There is one thing that must be available on 14 February and that is red roses. That also means that for the rest of the month red roses are rare and expensive. Its rare beforehand as growers have cut back their rose bushes and trying to time the flowering in time for Valentine's Day, and rare afterwards as they pick their crops so hard to get the numbers up.
Roses in other colours have been readily available but with price increases leading up to the big day. David Austins were available for some of February, but the hot weather has spoilt some crops. There was a lovely range of mini roses available.
Lisianthus were beautiful and abundant, and a good flower choice for the hot weather. The dahlias were lovely, in pinks, magentas, whites, oranges and yellows. Hydrangea was hard to get.
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.
Blue and purple delphinium has been thin on the ground (particularly the light blue), but the hybrid whites have been plentiful.
Callas have been available in burgundy, oranges, yellows and creams. We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.
Bird of paradise started back this month, and plenty of gladioli just in time for Chinese New Year.
Flowering gum has been lovely this month. Proteas, banksias, repens, leucadendrons, grevillea, brunei and straw flowers have also been available.
Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market. We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquet in February 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.x