Mothers Day is the big event for May for the florist industry. Plenty of standard chryssies, field chryssie and isbuds have been available.
Roses have been beautiful, with a lovely range of colours and flower head size improving with the cooler weather. David Austin roses are coming to an end though, and proving difficult to find by the end of the month, as are all field grown varieties.
Although there are not many growers of lisianthus, our supplier continues to grow them and the colour range continues to be good, but numbers and colours are tapering off now at the end of the month
Dahlias have finished, but tulips, iris and hyacinths are now readily available. It's nice to feel the weather cooling off and seeing these bulb lines really makes it feel like a change in season. We have also been getting freesias, but no ranunculus yet.
Only imported callas are available in a limited colour range. Snaps are still available. Dephinium has been thin on the ground, but blue butterfly delphinium has started again in the last week of May. The stock has started in full swing, and we have been getting a lovely colour range and with a beautiful fragrance. Carnations, including green trick, have been available.
We have also received lavender this month and there is a small amount of locally grown hydrangea, although the colour is not good - green blooms with small stems. Babies breath has been readily available.
The range of natives is slowly improving, with proteas, banksias, sea holly and leucadendrons readily available. Kale has started in earnest, with the cooler temperatures bringing out lovely colouration.
We received our first poppies just after mid May, and jonquils are promised to us in the last week of the month.
Orchids, lilies and gerberas are readily available. Birds of paradise have also been readily available.
Privot berries started this month (black)