Charity Fundraiser - Oxfam's Close the Gap Campaign

By Liz Toussaint
on 23 January, 2017

Poetry in Flowers is fundraising for Oxfam's Close the Gap Campaign.

Most Australians enjoy one of the highest life expectancies of any country in the world — but this is not true for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can expect to live 10–17 years less than other Australians. Babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes.

The mortality rates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is on par with some of the world’s most impoverished nations. The United Nations Report, The State of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (2009) indicated Australia and Nepal have the world’s worst life expectancy gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Is this the Australia you want? With your help we aim to close this health gap and achieve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality within a generation.

What we’re campaigning forthe Close the Gap Coalition — a grouping of Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and community organisations — together with nearly 200,000 Australians is calling on governments to take real, measurable action to achieve Indigenous health equality by 2030.

We have a fundraising target of $3000 for the Close the Gap Campaign.  Donations can be made via our website.

January 2017 Flower availability

By Drew Daskalakis
on 23 January, 2017

The highlights of January have been dahlias, lisianthus, callas and gloriosa lilies.

Dahlias have been lovely, with beautiful whites looking lovely in the wedding bouquets.  Hydrangea has been harder to get as the heat knocks the flowers around.  Sunflowers have been nice.  Birds of paradise were not available in January.

Flowers to take the heat are roses, lisianthus and orchids.  Some extreme heat reduced the head size of the locally grown roses, but the lisianthus has remained  stunning all month.  Red roses were scarce towards the end of the month as growers get ready for Valentine's Day.  David Austin roses have been available on and off all month as the rose bushes flush.

Callas have been available during January, although there are fewer and fewer Australian growers, and the colour range has been limited. 

The gloriosa lily has also been available and beautiful.  Although there has been plenty of hybrid delphinium, blue butterfly has been scarce making finding a true blue flower difficult over this time. Peonies are definately out.

Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market.  We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquets in January as oriental lilies do not like temperatures over 30 degrees. They are fine for table arrangements in air-conditioned function rooms, or in a cool place in your home.  Asiatics are a bit better in the heat, although still not the best choice - lisianthus or orchids are a safer bet for a hot day.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.

The kangaroo paw has been lovely and we are still getting king proteas, and a few different types of banksia.  Bruneii has been about the only green berry available, and imported hypericum is around. 

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

:)

January 2017 Flower availability

By Liz Toussaint
on 23 January, 2017

The highlights of January have been dahlias, lisianthus, callas and gloriosa lilies.

Dahlias have been lovely, with beautiful whites looking lovely in the wedding bouquets.  Hydrangea has been harder to get as the heat knocks the flowers around.  Sunflowers have been nice.  Birds of paradise were not available in January.

Flowers to take the heat are roses, lisianthus and orchids.  Some extreme heat reduced the head size of the locally grown roses, but the lisianthus has remained  stunning all month.  Red roses were scarce towards the end of the month as growers get ready for Valentine's Day.  David Austin roses have been available on and off all month as the rose bushes flush.

Callas have been available during January, although there are fewer and fewer Australian growers, and the colour range has been limited. 

The gloriosa lily has also been available and beautiful.  Although there has been plenty of hybrid delphinium, blue butterfly has been scarce making finding a true blue flower difficult over this time. Peonies are definately out.

Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market.  We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquets in January as oriental lilies do not like temperatures over 30 degrees. They are fine for table arrangements in air-conditioned function rooms, or in a cool place in your home.  Asiatics are a bit better in the heat, although still not the best choice - lisianthus or orchids are a safer bet for a hot day.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.

The kangaroo paw has been lovely and we are still getting king proteas, and a few different types of banksia.  Bruneii has been about the only green berry available, and imported hypericum is around. 

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

:)

January 2017 Flower availability

By Drew Daskalakis
on 23 January, 2017

The highlights of January have been dahlias, lisianthus, callas and gloriosa lilies.

