Thursday, March 22, 2018

In the Field: Berzelia

Berzelia, the gorgeous and other-worldly botanical muse of plant lovers and floral designers around the world, are a long time favorite of ours here on the farm. But for all the visual impact these bobbles offer, their unique element of texture not only appeals to your sense of sight, but also to your tactile senses as well. Whether it’s Berzelia Lanuginosa or Red Jelly, these small, round buttons are engaging, making you want to just reach out and touch them.

Berzelia Lanuginosa

Berzelia Red Jelly

Berzelia belongs to the family Bruniaceae, one of the few plant families that are endemic to the Cape floral kingdom and the Western Cape of South Africa. Berzelia or also referred to as ‘Button Bush’ is typically used when its clusters of round flower heads are still closed and a green or cream color, looking much like masses of colorful peas attached to a sturdy stem. Below the flowering heads are wispy side shoots of small needle-like foliage which are grouped in whorls going up the long, woody stem.

Berzelia Lanuginosa

Berzelia Red Jelly

Sunday, March 18, 2018

The Wedding Arch

Being wed under a wedding arch, chuppah or canopy is a tradition steeped with beautiful meaning for many cultures. It’s a roof that symbolizes the home and family a couple will build together. And, while it's representative of a marital pact, it also implies a union with your community, as well. It can change the mood of the ceremony entirely, giving it poise and originality and it can also be fun.

Wedding arches are often used in ceremonies in untraditional venues and provide a festive backdrop. Particularly for ceremonies held outdoors, a wedding arch provides a unique and creative focal point. Arches now come in many shapes and forms, from elaborate floral arbors to simple fabric backdrops and help to frame the most important part of the wedding day, the union, in a beautiful way. We've found 10 more beautiful wedding arches using protea to help inspire couples planning their special day.

Marissa Maharj

The Wedding Playbook

Ruffled Blog

Hello May

Southbound Bride

Green Wedding Shoes

Mondo Floral Designs

Peninsula Wildflower

Hello May

Green Wedding Shoes

Top Photograph: At Design Maven

Saturday, March 17, 2018

BeBe and Farmer Protea Wedding Inspiration

You KNOW how much we love growing proteas! Well, we couldn’t be more excited to share some homegrown protea wedding inspiration with you. Mel and I got to be on several sides of the wedding fence this month when our friends, Mud Baron and BeBe Lerner tied the knot at the Highland Springs Ranch in the Cherry Valley. Farmer (aka Mud) said they wanted proteas in their wedding but when asked to create the bridal bouquets and centerpieces for the reception, we were thrilled. It’s not too often we get the opportunity to attend a wedding (Mel a groomsmen) and enjoy the flowers we grow and also arranged on the farm.

Let’s just say that, for a farmer who loves proteas, I was in heaven and OMG… that arch! I just love the way this wedding combined the elements of soft and strong – protea, berzelia and Australian wildflowers mixed with the dreamiest of fabrics in hues of pink and white, contrasting with silver place settings. For me, it was the perfect representation of the flowers we’re so passionate about growing!

Fun was a huge hallmark of this wedding day. Like groom - Farmer told Mel not to take his ‘wedding attire’ too seriously… only be sure to wear his hat, I got the impression that neither did the bride and groom, and everything about their big day was playful. From a witty Hawaiian dressed minister, to Bebe’s dogs, Bob and Ben, at her side and Mud’s dog, Patsy playing catch on the dance floor, it was an evening full of fun.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Field to Vase Dinner Tour Comes to Rainbow

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Here at Resendiz Brothers, we couldn’t be happier the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner starts its 2018 season right here in Rainbow on April 7th. The widely-acclaimed dinner tour is kicking off this year's circuit in one of our protea fields and will be drawing guests from across the country to enjoy this ‘safari-style’ evening among the flowers.

Rene’ Van Rems, AIFD, our featured designer, will dazzle guests with his artistic talent and cheerful wit. On Friday, April 6th, Rene and a team of designers will be creating a variety of centerpieces and displays using an array of Proteaceae and unique botanicals. Then on Saturday they’ll venture up into the hills of Rainbow to a remote location to install the entire event. Rene is already preparing for what is sure to be an amazing evening!

Here are the details of Rene’s special workshop:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Leucadendron Gold Strike

Looking for a winter pick-me-up? With one step into the Gold Strike field, you can escape to a ‘botanical retreat’ filled with rays of golden sunshine, leaving the winter blues behind. Some call this gorgeous yellow foliage – Yellow Conebush, Cone Bush, Sunshine Conebush, Sunshine Protea Safari Gold Strike or simply leucadendron Gold Strike.

Whatever you want to call this winter foliage - it is amazing during this time of the year! It’s one of the most colorful leucadendron - a cross of Strobolinum and Laureolum. Hardy and tall, Gold Strike has narrow oblong, green leaves spirally arranged on the branches. What people first think are flowers that look like yellow tulips, are actually… bright-yellow bracts or leaves.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Flowers on Your Head

If you’re a fan of Flowers, School Gardens and Kids, our friend, Mud Baron needs no introduction. A self-proclaimed “farmer, artist and teacher”, he fills his days helping kids develop job skills while creating beauty through gardening. Benevolent artist that he is, Mud recently stopped by Grand View Boulevard Elementary to show his support for LA’s BEST annual fundraiser Locally Grown: A Garden Party being held on March 15th.

Mud’s motto, “Kids should encounter nature every day” and he passes that message on beautifully through his Flowers on Your Head talent.

LA’s BEST provides an after school and summer enrichment program to 25,000 elementary school students in 198 schools in the most economically distressed neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles. Students are given the tools to excel in school, discover new talents and create a brighter future.