Harvest News
        May 2019
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
In the Field: Banksia Speciosa
Like clockwork... just before the summer solstice, Banksia speciosa are in full bloom. Many of the soft, silvery-gray buds have fully opened to form long, chartreuse cylindrical spikes. Leathery, saw-tooth leaves fan out in a circular pattern from each flower's base, creating amazing natural designs. Also referred to as Showy Banksia, Green Banksia, Ricrac Banksia or Mint Julep, the name speciosa comes from the Latin speciosus, meaning 'showy'... referring to the stunning appearance of the plant, particularly its flowers.  Read More>  
Husbands that Cook Cookbook Launch     
We ask a lot of our CAGrown flowers and foliage. It's not enough to just see them while they're in the fields or harvested and ready for shipping - we want to see them in festive displays, bouquets and centerpieces, too! That's why we were so excited to partner with thefeedfeed and cagrownofficial to celebrate the launch of Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez's new cookbook, "Husbands that Cook," featuring 120 irresistible recipes that use fresh California grown produce!   Read More> 
Seasonal Gatherings  
Have you ever watched a chef shop at the farmer's market, getting excited while gathering an array of locally grown herbs and produce that will later be used to transform the evening's menu? That's me with flowers. I'm most in my realm when I'm surrounded by seasonal blooms and foliage, visualizing the myriad of bouquets and arrangements I could create. Usually, I start by considering elements like size, shape, height, color, and texture when I choose flowers, and I never know what I'll end up with until it's finished!   Read More> 
Event: Meet the Growers
To celebrate the esprit de corps of the Southwest Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), we hosted the first in a series of Meet the Growers Workshops here on the farm. All floral designers and floral enthusiasts are invited to participate in these workshops as they 'get back to the roots' and connect with the farmers who grow their favorite flowers and foliage.  Read More> 
Vine & Blooms
Why the name Vine & Blooms? There are a few reasons but mostly the name is inspired by the coming together for the love of wine and flowers. The two seem to go hand-in-hand in a beautiful relationship. Sipping on a glass of wine while creating your own special bouquet can lower inhibitions which is perfect for those who have beginner designer nerves. Floral craft activities have consistently proven to have tremendous benefits for both your mind and body!   Read More>  
Flower News: May's Articles & Blogs of Interest 
South Africa wins gold at the 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show
South Africa just won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show for the 37th time. This is reportedly the 37th time in 43 years that SA has been awarded Gold at the international flower show.  Kirstenbosch - who is representing South Africa on the show's world stage - was awarded their 37th gold for their stunning floral kingdom display - 'Mountains of Abundance', reports Traveller24.   Read More> 


Mel's Field Notes   
   Hello Friends!  
May has been an extremely busy and rewarding month for all of us here on the farm. The flowers and foliage we harvested for Mother's Day and throughout the entire month were just breathtaking. And I must admit, a great deal of the credit for our beautiful bounty goes to Mother Nature who brought us lots of wonderful rain and kept temperatures cool and breezy. The filler flowers, Leucospermum, Leucadendron, Grevilleas and yes, the King Protea were phenomenal. There's no doubt in my mind that the finest, freshest flowers made it into the hands of lots of well deserving moms!  I hope that the holiday was successful for you and your customers too.
 
Now, it's time for us to get back out in the nursery and fields. There are seedlings sprouting, cuttings rooting, plants to prune, weeds to clear and planting to be done. My hope is that these efforts will soon result in new fields brimming with even more beautiful Proteas, accent flowers and lush foliage to enjoy.
 
Many thanks to California State Senator McGuire of Sonoma County who once again is putting forth the resolution to "honor the men and women of the California grown flower industry 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! 
  
Have a wonderful start to summer - I'll see you in June!
     Mel  



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