Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Serruria


This delightful genus of forty-four species from South Africa's Cape is a popular member of the Protea family. Serruria has received its connoisseur status among florists, designers and gardeners due to its rarity in nature and cultivation, as well as its exquisite blooms. Papery white and pink bracts surrounding feathery tufts of white to pinkish flowers are produced over winter and spring. Blushing Bride and 'Pretty ‘n’ Pink' are some of the most sought after and well-know varieties currently being grown.


Serruria 'Pretty ‘n’ Pink'


Serruria Blushing Bride

It is thought Serruria Blushing Bride received its name in South Africa because of its traditional use in bridal bouquets and through the custom of young men in the Cape Region wearing the flowers in a buttonhole of their jacket when courting. Unfortunately, Blushing Bride seems to have been over-exploited as the species was near extinction or even believed to be "lost" for 90 years in the wild until conservation measures in the 1960’s and 70's saved it.


When buying Serruria look for:
  1.  Bunches with 1/2 of the flowers open. 
  2. Avoid bunches with drooping blooms.

Flower Care:
  1. Keep cool when possible. 
  2. Split bunches and strip leaves from the bottom half of each stem. 
  3. Re-cut at least ¼” off the stems and place in cool water immediately. 
  4. Always use a preservative as it will help the buds to open. 
  5. Replace water frequently.

Monday, November 29, 2021

How to Care for Your Protea Wreath


It feels only right that we look for fresh, exciting ways to celebrate the season after another year that has been anything but ordinary. As holiday wreaths go up, we love the idea of replacing the faux with fresh protea and greens. A bountiful protea wreath enhances festive d├ęcor and adds a sense of luxury and organic authenticity to a home. Our wreaths are crafted using fresh-cut proteas and seasonal foliage to ensure longevity. But what can you do to help ensure the longevity of your wreath once you’ve placed it in that special place? Follow these simple steps:

Soak to Hydrate

Whether you decide to hang the wreath in the heat of your house or the chilly air outside, these winter environments are dry, and the flowers have no source of moisture. If you have a large enough container or tub place the wreath in a couple inches of water to allow it to 'drink' from the back where the stems are. Let it soak for a few of hours, or if you want optimal results, your wreath should stay in the water for a full day.

Moisturized Often

You will need to adjust the amount of water your wreath requires based on where you put it. A wreath displayed outside in a cool climate will require misting once a day. A wreath kept outside in a warm climate or displayed indoors will need frequent watering or misting. This helps the wreath retain moisture by sealing the pores on the proteas and foliage.

Avoid Direct Sunlight and Heat

It can be tempting to place the wreath in a spot where it gets direct sunlight. But direct light can dry out the flowers and foliage, whether you place them indoors or outdoors! If you decide to hang your wreath indoors in a heated room, keep in mind that it probably won’t last as long because they favor a colder climate to thrive.

Dry and Enjoy

After the flowers begin to fade, cease spraying and let the wreath dry naturally. Protea don’t die, they dry Beautifully and will continue to spruce up your home for months.

Friday, November 26, 2021

OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC 2022


It’s that time of the year again! Come autumn we eagerly wait for the release of the Old Farmer’s Almanac to see what the up-coming year’s weather forecast might look like. The Almanac’s weather predictions are made up to 18 months in advance, but are traditionally 80 percent accurate nevertheless.

This year, Old Farmer’s Almanac comes with a winter warning: Brrr! “Prepare for a Season of Shivers. This winter will be inundated by positively bone-chilling, below-average temperatures across most of the United States.” says Janice Stillman, the editor.

For 230 years, the Almanac has apparently been helping readers get ready for winter’s worst. However, in addition to its weather forecasts, the Almanac is also known for being informative, with a delightful degree of humor. Features include recipes that make the most of the season, along with award-winning dishes and desserts that use five or fewer ingredients. The art and science of animal tracking, plus how to read Mother Nature’s signs to choose a fishing spot. As well as, reports from small farmers (like ours – Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers), including how they fared during 2020 and continue to diversify for the future.


There are also monthly calendars strewed with humor and wisdom, astronomical timetables, planting guides, and tads of valuable advice that continue The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s long-standing traditions.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Nature of Giving


The holiday season is in full swing and when it comes to gift giving, flowers are always a perfect choice. Flowers perfectly convey our emotions. It is not surprising that flowers are always present in the most important milestones of our lives. Sharing and giving flowers as a gift is a powerful act of communication with those we love, and with everyone around us.

Flowers allow you to express your unique style while delivering the freshness and beauty of nature at the same time. Your family and friends may love traditional holiday decor, but nothing quite compares to a gorgeous bouquet or arrangement. When you give fresh flowers and foliage that reflect your personal taste, it makes for an unforgettable holiday gift your friends and family will cherish.

Nature is truly the best source of joy and wonder over the holidays. Here are a few floral gift ideas that will surely bring cheer and joy to anyone!






Lovers of nature (specially proteas), it's your time to glow!