Sunday, December 19, 2010


Wreaths are more than just a decorative touch for your door, mantle, table or wall; they have existed in various forms since the time of the ancient Romans.  In fact, wreaths were first designed to adorn the bonnets of the rich and royal.

Today, wreaths can be displayed year round and are an eternal part of the holiday season. Much symbolism can be attributed to the wreath. The shape of a circle has no beginning and no ending. This may represent the eternal nature of a god's love, or the circle of life?  Evergreens, which survive harsh winters, are often weaved into wreaths to signify immortality and the strength of life.  Protea are also very hardy, long-lasting flowers.  As the saying goes - "Protea don't die, they just dry".  A Protea Wreath can last for years!

Wreaths have become a reflection of personal taste and some are reminders of special occasions or the season. Whatever the reason, wreaths continue to symbolize welcome, eternity and a joyful spirit - so true for us here at Resendiz Brothers.  The wreath has become our company logo, something we enjoy each and every day of the year. It symbolizes our way of welcoming all our friends to our world of flowers, our passion.  However, during this special time of the year, making beautiful Protea Wreaths does seem to give us even more of a joyful spirit!

We have created many different wreaths over the last ten years and we'd like to share a few of our favorites with you.

Happy Holidays and
have a wonderful New Year!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Berzelia, is one of approximately eight species found in the Bruniaceae family, one of the few families that is endemic to the Cape Floral Kingdom. It is a wonderful evergreen shrub that grows naturally in the wild from the northwestern to the southwestern parts of the Western Cape. Berzelia was named in honor of Count Jacob J. Berzelius (1779-1845), a renowned Swedish chemist and a professor of medicine.

Berzelia Lanuginosa in the field

Berzelia can grow to more than 4 feet tall. Its branches are long, slender and straight. Berzelia has wonderful soft, fern-like foliage that surrounds the entire stem from top to bottom in a spiral-like design. Its flowers are often massed in spherical heads and range in colors from creamy white to several shades of green, yellow and some varieties are even two-toned. Berzelia flowers from winter through spring. Then after flowering, it develops attractive, creamy white seeds that can remain on the shrub for at least one to two years. Berzelia has become extremely popular among designers throughout the world for its exotic appearance and wonderful texture which compliments a range of stylist moods.

Berzelia Lanuginosa

Berzelia Red Jelly

Berzelia Galpinii

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Autumn - A Mosaic of the Season

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all." - Stanley Horowitz
A Protea heaven on earth - that is what fall is like in our flower fields here is Southern California. The colors, textures, size and form of the various Proteaceae harvested provide an array of gorgeous flowers and foliage to choose from.  No wonder this family was named after the sea god Proteus in Greek mythology, who was the prophetic old man of the sea and shepherd of the sea's flock.
Proteus protected the seals of Poseidon on the island of Pharos, near the mouth of the Nile, and was able to adopt any shape he wished.  He knew all things - past, present and future and disliked sharing his knowledge.  If you wanted to consult him you had to surprise him during his siesta and tie him up.  Even when caught, he would try to escape by assuming many different shapes.  Even if you were able to trap Proteus, he would return to his original shape, answer your questions and plunge back into the sea. 
An amazing sea god and an amazing family of flowers and foliage.

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Grevillea, beautiful flowers, unique filler, fabulous foliage and an amazing plant. This species has amazing growth habits, ranging from flowering groundcover, to beautiful scrubs and hedges, to tall colorful trees. The flowers range in color from white to pink, yellow to red and their size can be small and spider-like or large and bottlebrush-shaped. Foliage can be sharp and needle-like, soft and fern-like, or long branches with colorful jagged edges.

The Australian species of Grevillea consists of approximately 313 different varieties and 200 cultivars, and that number is continually increasing. Named for Charles Francis Greville, one of the founders of the Royal Horticulture Society in 1804, this member of the Proteaceae family is now cultivated by commercial growers and gardeners in many parts of the world. Some of the hardiest Grevillea have been grown in the United Kingdom for more than 100 years. Grevillea is also widely grown in the United States and South Africa, while the tropical varieties are cultivated in warmer parts of South Asia.

