October saw the first of the long awaited peonies. We had salmon pink from 18 October and managed to get white from the 25 October, but in limited numbers. David Austins also started this month, and have been beautiful.
Anenomes, Arabs eye, pieris and liliy of the valley have been available.
Lilac and heleborus has been available. Hydrangea has started, with plenty of green toned white. Bright white harder to get.
We had beautiful chincherinchee during the month but it has finished by the end of the month.
We have continued to get sweet pea, hyacinth, tulips and iris. Our central coast supplier of freesias has been tapering off. Poppies have been less readily available by the end of October. Although ranunculus were available at the beginning of October, by the end of the months they had finished.
Earlicheer, jonquils and daffodils are no longer available.
Lavender and daisies have continued to be available.
The colour range in locally grown roses has been lovely, with the Spring flush making roses plentiful at market. Both the Sydney growers and the Melbourne growers have been producing beautiful large heads, and lovely quality roses.
Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in both darker blue and lighter blue. Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.
We have been able to get a miniature bouvardia from Melbourne.
Local arums (white and green godess) have started, but only a few imported callas have been available.
Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria, chrysanthemum and gladioli have been available. Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a lovely colour range.
King proteas have been available this month. Sea holly, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, and gumnuts have been available. Boronia and wax flower have both been available. Flannel flower has started. Flowering gum hasn't started yet. Blushing bride has been hard to get.
Hypericum has been available (imported). Ivy berry has been available. Green berries have been hard to get.
Managed to get a few imported lisianthus but no local available.
Blossom has finished.XX