The highlights of January have been dahlias, lisianthus, callas and gloriosa lilies.
Dahlias have been lovely, with beautiful whites looking lovely in the wedding bouquets. Hydrangea has been harder to get as the heat knocks the flowers around. Sunflowers have been nice. Birds of paradise were not available in January.
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.
Callas have been available during January, although there are fewer and fewer Australian growers, and the colour range has been limited.
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.
Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market. We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquets 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.
Singapore orchids are still available. The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range. Local cymbidium have finished but imported cymbidium orchids are around.
We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, 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. Bruneii has been about the only green berry available, and imported hypericum is around.
Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.