Grevillea Flowers

Grevillea Ivanhoe

Grevillea Red Hooks

Grevillea Johnsonii

Friday, October 15, 2010


Banksia is named in honor of Sir Joseph Banks, who collected the first banksia specimens at Botany Bay during Captain Cook’s 1770 voyage.  They are truly one of the best known and spectacular genera in the Australian plant family Proteaceae with nearly 170 species.  These Australian wildflowers grow naturally in and around most of Australia’s coastal regions.  Some varieties have growth habits similar to ground cover, others like shrubs and some trees.  They can now be found in a wide variety of landscapes.  Banksia flowers are generally shaped like a cylinder, large acorn or bottle brush and range in size from 4” to 12”.  Colors range from silvery green through brilliant gold, yellows and orange to violet, deep red and even black tones.  Banksia foliage varies greatly from small and piney to long and narrow to large, leathery and with deep serrated teeth.  Unlike most of southern Australian wildflowers the main flush of flowers come not in spring but in summer, autumn and winter.  Not only are these flowers colorful and full of texture, they offer a long-lasting performance as a single stemmed presentation, weaved into a fall wreath, or combined with other traditional flowers.

Banksia Wreath
Banksia Ashbyii
Banksia Candles
Banksia Speciosa
Banksia Prionotes
Banksia Coccinea

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Fynbos literally means "fine bush" and is a special type of vegetation that accounts for more than 80 percent of the plant species in South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom. Over two-thirds of these plant species are not found growing naturally anywhere else in the world.  Fynbos, one of South Africa's treasured natural heritages, consists of approximately 100 different plant families.  The three largest families are: the small-leaved ericas, the large-leaved proteas, and the grass-like restios.  It is absolutely incredible to see colorful protea, leucadendron and berzelia growing wild along the roads and hillsides.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six plant kingdoms in the world, and occupies a small four percent of South Africa’s land, yet it is one of the earth’s hot spots because of its excellent biodiversity. Currently, more than 1,400 species of fynbos plants are threatened due to human actions such as construction, agriculture and the growing economic value of these plants and flowers. 

Fynbos is one type of vegetation, there are many other types to enjoy which include fabulous trees, plants and flowers that surround us every day!   Make it a point to get outdoors, go for a walk and hear the music in nature.

Monday, September 27, 2010


This wonderful genus of the Protea Family consists of some 80 species and many more subspecies and cultivars. Once found exclusively in South Africa’s Cape Floral Kingdom, they have the sexes on separate plants and have distinctive, colorful flowering bracts and varying textures.

Currently, there are a large number of varieties being grown for the floral trade in several countries throughout the world. The best known variety being the New Zealand raised cultivar “Safari Sunset”. In the past, large volumes of leucadendron were shipped from South Africa to Europe, where it was sold in flower markets as “Cape Greens” and treated as a long-lasting filler-foliage. This image has changed with the realization that many leucadendron blooms are beautiful flowers in their own right, and as a result the demand for them has increase dramatically.

All of the varieties feature here were photographed during the late summer months when they take on their brilliant tones of reds, burgundy, and greens—a perfect addition to any fall design or bouquet.

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Often considered the most spectacular genus of the  Protea Family, the eleven species of Mimetes are endemic to South Africa's Cape Floral Region.  The name Mimetes is derived from the Greek meaning "to imitate" which refers to the close resemblance of its toothed leaves to some of its other family member, like Leucospermum or better known as Pincushion. 
Other common names for this species are pineapple bush or red bottlebrush.  These names describe the clusters of bright red, yellow and green terminal leaf bracts with a round, hooded appearance and encased white-tufted flowers which are nestled in the axils of the leaves; and displayed throughout much of the year.
Mimetes is truly one of the most strikingly beautiful of Proteas and is a prized cut flower.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Leucadendron Silver Tree

Famed for its spectacular foliage, Leucadendron Argenteum or sometimes called "Cape Silver Tree" has wonderful large, broadly pointed green leaves covered in silver silken hairs.  These leaves create a vivid display as they shimmer in the wind.

