Sunday, December 27, 2015

Winter Color: Leucadendron

At the dawn of winter, we’re surrounded by Christmas greens. As the season settles in, we find ourselves shifting back to more traditional foliage. By the time January’s cold, cozy days roll around? Leucadendron, please! There is such an eruption of color on the farm during this time of year. As the weather gets colder, the colors become brighter and more intense. Leucadendron seemingly ‘wake up’ and make superb winter flowers in a variety of colors and textures.

Safari Sunset, which is red or burgundy most of the year, lives up to its name in winter as it changes to ‘Tricolor’ with lovely multicolored bracts in hues of maroon, green and gold.

Safari Tricolor

And, many of our favorite green Leucadendron suddenly take on vivid shades of cream, white and yellow. Inca gold turns a bright yellow color with a touch of red on the tips. Leucadendron Gold Strike transform into beautiful yellow ‘tulips’ and Maui Sunset is simply stunning in hues of white and pink.

Inca Gold

Gold Strike

Maui Sunset

Bursting with color and texture, this long-lasting foliage will keep you happy for weeks!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Inspirational Floral News:

US (CA): Photos CCFC's 25th anniversary

CCFC's Silver Anniversary was celebrated on December 3. According to the organization, it was a memorable evening. "An evening we won't soon forget." A lot of pictures were taken from their celebration in Santa Barbara. The room was filled with flower farmers, stakeholders from throughout the state and guests. They thank everyone for a wonderful evening celebrating the accomplishments of the past 25 years! Read the rest of this article at floral daily.

Sunday, December 20, 2015


Pronounced “thrip-to-mee-nee,” this Australian native shrub produces dense sprays of petite white or pink flowers winter through spring. The small, needlelike foliage is very similar to waxflower. It has a crisp, fresh and even citrus-like aroma when crushed. Thryptomene is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is closely related to myrtle, bottlebrush, Leptospermum and Eucalyptus. Currently, there are about 40 named Thryptomene species.

The two popular varieties grown for cut flowers are calycina and saxicola: Thryptomene calycina - Commonly known as Grampians heath myrtle or Victorian laceflower, this species of white and pink flowers grows wild in Victoria, Australia, in the mountainous area known as the Grampians.

Thryptomene saxicola - Commonly known as rock Thryptomene, is indigenous to the Stirling and Eyre districts of Southwestern Australia. It grows among granite boulders, and its pale pink or white flowers closely resemble waxflower.

Thryptomenes will last for up to three weeks with proper care and conditions. 

What to look for: 
  1. Purchase flowers that have at least 1/3 of the flowers open. 
  2. Watch for signs of blossom drop or dry brittle leaves when making selections.
Flower Care:
  1. Remove the packaging and bindings immediately upon arrival.
  2. Trim the stems with a sharp knife removing at least ½” from each stem.
  3. Remove all leaves that fall below the water line.
  4. Place the stems into a clean vase or bucket with a properly prepared flower food solution.
  5. Place Thryptomene into a floral cooler at 34 F to 36 F, and allow them to hydrate for at least two hours before designing with or selling them. 
  6. Provide good air circulation, high humidity and light to keep these flowers looking good.
  7.  Recut the stems and change the water frequently.

Interesting Facts: The name Thryptomene comes from the Greek word meaning “made small,” alluding to the small size of most Thryptomene blossoms. The species name calycina refers to the prominent calyx of the flower. The species name saxicola comes from the Latin “saxum,” meaning “rock” or “boulder.”

Sunday, December 13, 2015

CCFC Launches BloomCheck

In the fall of 2012, the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) embarked on the journey of designing and implementing a sustainable flower farming program for California Cut Flower farmers. This month after concluding a successful pilot project, the CCFC’s sustainability certification program, BloomCheck, launched. This program is the result of a comprehensive study, and contributions from the California flower community as well as a two-year Specialty Crop Block Grant that was initiated to help better position California’s flower farming practices as the sustainability standard of choice for consumers and the industry.

“Consumers across our country understand the high standards and the strict oversight that is involved with growing anything in California,” said CCFC's CEO & Ambassador, Kasey Cronquist. “BloomCheck was developed to make sure our farms were provided with the credit they deserve for the work they do to meet and exceed the high bar involved with growing flowers in California.”

The foundation of the program is a self-assessment workbook that addresses all of the important production issues facing cut flowers and greens farmers in California. The workbook has multiple benefits. It helps farmers identify strengths in their flower production operations. It also helps them identify areas where improvements can be made, as well as provide information on practices that can be implemented to make these improvements.

BloomCheck is certified by Protected Harvest, a third-party certifier and auditing company. Farms are encouraged to log in to the BloomCheck online self-assessment program at, complete the self-assessment and encouraged to go for their certification.

Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers is very proud to be one of the first adopters of this new program!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

2016 Farm-to-Float Campaign

With a full-on salute to California Grown (#CAGROWN) flowers and nature's pollinators, the 2016 Miracle-Gro® Tournament of Roses Parade float is already being called a show-stopping stunner.

Life Starts Here 

For about as long as there's been a Rose Parade providing California-style relief to the winter-weary, there's been Miracle-Gro®, helping gardeners everywhere grow beautiful backyard blooms. This year is no exception. 

Miracle-Gro, now in its fourth year as The Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Rose Parade, anticipates that its 2016 Rose Parade float, Life Starts Here, will inspire people everywhere to dig in and discover their own piece of the earth - a goal befitting the 2016 Parade theme, Find Your Adventure. 

