M is for May and for Mothers Day and there has been plenty of beautiful chrysanthemums - daisy chrysanthemum, field chrysanthemum and disbuds.
This month, growers in the Sydney area have been up against torrential rain, hail storms and massive winds and there has been some damage to crops in the area as a result.
Glasshouse roses have been beautiful from Melbourne, with a lovely range of colours and flower head size improving with the cooler weather. Field grown 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.
Lisianthus was available at the beginning of the month but harder to get by the end of May.
Dahlias have finished, but tulips, freesias, 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 not been able to get ranunculus.
Only imported callas are available in a limited colour range. Snaps are still available. Dephinium has been thin on the ground. Stock has started in full swing, and we have been getting a lovely colour range and with a beautiful fragrance. Carnations in a diverse colour range have been available.
Lavender and poppies has been hard to get due to adverse weather conditions. Hydrangea has been in short supply, 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, tetra nuts, sea holly and leucadendrons readily available. Kale has started in earnest, with the cooler temperatures bringing out lovely colouration.
Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies and gerberas are readily available. Birds of paradise have also been readily available. Longiforum lilies have been more difficult to get this month.
Privot berries started this month, green at the beginning of May and black by the end.