It feels like Autumn as the temperatures drop and all the bulb lines start becoming available. Tulips, iris. freesia and hyacinths are now available, although they are mainly coming in from Tasmania and New Zealand. Ranunculus have not yet started but there were a few bunches of grossly overpriced imports.
After the high temperatures in Summer, roses are recovering and the head size of the local roses is coming back. After such bad weather in February, the roses have started to look beautiful again. The second flush of red roses is now in full swing after the Valentine's day harvest. The wet weather has meant some issues for one of the rose farms we buy from with some botrytis spoiling crops.
David Austin roses have been beautiful this month and have used some lovely roses in the weddings lately.
Lisianthus is slowing down now, and our main supplier has finished with them. There are still some lisianthus around from other growers. 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. 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. White arums are out of season. Hydrangeas are now scarce, with the colour of the hydrangea darkening with Autumnal tonings.
Snaps are still available. The delphinium has been lovely - mainly whites and purples. Had trouble finding blue butterfly in the second half of the month as the crop finishes.
Stock well and truly finished. Ornamental chilli has been available, as has babies breath and 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.
Proteas have been available including some kings but only short stem. Banksias (2-3 types) and leucadendron are available. Other proteas are a little thin on the ground, but have managed to get repens. There has been no wax flower, no blushing bride and no flannel flower.
Bruneii has been hard to get but privet berries have started mid month (green only, no black). Hanging amaranth has started. Andromeda has been available but without many flowers. Snow berry has been readily available. Lotus pods are becoming scarce.