Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unique Wedding Bouquets: The Protea

It's exciting to be posting pictures from Rene' van Rems new book Rene's Bouquets for Brides, and from his recent presentation during the California State Floral Association Annual Event"Bouquet Bash" - "Wedding Floral Demonstration and Fashion Showcase". Here are eight gorgeous bouquets designed using many different varieties of protea - a beautiful choice for wedding flowers with so many rich, earthy colors and unusual textures.

A King protea is already like a bouquet in itself. Here, additional petals were added to make it even larger and fuller - Rene's Bouquets for Brides - page 34.

Knotted loops of two-tone, moiré ribbon are used to create a collar for a bouquet of scarlet ribbon leucospermum, enhanced with clear beads and beaded wire - Rene's Bouquets for Brides - page 101.

A collar of berzelia buttons and black ostrich feathers, ringed by silver tree protea foliage, provides an exotic foil for the bronze cymbidium orchids Rene's Bouquets for Brides - page 100.

Cymbidium orchids, berzelia berries, leucadendron conicum and other tropical materials from Hawaii nestled in the heart of this bouquet - Rene's Bouquets for Brides - page 106.

Protea blue mink, roses, hydrangeas and cotinus - "Bouquet Bash"

Protea white owl, roses, stock, alstroemeria and chrysanthemum - "Bouquet Bash"

Protea king and leucadendron jester - "Bouquet Bash"

It’s obvious, that Protea, although beautiful on their own, become even more spectacular when arranged with other flowers, as they as do in these unique bouquets! To get more information on Rene’ Bouquets for Brides go to:"

Friday, October 21, 2011

‘Going Green’ is In

The color of nature, expressing environmental concern, good health and renewal, green is comforting and relaxing, refreshing and revitalizing. Green symbolizes new life and freshness and is a crucial color in flower arranging. It balances arrangements, fills in holes and as a neutral color, provides a resting place for the eye. It’s not often that green is the focus of an arrangement, which is a shame with so many beautiful flowers and foliage to choose from! Here are just some of our favorite blooms in an array of green tones:

Banksia Speciosa

Leucadendron Tintum

Banksia Robur

Leucadendron Elemense

Brunia Albiflora

Leucadendron Discolor


Leucadendron Goblet

Kangaroo Paw Macropidia Fuliginosa

Protea Neriifolia

Banksia Baxteri

Green - The color for all seasons!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn's Protea Harvest

There is no place I would rather be in autumn than in my protea fields. I always enjoy the amazing display of pink, red and white protea, the sound of bees hard at work and the warmth from the sun as it slowly sets over my fields.

Protea plants line the fields with flowers that have burst into bloom, looking like splendid candles on a Christmas tree.

As the protea harvest begins, each flower is a pleasant reminder of this special season.

And as the sun warms my body, these beautiful flowers feed my soul.

Monday through Sunday we fill up bucket after bucket with vibrant protea.

Never forgetting, it’s always important to take a moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor!

Finally, with each truck load of protea, I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be a flower farmer!!!

"More than anything I must have flowers always, always". – Claude Monet

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Creating a Fabulous Fall Arrangement

Just like the childhood draw of a box of 68 crayons, a field full of colorful protea and foliage stirs emotions and encourages the imagination.  Warm and cool colors combine to make beautiful statements, some powerful, and others tranquil.  Rich reds, deep pinks, and cool greens can come together to make stunning arrangements that remind us of the season. Watch as Susan takes fresh flowers from our fields and create this fabulous fall arrangement…....

We begin with an interesting rustic container.

Add two banksia menziesii, some grevillea red hooks and hakea foliage.

Insert two beautiful protea eximia.

Add a protea pink ice.

Spice it up with a few protea red baron, bankisia occidentalis and pomegranate.

Mix in some jacaranda leaves, kangaroo paws and australian pine.
Finally, relax and enjoy the pleasure that flowers add to your life!!!