Tulips, iris. freesia and hyacinths are now available. It's nice to feel the weather cooling off and seeing these bulb lines really makes it feel like a change in season.
Although scarce at the beginning of march, by mid month the roses are back in full swing after the trauma for being harvested so hard for Valentines Day, and the second flush of reds are appearing now. The wet weather has meant some issues for one of the rose farms we buy from with some botrytis spoiling crops. Melbourne growers are producing beautiful blooms and the head size is coming back a bit after the hot spell. Numbers are starting to go down as it cools off later in the month.a
David Austin roses have been beautiful this month and have used some lovely roses in the weddings lately. The supply has been a little patchy though, and some weeks it has been harder to source the David Austins than others.
Lisianthus is slowing down now, and although we are still getting good quantities, some of the farms have finished their crops. The colour range has been lovely this season with lots of beautiful dark, light and bicolour purples, light and mid pinks plus the whites and creams.
Dahlias continue to be lovely. There is a good range of pinks, burgundies and whites with a great range in head size, from the small pom poms styles to the beautiful large ones. I did not see a great number in the orange and yellow range. From the same farm we are getting lovely gloriosa lily.
Local callas are finished but there are a few imports in a limited colour range (needed to beg and plead to get enough white for weddings this month). Managed to get a few white arums. Hydrangeas are now scarce, with the colour of the hydrangea darkening with Autumnal tonings. I managed to find some clear blue hydrangea but it was hard to come by. There was imported hydrangea available at market but the quality was average and it looked travel worn.
Snaps are still available. The delphinium has been lovely - mainly whites and purples. Had trouble finding blue butterfly although got a few bunches at the beginning of the month.
Stock was around at the beginning of the month but none mid to late March. Ornamental chilli has been available, as has babies breath, bouvardia. Ornamental kale has started. I managed to get some stephanotis for a wedding. Birds of paradise are available. Carnations, including green trick, have been available. Marguerite daisies have been available.
Orchids, lilies and gerberas are readily available.
The range of natives is slowly improving, and I managed to get sea holly. Banksias (2-3 types) and leucadendron are available. Kings proteas were available at the beginning of the month but have been harder to source mid to late March. Other proteas are a little thin on the ground, but have managed to get repens. I have had a lot of trouble finding small white native flowers for a few weddings this month so no wax flower, no blushing bride, no flannel flower and the like.
Bruneii has been hard to get but privet berries have started mid month. Hanging amaranth has started. Peris has not been available, and I have had to use snow berry as a substitute which has been readily available. Lotus pods are becoming more scarce and only found a few for a wedding this weekend. There are some browned pods around.