November 2013 has beena great month for flowers. We have had beautiful peonies this month, although by the end of the month they have all finished. The colour range has been spectacular, but the numbers very limited of the rarer colours. Large headed double peonies have been coming in from our fantastic supplier in Melbourne - invaroses. He has had a beautiful range of peonies, and we have done some beautiful weddings...
Davids Austin roses started last month in October, and although available at the beginning of the month by the end of the month, the flush is over and the rain has meant that for the last part of the month we have had trouble filling our orders.
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. It hasn't been a good season for lilac. We have been able to still get some end of season sweet peas.
Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful, from both Sydney and Melbourne.
Locally grown lisianthus are now just starting in the last week of November. Prior to that there have been imported lisianthus around.
Marshmallow arums have started in the last week of the month, with beautiful large heads and lovely colour. Arums have been available on and off! Locally grown calla lilies are just starting in the last week of the month, but we have relied on imports for the first part.
Lilies have been readily available, with new and interesting colour ranges available in the orientals, the asiatics and the hybrids. November lilies are, of course, lovely and available.
Singapore orchids are still available. The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range. We are still getting the last of the locally grown cymbidium orchids but the colour range has become more limited. The imported cymbidium orchids are around.
The hydrangea started this month. The colours ranging from green/white (especially early in the season), to lavender, light blue, mauve and purple. I have not seen many dark blues. No snowball this month.
Stephanotis has been available for weddings in the first half of the month. Jasmine has been variable this November, as heavy rains ruined flowers mid month. Bouvardia has been available.
King protea, sea holly, leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, tetranuts and kangaroo paw has been available. I have had trouble getting flannel flowers. Blushing bride and erica has not been around, and I’ve had trouble getting grevillea. There has only been a limited range of banksia. There has been a good range of nuts (but no tetra nuts). No flowering gum yet.
Delphinium, stock and snap dragons have been beautiful. Poppies have finished. Had trouble getting lavender and lily of the valley.
Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, chincherinchee (first half of the month), gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.
Gloriosa lily started in the last week of November.
We did have some ivy berry early in November, but not mid to late. Bruneii has been available all month, but not much berzillia although I managed to get some sort of green berries all this month. Pieris has been hard to get in the second half of November. Hypericum (imported) has been available.
Vibernum and camellia have been a little soft and with yellow tones. Magnolia has been lovely.