Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Instagram: Photos We Dig

Ten fabulous photos featuring images by Pasadena’s Muir Ranch Director, Mud Baron, whose fun and unusual floral crowns were all the rage at Coachella 2017. This year, festival-goers who made the pilgrimage to Indio came equipped with festival staples—crop tops, mesh, denim, flowers and a bohemian attitude—demonstrating why Coachella has a reputation as the ancestral homeland of the festival look. There’s no doubt Mud’s floral crowns were an opportune ‘new’ fashion accessory at the festival!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

In Celebration of Earth Day

On Saturday, April 15 at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, we celebrated the Earth and learned how to be more mindful of taking care of this planet we all call home. Resendiz Brothers was just one of several vendors who joined in on the fun during the gardens’ annual Earth Day Festival. It was a family friendly event that included: children’s activities, plant and pottery sales, music and entertainment, eco-exhibitors, artists, a Lions Club BBQ and guest speakers… including our favorite farmer - “Mel”. It was wonderful day in the garden, inspiring us all to be more diligent in taking care of our environment and the places that sustain life for all.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Rainbow in Color

Greens so unsullied you feel calm and invigorated. Bright colored pincushions spring forth from the lush greenery like fireworks. The yellows in the fields are almost neon, the oranges are flamboyant and reds… blazing. All of this natural beauty is set against a vibrant blue sky. This is springtime in Rainbow.

Every spring, I’m awe-struck by the beauty of each varying color. I am amazed by the idea that colors so bright and pure happen organically in nature. I see colors I have never seen before, around every hillside. I notice orange and peach pincushions reaching high up to the sky as the sun passes over. Bright bi-colored blooms with long spiky red pins that reach out from their yellow centers. This is the season of amazing color and it permeates all our lives. Let it inspire you and learn what each color means.

Green has healing power and is understood to be the most restful and relaxing color for the human eye to view. Green can help enhance vision, stability and endurance.

Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy.

Orange is the color of joy and creativity. Orange promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy that should be shared, such as compassion, passion, and warmth.

Red is assertive, daring, determined, energetic, powerful, enthusiastic, impulsive, exciting, and aggressive. Red represents physical energy, lust, passion, and desire.

Blue represents both the sky and the sea, and is associated with open spaces, freedom, intuition, imagination, expansiveness, inspiration, and sensitivity. Blue also represents meanings of depth, trust, loyalty, sincerity, wisdom, confidence, stability, faith, heaven, and intelligence.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring Decor: The Wreath

Spring arrives with its fair share of special occasions. From showers to family reunions, Easter to Mother’s Day, it seems every weekend calls for a celebration and, of course, there are the decorations and the gifts. What to get? Glad you asked. Our favorite decor for your door, mantle or wall has actually been leading a double life lately. A bountiful protea wreath adds a sense of luxury and organic authenticity to a room. However, when the parties over, a wreath makes a fabulous gift. Crafted with a bounty of spring flowers and foliage – blooming leucadendron, textural berzelia, lush grevillea and colorful protea, pincushions,telopea & banksia... all the ingredients necessary to create a cheerful welcome as well as a happy heart.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The UCR Botanic Gardens 44th Annual Spring Plant Sale

Spring is a popular time for fairs and sales of all kinds, and when garden opportunities arises, we always try to participate in a few of the local favorites.

Last week, we ventured out to the UCR Botanic Gardens nestled in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains on the east side of the University of California, Riverside Campus for their 44th annual spring plant sale. It’s the Gardens most popular event of the year and they always have a wide variety of plants for sale. Plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies, drought tolerant and California Native plants as well as plants that are suitable for cut flowers use…like our Protea, of course.

It’s a fabulous time of year to visit the UCR Botanic Gardens - not only to enjoy this living plant museum with more than 3,500 plant species from around the world, but to wander through the four miles of scenic trails or just relax on a bench and enjoy the beauty. Enjoy these photos…