What is Silver Tree's Secret?  

You don't know whether it is a male or a female until the day it flowers and shows off with large, pure silver egg-like cones (female) or yellow pollen surrounding small silver buds (male).  The Silver Tree relies on wind for dispersing its seeds instead of having to attract birds or other dispersers.  Each fruit looks like a small nut and is equipped with a "parachute".  Once the seed is freed by strong winds, it can travel a considerable distance thanks to its design.

Silver Tree branches are stunning when used in arrangements and its individual leaves are ideal in corsages and boutonnieres.   The leaves also retain their silver color when dried, and can be painted or even used as a book marker.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Ever wonder why this exotic family of flowers and foliage was named Protea? It was Carl Linnaeus, a famous Swedish botanist, who in 1735 classified Proteas. He named them all after the legendary Greek sea god, Proteus, who could change his size and shape at will. He of course, was referring to the surprising diversity of the Protea's flowers and foliage as well as their size and growth habits. There are many examples of this diversity among the different species such as Leucadendron and Leucospermum (Pincushions), however, today we will look at a few of the different Protea .

Pictured here is the well - known Protea Cynaroides or Protea King.

This gorgeous bloom is Protea Ivy.

Protea Grandicep, the Princess, has very distinctive flowers and foliage.

It is important to note, that there are also many intriguing differences in both size and coloring amongst those flowers shown here. Protea is truly a large and interesting family with many species and subspecies, a family well worth exploring. What are some of your favorite Protea?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Protea Neriifolia – Oleander Leaf Protea

Another Fall favorite here at Resendiz Brothers! With a velvety touch and Parisian flair – this Protea more commonly called Pink or White Mink embodies sensuality and elegance. Its hardy leathery leaves help protect it against most insect attacks.

Horticulturists were growing Neriifolia in glasshouses in Europe long before it was officially named in 1810. In fact, it was one of the first Protea to be mentioned in botanical literature, and from as early as the 19th century people could buy cream or pink flowering plants from nurseries in England. It was also found in many private collections. Protea Mink's make an elegant and superb long-lasting cut flower.

Protea Pink Mink

Protea White Mink

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Protea Repens

Protea Repens or often called "Sugarbush" are some of the most underrated protea we grow. There are many varieties available today with Guerna and Helen White topping our list of favorites. The word Repens means "creeping" but there is nothing creeping about this protea, the majority of flowers have long stems and some even display multiple blooms. The more accurate and common name "Sugarbush", honors the species' reputation of producing more sweet nectar than any other protea.

Repens could be considered the first protea. In 1774, it was cultivated under glass in the Royal Collection at Kew Gardens where, in 1780, it became the first protea ever to bloom in cultivation away from the Cape. Sugarbush was also considered South Africa's National Flower until 1976 when it was replace by the Protea King.

Here in California the majority of our Repens bloom from September through January. We consider them part of our fall harvest. It is interesting to note, that the process from a tight bud to an open flower takes six to eight weeks and the seed develops over the next seven months.

So don't let the bounty of sweet nectar keep you away from these gorgeous flowers - they're wonderful in bouquets and arrangements .

Pictured here is our Repens Guerna in a hand-tied bouquet
with Brunia Albaflora.

Protea Repens - Helen White

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome to Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers........

Our World of Flowers!
Our Passion for Flowers!

This blog has been designed to serve as another means for us to share the beautiful, unique and exotic flowers and foliage we see on a daily basis. We hope to inspire you to learn more about Protea and some of the other wonderful flowers we grow.

So on this first day of September let us begin.

Pictured here is Protea King with Protea Fiesta, Red Baron & Susara.

Displayed here are several varieties of Leucospermun or often referred to as "Pincushion Protea", Banksia and Protea Queen, Andrea, Grandecep and Fiesta.

Enjoy these wonderful flowers and pictures and join us as we begin our journey to discover and learn more about these unique Flowers!