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.
Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market. We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquet 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.
Callas have been available during January, although there are fewer and fewer Australian growers, and the colour range has been limited. No more arums this January, marshmallow or otherwise.
Dahlias have been lovely, with beautiful whites looking lovely in the wedding bouquets. Hydrangea has been hard to get as the heat knocks the flowers around. Sunflowers have been nice. Birds of paradise were not available in January.
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.
We are getting 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. Red flowering gum has been magnificent, if expensive. Bruneii has been about the only green berry available, and imported hypericum is around.