every year on the 8th of March the world unites to support, raise, inspire and motivate women. The purpose of this day is to focus on various themes such as inspiring change, recognition of women in the arts, or the importance of education and career opportunities.  Read More> 
Color Inspiration: Orange
Some colors are simply inspiring. Take orange, for instance, it is a vibrant and warm color. It represents sun, fun, warmth and tropical settings. Orange is considered a fun color with scrumptious and delicious qualities. It boosts the oxygen supply to the brain and kindles mental activity. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and it fuels the appetite. If you love having friends gather around your dinner table, orange makes guests more social, encourages conversation and extends the meal time.  Read More> 
California Bountiful
A wet winter here in California can only mean one thing. Well, scratch that. Not just one thing, it means a bounty of wonderful things for nature. For years, this state has endured such severe dry spells that crops wither, flowers bloom erratically, fruit trees sit barren, streams dry up, and neighbors traded in their lawns for cactus, rocks and cement. But this year, California is receiving more precipitation than normal, and the results are simply glorious Read More>
Flower News: February's Articles & Blogs of Interest 
Protea plants are ancient mystery we haven't solved 
One day, an instructor brought a bouquet of flowers to a gardening class I was attending. Amongst the more common flowers was something that closely resembled an artichoke, but certainly not the kind that I have encountered on my plate! This flower would grace any festive occasion.  Read More>


Mel's Field Notes   
   Hello Friends!  
The famed groundhog Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow on February 2nd and could not find his shadow. And as the legend goes, this means we're in for an early spring. I'm told that Phil isn't the only weather-predicting rodent in this quirky 'American' tradition, but he is the most famous. And according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, his opinion is the only one that matters. Apparently, this is only the 19th time out of 123 in his recorded history that Phil hasn't been able to find his shadow.
 
It's hard to imagine that spring is right around the corner after much of the country has endured freezing conditions due to the polar vortex. In addition, California has been pounded by atmospheric rivers which led to one of the wettest days we have experienced on record. What's an atmospheric river? They are relatively long, narrow area in the atmosphere - like rivers in the sky - that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. Just a few atmospheric river events can provide California with one third to one half of its annual precipitation. Since October, San Diego has received 10.35 inches of rain, exceeding the amount - 10.33 inches - that is considered 'normal' during an entire year. This Friday, another cold storm is expected to come through dropping another inch to 1.5 inches here and there's even more in the forecast for March. But any rain water is very welcomed because 3/4 of San Diego's water supply comes from the Colorado River and the rest comes from the state water project.
 
However, despite the cold and the rain, I'm happy to report that our Valentine's Day preparations went well. Yes, many of our roads turned into fast flowing streams, a few plants slid down from the hillsides and we experienced some transportation challenges but all in all, it was a successful holiday. The flowers and foliage we harvested were beautiful, lush and colorful - some of the best I've seen in years. And most importantly, I'm grateful for all your wonderful orders, flexibility and understanding during this important and very busy time!
   
Have a wonderful month of March and awesome start to spring!
  Mel   



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