Harvest News
        October 2018
Sharing the beauty of Fynbos & Australian natives, especially the family of Proteaceae!
In the Field: Protea Aurea
Protea aurea's most distinctive feature is undoubtedly the shuttlecock-shaped flower heads, measuring about 3 to 5" long, forming from a multitude of small flowers clusters ... hence the common name Shuttlecock sugarbush. Aurea starts to flower in early fall when little else is blooming in the field. Leaves are oval and egg-shaped at the base. They are grey-green, soft and velvety when young. This is to protect the delicate soft leaves from drying out in the sun and from being eaten by wild animals.  Read More>
Fall Inspiration: Pumpkins & Protea   
The vibes your autumn decor gives off depends entirely on what you pair them with. While we typically associate pumpkins with Halloween they're suitable for so much more. Left whole, they can sit at many angles to give everyone at the table a beautiful view. Cut open, they make excellent containers for flowers when hollowed out. While most popular in hues of orange, white and green, pumpkins offer wonderful new options for color schemes, especially when they are paired with protea.  Read More>    
Petal it Forward 2018 
The floral industry hit the streets once again on October 24th to Petal It Forward, and Temecula was among 410 cities in all the 50 states, plus Washington D.C. where florists, wholesalers and farmers brightened the days of random merchants, passersby and even firefighters. It was part of the nationwide 'Petal it Forward' program, sponsored by the Society of American Florists which calls attention to the variety of flowers and foliage grown in the U.S. and the positive, instant impact of giving and receiving flowers.  Read More> 
San Diego Grown Dinner 
The San Diego County Farm Bureau hosted their biannual San Diego Grown Dinner at Orfila Winery and Be Wise Ranch on the most perfect fall day - sunny skies, a slight breeze, and mild temps welcomed over 200 guests as they enjoyed savory appetizers, sipped on cider, beer and wine, listened to live mariachi music, sampled tasty olive oil, visited the boutonniere bar and finally settled in for a feast among the veggies!  Read More> 
UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale  
Fall is a very popular time of the year for outdoor markets and fairs of all kinds. And when garden opportunities arise we always try to participate in the local favorites. Autumn also happens to be the best time to plant perennials like proteas, shrubs, bulbs and even wildflower seeds. Did you know that plants established in the fall and winter grow faster in the spring and require less water when summer comes?  Read More> 
Flower News: October's Articles & Blogs of Interest from Around the World
Cal Poly students begin harvesting flowers  
to decorate school's 2019 Rose Parade float
Construction on the Cal Poly Rose Parade float is well underway. But this past week, work got started on another - perhaps more subtle - aspect of the float: harvesting the flowers that will decorate this year's entry.  Read More>

Mel's Field Notes   
   Hello Friends!    
Happy Halloween!
The pumpkins are hallowed out and the flowers arranged. Our protea harvest season is in full swing and it's Halloween once again. A day reserved to honor the souls of the past and tend to our own with a trick and a treat or two. October 31st possesses a certain kind of magic, even after you've moved on from ringing doorbells and sorting through candy collected in an old pillowcase.
The last four weeks have been filled with plenty of Treats, No Tricks: Alfresco Dining, Garden Shows, Flower Power and Farm Friends!  It has been great having our flowers at so many fun fall events. Like teaming up with the San Diego County Farm Bureau and creating the reception décor for the San Diego Grown Dinner. It's a pleasure to share the flowers we grow with friends in the community, especially those individuals who are still unfamiliar with protea. Hopefully, at events like this dinner we inspire a love for these amazing flowers as well as the desire to have them year-round.
Mid-month we participated in UCR Botanic Gardens Fall Plant Sale and the Alta Vista Botanic Garden's Fall Fun Festival. Both events provided additional opportunities for us to spread the word about protea as a cut flower and garden plant.  A few days later, Diana, Tracy, Paulette and Janice hit the streets of Old Town Temecula where they 'Petaled It Forward' sharing two protea bouquets with strangers, asking them to keep one and give one away. Many of the unsuspecting recipients were pleasantly surprised and some even wondering what's the catch?  The answer: it's not only fun to receive flowers and kindness, but it feels good to give them as well!  
Last weekend Paulette visited Belmont Village, an assisted senior living community in Encinitas where she held a wreath workshop. Seven wonderful ladies had a blast designing their own special autumn wreath to display on their doors and... they we're all gorgeous! 
   Enjoy the month of November - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

                    Hope you enjoyed this Newsletter!
                      The Resendiz Brothers Team
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