Dahlias have been lovely, with beautiful whites looking lovely in the wedding bouquets.  Hydrangea has been harder to get as the heat knocks the flowers around.  Sunflowers have been nice.  Birds of paradise were not available in January.

Flowers to take the heat are roses, lisianthus and orchids.  Some extreme heat reduced the head size of the locally grown roses, but the lisianthus has remained  stunning all month.  Red roses were scarce towards the end of the month as growers get ready for Valentine's Day.  David Austin roses have been available on and off all month as the rose bushes flush.

Callas have been available during January, although there are fewer and fewer Australian growers, and the colour range has been limited. 

The gloriosa lily has also been available and beautiful.  Although there has been plenty of hybrid delphinium, blue butterfly has been scarce making finding a true blue flower difficult over this time. Peonies are definately out.

Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market.  We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquets in January as oriental lilies do not like temperatures over 30 degrees. They are fine for table arrangements in air-conditioned function rooms, or in a cool place in your home.  Asiatics are a bit better in the heat, although still not the best choice - lisianthus or orchids are a safer bet for a hot day.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.

The kangaroo paw has been lovely and we are still getting king proteas, and a few different types of banksia.  Bruneii has been about the only green berry available, and imported hypericum is around. 

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

:)

December 2016 Flower Availability

By Drew Daskalakis
on 14 December, 2016

At the beginning of December we have continued to have beautiful peonies from our flower growers, and Davids Austin roses have been readily available this month.

Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful.

Lisianthus are now in full swing, as are locally grown calla lilies.

Lilies have been readily available.  Christmas lilies are lovely and available.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

We continue to have beautiful hydrangea in pinks and blues, although white has been harder to get.

Christmas bells, king protea (albeit a bit scarce), leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, wax flower, tetra nuts, thrypomene, verticordia, flannel flowers, Christmas bush and kangaroo paw has been available.  Flowering gum started this month. Standard eucalyptus foliage has been a little soft with new growth this month.

Australian Native Flowers make a nice Christmas gift

Delphinium and snap dragons have been beautiful.  Stock finished.  Lavender has been hard to get.

Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.

Gloriosa lilies have been beautiful.

The Christmas foliages - spruce and holly have been available.  Bruneii has been available all month. Hypericum (imported) has been available.

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

:)

 

November 2016 Flower Availability

By Liz Toussaint
on 30 November, 2016

November 2016 has seen beautiful peonies from our flower growers, and Davids Austin roses have been readily available this month.

There have been some lovely weddings at beautiful venues such as the Australian National Botanic Gardens pictured with this blog.

Flower Arch at Australian National Botanic Gardens

Spring flowers are well and truly on their way out, although we have been able to source some freesias for weddings, they have been harder to get and quick to open.  Daffodils, jonquils and anenomes have definately finished and no longer available.  Chincherinchee were available at the beginning of November.

Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful.

Lisianthus started towards the end of November, as have locally grown calla lilies.

Lilies have been readily available.  November lilies are, of course, lovely and available.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.

The hydrangea started in ernest this month, and in whites, pinks and blues.

Hydrangea with Snail

Waratah have finished in the first half of the month, and paper daisies finished by the end of the month. King protea, queen protea, leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, wax flower, tetra nuts, thrypomene and kangaroo paw has been available.  Flannel flowers started this month. Blushing bride has been hard to get.  No flowering gum yet.

Delphinium and snap dragons have been beautiful.  Stock finished by the end of November and poppies have finished.  Lavender is now available, and I have been able to source a few sweet peas for weddings.

Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.

Gloriosa lily started at the end of the month.

We did have some ivy berry early in November. Bruneii has been available all month. Hypericum (imported) has been available.

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft and with yellow tones, although vastly improved by the end of the month.

:)

 

October 2016 Flower Availability Diary

By Liz Toussaint
on 24 October, 2016

Chincherinchee started this month.  Managed to get some tree peonies but the standard peonies have not yet been available.

