Posts Tagged “American grown”
For today’s Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson reviews some great product from Oregon. A great selection of summer flowers: Hopleys pink and purple oregano, Echinops, blackberries, white oregano, Kent’s Beauty oregano, Physostegia (obedient plant), Blue Muffin viburnum, eryngium.
David Dahlson gives an overview of American Flowers Week and presents some great options of American grown flowers that you may see in your Mayesh cooler – foxglove, cornflowers, ranunculus, tulips, grapevine, and ninebark.
If you love artichokes as much as I do, you’ll love this awesome post about locally grown Arizona artichokes! When Sabrina saw these beauties in our Phoenix cooler, she couldn’t not learn more. Keep reading to find out what she discovered!
Guest Blogger: Sabrina Mesa
When you think of Arizona this is usually what people think about…
Cacti, cacti everywhere!! Most people are pretty surprised that Arizona is more than just cacti and dirt. The Arizona desert is actually a very diverse ecosystem with more than just prickly plants. According to the National Park Service:
The Sonoran Desert is thought to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America, and that diversity occurs over relatively fine spatial scales. The Sonoran Desert is home to at least 60 species of mammals, more than 350 bird species, 20 amphibians, some 100 reptiles, and about 30 species of native fish. More than 2,000 species of plants have been identified in the Sonoran Desert…
I am an Arizona native and I cannot believe that all these years Arizona can still surprise me. The biggest surprise came when I went to visit our Phoenix branch. In their cooler I saw these beauties:
This is one stem of an Artichoke Blossom. ONE stem with four massive artichokes!! I could not believe my eyes. The bloom was so large and the color of the artichoke leaves were such a beautiful shade of purple. As I looked at the rest of the inventory I noticed most of the stems were just as large and just as impressive.
Where did all these artichokes come from? I finally went into the office and asked the buyer and she was like “They are locally grown.” WHAT??????!!!! No way!! I kept telling her that there is no way those massive artichokes were grown in Arizona. Of course I was wrong and boy oh boy I was happy to be wrong. Check these out…
Not only are they locally grown but they are organic as well. The farmer uses only lady bugs as a means to keep the bad bugs away. What a great find! The farmer is an Italian born gentleman who is as passionate about his crop as the artichokes are large. He stopped by and gave me a little background. He said that he started out in Mexico with artichokes and asparagus, but the artichokes didn’t do as well as he had hoped. He moved his crop to Phoenix, and lo and behold the soil gave him a big vibrant crop! He said that the soil in Arizona is by far the largest success factor.
From now on hopefully you all think of Artichokes and Cacti when you think of Arizona. They are both pretty great but one is a little easier to work into an arrangement 😉
Guest Blogger: Shelley Anders – Mayesh Carlsbad Branch Buyer
The Carlsbad Mayesh crew had a fantastic evening under the stars and amidst the beautiful ranunculus of the famous Carlsbad flower fields on Wednesday night. Mayesh was one of the sponsors of the Field to Vase event. It was a huge success and completely sold out again this year, with many of our local growers and florists attending the dinner tour. It was a magical evening with cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean, locally prepared food, wine and craft beer from Terra Catering, as well as cheerful, seasonal and locally grown flowers from Flower Duet. We had many guest speakers who gave us a real insight into the culture of the Carlsbad growing region and what it means to be a California farmer. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to feast among the flora and get to know our local florist friends and growers on a more intimate level. Thank you to our hosts and all involved who gave us an unforgettable experience. Please visit American Grown Flowers to get more information on this not to be missed event!