Certified CA GROWN

Life Starts HereAnd because almost nothing is more inspiring to gardeners and flower lovers everywhere than stunning, sustainable flowers, Miracle-Gro's 2016 Rose Parade float is an all-out salute to California's high-quality flowers and the Golden State farmers who grow them. Read the rest of this article at RoseParada.Miracle-Gro.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Floral News: Inspirational Stories of the Week

US: Rose Parade to promote Californian grown cut flowers

This year's Rose Parade will feature three CA Grown floats, which are being sponsored by Cal Poly, California Milk Advisory Board, FTD and Miracle Gro. The 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and themed “Find Your Adventure,” will take place Friday, January 1, 2016, followed by the 102nd Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual. Read the rest of this article at floral daily

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Kick off to the Rose Parade

There really was no better way to celebrate Miracle-Gro’s kick off to this year’s Tournament of Roses Festivities than enjoying a beautiful field-to-vase luncheon, while giving back to the Pasadena community.

At John Muir Ranch High School, the day greeted guests with blue skies and warm temperatures, making for a perfect afternoon to help support the Pasadena School Garden Program. This is the second year Miracle-Gro has supported the program through their Tournament of Roses Partnership. Miracle-Gro representatives and Ty Pennington, Miracle-Gro’s spokesperson, were on-hand to help work with the volunteers in the garden and reinforce their commitment to the community. This event was also a volunteer opportunity for members of the community to install a new pollinator garden (that includes Proteaceae and Australian wildflowers) at Muir Ranch and help distribute 100 Thanksgiving dinners.

Miracle-Gro is also the Official Rose and Flower Care Company of the Tournament of Roses for the fourth year in a row and this year their float with be certified as “California Grown”. This means more than 85% of the flowers and plants on the float will be grown here in California. We’re honored to have been chosen to contribute Protea to this year’s float. Miracle-Gro is the very first brand to invite flower farmers and customers to supply flowers for their float. In addition along with Ty Pennington and four other “Miracle-Groers”, Mel has been chosen as one of the California farmers to ride the float on New Year’s Day.

Looking forward to celebrating all things California Grown on New Year’s Day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall Fresh: Foliage

With all due respect to pumpkins and chrysanthemums, fabulous foliage is what really gets us excited about fall each year! From leucadendron to grevilleas, from acacia to eucalyptus, we simply can’t get enough of the season’s fresh botanicals. Looking for color and texture?

Foliage adds so much volume, color and texture to arrangements, bouquets and displays. Leaf colors come in a kaleidoscope of shades ranging from yellow-green to gray-green and silvery shades, to blue-green and bronze, burgundy and red hues. And, there are even variegated patterns of green and yellow well as red and green. When it comes to texture, foliage is available in lots of shapes and sizes – long and thin, oval and round, lacey or feathery, with cones, pods and seeds– the varieties are endless! These plants truly stir our imagination and keep us connected to the earth.

The autumn harvest is underway. Be sure to relish the season and make it a time to rediscover these gifts from Mother Nature!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Protea: Ever-Flowers

Did you know Proteas are ever-flowers? With proper post-harvest care blooms can last two to three weeks in the vase. Then they don’t die – they dry! Many Proteas retain their structural design and to some extent their color. When mixed in arrangements, they are as permanent as almost anything the botanical world provides.

Is there a second life? According to Martha Stewart Living Magazine Nov. 2015, “It’s a Perfect Union - There’s no rule against combining dried plants with fresh blooms; the effect. In fact, can be unexpectedly striking.” We couldn’t agree more, dried flowers can add unique texture and color to designs.

A Protea Pod or sometimes called “Protea Flat” is the wood-like base and stem of the flower that’s left after the long bracts and center dome is removed. They are great when added to arrangements, bouquets, wreaths and topiaries.

Feeling creative and enjoy crafts? Use dried flowers as raw materials for sculptural inventions. By themselves or in combination with other natural materials, proteas make fascinating ornaments, dolls and other creations.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Accessorizing with Proteaceae and Australian Wildflowers

What is it about wearing fresh flowers that makes an event feel extra special? Simply put, it’s the perfect accessory - natural, stylish, and we love it! Inspired by our wide variety of Proteaceae and Australian wildflowers (pincushions, serruria, waxflower, leucadendron and more) we perused the internet for bloggers who share our sentiment to help us dream up ways to turn our special flora into chic accessories.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Instagram: Photos We Dig

10 awesome photos featuring native flowers from East Coast Wildflowers a flower farm and a wholesaler in the Sydney Flower Market NSW. Owner, Craig Scott, has developed a new profile for Australian and South African Proteaceae and other Australian wildflowers on the Australian domestic market. “Craig has helped turn around the perception of Australian natives. He knows how to make them look natural, beautiful and abundant.”
– Flower Addict

Beautiful book Flower Addict acknowledging @craigioscott developing "a new profile for native flowers".

A bucket of goodness and inspiration from @craigioscott, we are so excited to begin our workshop tomorrow.

From grower @craigioscott, I long to be with his flowers again!!

So lucky to have the most amazing native suppliers! Thank you @craigioscott for the spectacular Eucalyptus macrocarpa this week.

Coral Flowering Gum by @craigioscott

The Most beautiful Natives. Stunning... thank you Craig @craigioscott

This week at the club, thank you for all the beautiful flowers @craigioscott !!

Native love ‬ @craigioscott

Blushing Bride I am so happy you are back in season! Thanks Craig they are gorgeous x @craigioscott

Happy to visit with @craigioscott yesterday at the farm and today at market. We love the amazing flowers and foliages we got from Craig.

To see more of Craig’s gorgeous natives checkout his Instagram feed @craigioscott.