November 2012 has beena great month for flowers. Peonies start this month. They have been slow to start this season, not coming in until the second week of November giving us a bit of stress for all the brides hoping to have them in their bouquets early in the month. Its mid November and they are beautiful. Large headed double peonies have been coming in from our fantastic supplier in Melbourne - invaroses. He has had a beautiful range of peonies, and we have done some beautiful weddings... There has also been cheaper, smaller headed Melbourne grown peonies abundantly available.
Davids Austin roses started last month in October, but are now readily available. The full colour range not yet here but beautiful ivories and creams have been plentiful.
Spring flowers are well and truly on their way out. Although we have been able to source some tulips, iris, hyacinth and freesias for weddings, they have been harder to get and quick to open. Daffodils, jonquils and anenomes have definately finished and no longer available. Sweet pea and lilac, too, has finished.
Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful. Our Sydney supplier is producing his best ever roses with lovely large heads, beautiful quality and great colour range. Invaroses from Melbourne have also been beautiful.
Locally grown lisianthus are now starting, but again the lower temperatures going into November have meant that they were only available from the second week of November. Prior to that there have been imported lisianthus around but with disappointingly small heads, limited colour range and heads distorted from boxed transport. At the very beginning of November, imported lisianthus were completely unavailable as quarantine prevented a whole shipment coming into the country!!
Marshmallow arums have started mid month, with beautiful large heads and lovely colour. Arums still available! Locally grown calla lilies yet to start but some imports are available.
Lilies have been readily available, with new and interesting colour ranges available in the orientals, the asiatics and the hybrids. November lilies are, of course, lovely and available.
Singapore orchids are still available. The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range. We are still getting the last of the locally grown cymbidium orchids but the colour range has become more limited. The imported cymbidium orchids are around.
The hydrangea started this month. The colour range improving week to week. At the beginning of the month we used snowballs to get that lovely white hydrangea look with great success.
Stephanotis has been available for weddings. Jasmine has been variable this November, as heavy rains ruined flowers mid month. I have also had trouble getting bouvardia.
Flannel flower, king protea, sea holly, leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, tetranuts and kangaroo paw has been available. Blushing bride and erica has not been around, and I’ve had trouble getting grevillea. There has only been a limited range of banksia.
Delphinium, stock and snap dragons have been beautiful. Poppies have been beautiful. Managed to get some blue cornflower and lovely sandersonia mid month, but had trouble getting lavender!
Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, chincherinchee, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.
Haven’t seen any gloriosa lily yet.
We did have some ivy berry early in November, but not mid to late. Bruneii has been available all month, but not much berzillia although I managed to get some sort of green berries all this month. Lotus pods started last in the month.
Vibernum and camellia have been a little soft and with yellow tones. Magnolia has been lovely.