I’m back with a great update from our awesome purchasing department! Here’s the latest on what’s going on in the world of cut flowers:
Acacia Bagged- finished
Acacia flower non bagged- finished
Agonis Green still limited
Agonis Brown available
Anemones going strong
Artichokes – burgundy and green available
Artichokes Baby – burgundy is back
Aster Matsumoto – peach, yellow, white very hard to get
Banksia-none locally- import quality questionable
Boronia heather: pink and yellow available
Bouvardia- limited locally- available import
Berzillea green- limited- last week
Brunia silver- off crop
Bupleurum- good supply
Camelia- off crop- new growth
Celosia- Import only
Clematis domestic just starting
Craspedia good numbers locally
Daffodils- import only
Delph bella light and dark blue- available
Delph White- almost impossible to get
Delph Hybrid- coming on locally heavy dark blue and purple, white as always is limited
Dogwood Blooming-green pod available
Dubium- local available white, yellow, orange, peach
Eucalyptus gunni/parvafolia small leaf eucs are still hit and miss mostly gunni now
Eucalyptus feather/willow off for 2 weeks
Eucalyptus seeded still limited
French Tulips- available locally
Gardenia garb and garw are good supply
Grevillea Flowering- Available
Heather French finished
Honeysuckle not yet
Hyacinth- local and import available
Hydrangea – colors import
Japanese Product- almost finished- don’t count on it
Jasmine- good numbers
Lilac Local- available
Lisianthus- limited locally but short and pricey, we are still import
Magnolia blooming –finished
Passion vine – hit and miss still early for most or it. Coral only
Piers Japonica-flowering finished local, green and red buds available dutch
Peony- local and import available
Poppy Hybrid- finished import –keep getting held. Local limited
Poppy Pods- Limited
Protea-Blushing Bride- finished for now
Protea white- extremely limited
Protea- King Pink- available
Protea-King White very hard to find
Protea pincushion- mostly orange, yellow starting
Protea- Whites extremely limited
Queen Anne’s lace –extremely limited, pricey if available
Queen Anne’s Lace- Chocolate-available
Quince Blossom- Finished
Ranunculus- local production is slowing
Raspberries – not available
Rice flower light pink in season now, white limited
Scabiosa Black/Burg- local limited, available import
Scabiosa caucascia white and lavender limited locally
Scabiosa ball- red, pink, purple, white-available import
Scabiosa Pods- import only
Smilax-Bag- kohara is limited
Smilax- Southern – LIMITED main supplier off crop until July
Snapdragon peach- not available
Snowberry- white available only
Sunflower- green center starting locally
Sunflower Ring of fire and chocolate-limited local
Sunflower mini- limited numbers locally but starting
Sweet pea-limited locally, Japanese finished, dutch import available
Trachelium- colors and green import
Tweedia- local limited
Veronica –local limited- available import
Viburnum Berry- not available
Have you ever wanted to have dinner at a flower farm? The Field to Vase dinner tour gave many that very opportunity in 10 different cities serving up local flowers and fare. Mayesh was a sponsor for the Carpinteria, Carlsbad, and Portland dinners along with with the upcoming final date in Detroit (complimenting The Flower House installation happening during the same week)!
Amy Gebhardt, our Portland branch manager, attended and said that “it was cool to bring together customers, wholesalers, vendors, growers and end users all at the same table. Sitting next to someone you do not know and striking up a conversation about how you came to be at the dinner was great.”
Take a peak at the pictures Amy took at the dinner and stay tuned for a post on the dinner tour finale in Detroit. Tickets for the dinner are unfortunately sold out, but you can still get tickets for The Flower House, which is going to be amazing!
In today’s Mayesh Minute, David shows off our American grown tulips.
Here are some close-up pictures that I took for your viewing pleasure:
Today, David Dahlson focuses on one of his favorite cut flowers, Clematis. Beautiful flowers, great foliage, outstanding vase life, and American Grown, these blooms will add a tremendous effect to your floral designs.
Guest Blogger: Patricia Mullen
On March 5th, a group of us from Mayesh had the opportunity to attend the American Grown Field to Vase dinner at Westland Orchids in Carpinteria, CA. This was the first of 10 events to translate the momentum of “farm to fork” in such a way that helps people understand that the flowers on the table are as fresh, local and sustainable as the food on their plates.
Upon entering the greenhouse, we were greeted with the color and aroma of a profusion of blooming cymbidium orchids. It was a treat for the senses.
The working greenhouse was transformed into a chic dining room with a table set for 100. Overhead were strings of lights and on the table were the beautiful orchids, gerbera daisy, roses, and chrysanthemums from Westland Orchids and neighboring flower farms. Wines were served from a local winery and the dinner was a seasonal, locally sourced, four-course meal. The lettuce in the first course salad was even grown right there at Westland and the orchids on the table were cut right from the greenhouse we were in. It doesn’t get any more local than that.
The dinner was attended by flower growers, wholesale florists, floral designers, and the public was also invited. It was an evening to share a passion for flowers with old friends and new. Tours were also given in the cymbidium greenhouse and the gerbera greenhouse. We often forget what is like to see the flowers growing on the plant, so it was an opportunity to learn more about how they are grown, and see the processes that take place in order for us to have the beautiful cut flowers we work with every day.
It was really a treat to dine among the flowers. The atmosphere was relaxed and everyone was smiling and laughing. The evening was all about slow flowers and food. It was also an opportunity for us to slow down from our hectic schedules, share our interests with each other, and appreciate the beauty around us. We regularly tour farms and green houses, but it is not often that we get to attend a party in a greenhouse. It was a great experience.
The next dinner will be on April 15 at the Ranuncula fields in Carlsbad, The Flower Fields. If you have never seen that, I encourage you to go. You will not be disappointed! Reserve your seat now, using this link and don’t forget to use promo code “MAYESH” to save $50 per ticket.
Hope to see you there.