We have continued to have beautiful ranunculus but by mid month they are scarce with a very limited colour range.  Freesia, hyacinth, tulips and iris have continued to be available.

Sweet pea and poppies have still been available on and off throughout October. 

We have been getting locally grown roses and imports.  All the roses have had beautiful large heads and lovely quality.  Mainly imported Davids Austin style roses have been available, although we did manage to source some locally grown David Austins in the second half of October.

Gerberas are beautiful, and available in abundance.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been available in royal blue, light blue and white.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.

Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, carnations, alstromeria and chrysanthemum have been available.  Local cymbidium orchids finished this month.

Beautiful waratah was flushing this month in reds, whites and greens. Sea holly, blushing bride, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, berzillea and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Pink and brown boronia is available.  Proteas, including kings, have been available.  Flannel flower started this month.

Blossom has finished.  Hydrangea has still be impossible to get, although it should not be very far away.

Lilac and heleborus has been available, along with lavender and daisies.   Birds of paradise has been available.

Earlicheer, jonquils and daffodils finished at the beginning of

Local arums (white, marshmallow and green godess) are available, but only a few imported callas have been available.

Ivy berry and berzillia have been available.

Magnolia, camellia were beautiful at the beginning of the month but new growth has made it scarce by the end of October.  Vibernum started the month a little soft and with yellow tones, but has improved significantly by the end of the month. 

:)

September 2016 Flower Availability Diary

By Liz Toussaint
on 15 September, 2016

September has continued to give us beautiful ranunculus, anemone, sweet pea, freesias, hyacinth, tulips and iris.  Poppies have also been available.

We have been getting locally grown roses and imports.  All the roses have had beautiful large heads and lovely quality.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been available in royal blue, light blue and white.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.  Gerberas have been available.

Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria and chrysanthemum have been available.  Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a lovely colour range.

Gymea lilies have still been available this month.  Sea holly, blushing bride, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, berzillea and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Pink boronia has started.  Proteas have been available.

Pink and white blossom branches has been available this month, but easing in numbers.

Only some imported lisianthus and hypericum have been available.

Lily of the valley or hydrangea haven't started yet.

August 2016 Flower Availability

By Liz Toussaint
on 15 August, 2016

August has continued to give us poppies, sweet pea, daffodils, earlicheer, jonquils, freesias, hyacinth, tulips and iris.

Ranunculus started this month and have been beautiful, although the colour range has been a little limited. Lavender and anemone also started in August.

We have been getting locally grown roses, although the colour range and numbers have been limited.  For any big orders, we have had to top up with imports.  All the roses have had beautiful large heads and lovely quality.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in royal blue, light blue and white.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.  Lily of the valley or hydrangea haven't started yet.

Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria and chrysanthemum have been available.  Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a lovely colour range.

Gymea lilies have still been available this month.  Sea holly, blushing bride, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, berzillea and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Pink boronia has started.  Proteas have been available.

Pink and white blossom branches has been available this month. Only some imported lisianthus and hypericum have been available.

Managed to buy imported David Austin style roses.

Flower Availability July 2016

By Liz Toussaint
on 15 July, 2016

In July we have continued to get a lovely range of poppies, freesias, hyacinth, tulips and iris.  We have also had daffodils and plenty of earlicheer jonquils.  Sweet pea is just starting.

Ranunculus, anemones, arabs eye, daphne, violets or lily of the valley are not yet available. Roses have been readily available, with imports making up the shortfall of local production. Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in both darker blue and lighter blue.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.

Malucca balm, pepper berry, amaranth and hypericum have been available.  Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria, chrysanthemum, gladioli and sunflowers have been available.  Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a lovely colour range.

Blushing bride, erica, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, tetra nuts and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Proteas have been available in a beautiful range of varieties, although not in great numbers.

Gymea lilies are available this month. Beautiful blossom branches started this month.  Magnolia bud branches are also available.  There has been no lisianthus.

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