Saturday, May 26, 2018

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. These industries help make San Diego County a thriving destination.

The Brought to You by Water program offers a new platform for promoting iconic local industries and building exposure by aligning them with a cause that everyone supports – clean, reliable water. Resendiz Brothers was one of the eight industry partners selected to participate in this program. Promotional materials created will be used online and during live events attended by elected officials, media, business leaders and water experts, starting with a launch event near Memorial Day and continuing into 2019. The program will offer opportunities for businesses and industries to promote achievements in water-use efficiency and the importance of maintaining San Diego’s water infrastructure.

Take a look behind-the-scenes at our day spent with the San Diego County Water Authority.

Thank you to Amy Clay and the crew from the color bar for making this fieldtrip a fun and worthy adventure. We can’t wait to see the video!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

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. There are many different shades of green - from light and dark hues, blue and silvery tones. Matching the right eucalyptus to colorful flowers can have a subtle but very powerful impact.

Here are some of the varieties we’re harvesting.

Eucalyptus pyriformia

Eucalyptus mimiata

Eucalyptus blue gum

Eucalyptus rudis

Eucalyptus sideroxylon

Eucalyptus leucoxylon

Eucalyptus willow

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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. I reminded myself that the name Waratah is an Aboriginal name for “beautiful” and the botanical name Telopea means “seen from a distance’.  There was no doubt that I'd miss any of these Waratah, even if they're late bloomers. The Boronia also couldn’t be avoided as that wonderful lemony fragrance drew me right to the petite, bell-like flowers with delicate deep green leaves.

I found my treasures and knew I could create something fabulous.

As I gathered stems of leucadendron, banksia foliage and berzelia to complete by bouquet, I felt inspired!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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. High Gold is a cross of Leucospermum cordifolium 'Yellow Bird' and Leucospermum patersonii, the pollen parent. High Gold not only makes a wonderful cut flower, but it is also a favorite among gardeners as well.

These amazing flowers add so much texture to bouquets and arrangements, and they look fabulous mixed with just about any other spring blooms.

Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

May Occasions: Gifting & D├ęcor

May always arrives with its fair share of RSVPs. From showers to graduations, Mother’s Day to Memorial Day gatherings, it seems every weekend calls for a celebration—and, of course, there are the gifts and decor. What to get? Well, if you love Protea we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top picks… our favorite things to design, create and share!




Friday, April 27, 2018

Protea News: April’s Articles and Blogs of Interest from Around the World

South African proteas are all the rage at overseas weddings -
last year we exported 3.4 million to keep up with demand

South Africa’s iconic protea is in high demand with 3.4 million exported throughout the world in 2017. The largest markets are the European Union and Russia, which represent almost half of the exports.

This is according to Cape Flora SA, a non-profit company that monitors and promotes sustainable exporting of proteas from South Africa. Cape Flora estimates that South Africa’s total fynbos market is estimated at R130 million, with some 4,200 tons of SA flowers exported last year. Read more here.


Featured Farm - Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

I recently had the opportunity to visit Resendiz Brothers and speak to the man himself, Ismael (“Mel”) Resendiz, and Diana Roy, who plays a vital role in operations. While there, I was invited to view the beautiful rolling hills of the Resendiz Brothers impressive cut flower business In Rainbow. Mel drove me up and down the hills, explaining the history, processes, accomplishments, and struggles of his farm and land. Read more here.

Rene van Rems Wows at First 2018 Tour Stop

Floral Designer Shares the Inside Story
on Prepping for a Field to Vase Dinner

You might think the job of a floral designer is singular – to surprise and delight by creating beautiful flower arrangements. When the designer is Rene van Rems, you’d be wrong.

Van Rems was the floral designer for the recent American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Resendiz Brothers Protea in Fallbrook, California. But his efforts went far beyond arranging flowers. He started by visiting the site with flower farmer Mel Resendiz to help select the perfect location for the dinner. Read more here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

In the Field: Leucospermum Flame Giant

The kind of heavy lifting we can get behind!

Leucospermum Flame Giant or also called Giant Orange Nodding Pincushion. This gorgeous cultivar typically blooms March through June and has some of the largest flower heads reaching 5 to 6 inches wide. Flame Giants were originally introduced from a seedling raised in 1974 and registered in South Africa under the name 'Vlam' in 1981. This name means "flame", "flash" or "blaze" in Afrikaans.