Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cinco de Mayo – A Floral Fiesta

Did you know Cinco de Mayo marks May 5, 1862, when the Mexican army won the Battle of Puebla?  The holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture in the United States, particularly in communities with large Mexican-American populations.

The energy and sheer magic of Mexican flair is often expressed through the spirited and lively use of joyful color.  Sizzling red, orange, blue, turquoise, purple, lemon, lime and pink – these passionate colors are applied to everything and are often offset with earthly shades and whites.  Mexican celebrations are an invitation to show off colorful flowers, which are an integral part of Mexico’s culture.

And for some couples, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect day to tie the knot. Take a look at these colorful wedding blogs from Style Me Pretty: 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Field to Vase 2: A Breathtaking Canvas

There is no food quite as rewarding as the food you've grown or selected from a local Farmer's Market.  Whether you're eating out or creating your own home cooked meal, there is something so gratifying about reducing the steps between the farm to the table.  And for me, the same things goes for the flowers garnishing the table, there’s nothing more pleasing than flowers fresh from the field to the vase.

At this week’s Field to Vase Dinner in The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, California, 113 guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening amidst colorful splendor on a fifty acre canvas of breathtaking ranunculus.  It was the very first time in The Flower Fields’ history that an event like this has taken place in the heart of the blooms.

Marissa Gerlach, executive chef of Vista Valley Country Club in Vista, California, was the evening's featured chef and Bess Wyrick of the renowned Los Angeles and New York-based studio Celadon & Celery created the event's floral displays using ranunculus in every hue.

Third generation flower farmer Mike Mellano, the evenings host who so generously provided the incredible venue – Canvas, personally led guests on tours of the fields and spoke about the growing and harvesting flowers.

Throughout the evening the attention was focused on the flowers, farmers and the amazing farms we are so privileged to have here in America!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


This month Resendiz Brothers had the pleasure to host a very down-to-earth and hands-on event where the members of California Protea Association (CPA) had the opportunity to share different protea varieties with one another while mastering their propagation skills.

Members were all asked to bring their favorite protea cuttings to share or exchange with others who may not have that variety.  During the meeting we were all provided a flat of soil, rooting solution and clippers if we neglected to bring our own.

Mel guided us through the propagation techniques while we built our own flat of cuttings.

This event was not just for beginners, because throughout the process the more experienced farmers were encouraged to share tips and tricks that have worked for them.

This CPA meeting definitely proved to be a unique and enjoyable experience!  We all left with the flat of stems we created and a better understanding of the art of #PropagatingProtea.  And, if we're lucky, in a few months our cuttings will develop roots and we’ll have lots ‘new’ protea plants growing in our fields.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lepto Rotundifolia

Lepto Rotundifolia, a member of the Myrtle family and related to clove, eucalyptus and guava, can be easily confused with its relative the waxflower.  Often called “Blue Lepto” or “Lavender Queen”, this Australian native is a favorite around Easter and Mother’s Day.

The long woody stems produce clusters of white, pale mauve or lavender flowers that complement the beauty of proteas as well as an array other spring flowers and foliage.

Rotundifolia is versatile and can be used in a variety of other ways.  Its long stems are excellent for adding line to an arrangement and are especially chic in oriental and contemporary designs. The stems can also be shaped into decorative handles for baskets, added to dish gardens or make a charming accent in bud vases.  Once the flowering season ends, wonderful seed pods form on the branches creating a fun and textural foliage for autumn bouquets and arrangements.

What to look for 

  • Buy stems in the bud stage to ensure the longest vase life.
  • Avoid bunches that are shedding or flowers that are turning brown. 

Flower Care 

  1. Stems should be re-cut with pruning shears. The stems are very woody and may be tough to re-cut, but worth the effort as it will increase longevity.
  2. Place stems loosely in a bucket of flower food solution and place in a cool place where they will get good air circulation.
  3. Rotundifolia has a vase life of 7-14 days