May Flower Availability during Covid-19

By shop front
on 26 May, 2020

Covid-19 has caused alot of disruptions to the Australian flower market. This is mainly due to the stop or high cost of importing flowers into Australia. Availability of our usual flowers has been much lower as our local farms scramble to try and meet demand. Over Mothers day we saw a record number of people ordering much earlier than usual as social contact restrictions were still in place and we had to cut off our deliveries much earlier than in previous year. This was  the case for most florist around Australia as we were unable to get extra flowers in due to the low supply.

The high demand in local product as well as the extreme costs involved with importing during the pandemic have driven up some prices especially with roses.

 

Previous years our availability was as below.

Mothers day is the highlight of May.  There have been plenty of beautiful chrysanthemums - daisy chrysanthemum, field chrysanthemum, mum chrysanthemums and disbuds.

Roses have been beautiful, with a lovely range of colours and flower head size. 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 come to an end soon, 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.  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.

Flowers that are usually available in May in Canberra (and their colour range) include -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Aster (white, pink, purple, red)
Arum Lily (white, pink)
Blossom (white, pink)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Cymbidium Orchid (white, pink, orange, red, yellow, green)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Geraldon Wax (white, pink)
Goddess Lily (green)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
Nerine (pink, orange)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)

April Flower Availability

By shop front
on 26 May, 2020

All the winter lines are now available with plenty of tulips, iris, freesia and hyacinths around.  Have not yet seen local ranunculus or anemone.

Roses are beautiful with a full colour range available.  They look lovely in the weddings.

David Austin roses have been stunning in the first half of this month and we had some lovely roses for weddings.  The supply has been a little patchy though, and some weeks it has been harder to source the David Austins than others, and the adverse weather will make them hard to find in this last week of April.

Lisianthus is available and has been beautiful.

Dahlias and Gloriosa lilies were the highlight of this month but the Gloriosa finished mid month and the dahlias have become scarce by the end of the month.  There has been a beautiful colour range in the dahlias pinks, burgundies, yellows and whites with a great range in head sizes.

Only imported callas have been available, and not a great range of colours.  White arums have been scarce, with the crop not yet in full swing. Hydrangeas have finished.

Snaps are still available. Hybrid delphinium was available at the beginning of April (mainly in purple and white) but has now finished.  Blue butterfly delphinium has been available for the second two weeks of the month. Stock is just starting now.   Babies breath has been readily available. Stephanotis has finished.

Birds of paradise are available. Carnations, including green trick, have been available.  Marguerite daisies have been available.

Orchids, lilies and gerberas are readily available. 

Sea holly, banksias (2-3 types) and leucadendron are available.  Kings proteas have been available, as have pink ice and grandicolour protea.  There is no wax flower, no blushing bride, very few flannel flower and the like.

Privet berries has been available changing from green to black over the month.  Snow berry was around in early April but finished by the end of April.  Hanging amaranth has started. Peris has been available, but hard to get.  Lotus pods are becoming more scarce and only found a few.  There are some browned pods around.

Flowers generally available in April include -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Aster (white, pink, purple, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
Nerine (pink, orange)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Siam Tulip (white/lime, pinks)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)

:)

COVID-19

By shop front
on 18 March, 2020

Each day as we are given updates surrounding the spread of COVID-19 we are feeling more and more anxious. Anxious about health, home life, school life, family interstate & overseas, the effects all of these huge events continue to have on our kids and the effects of being small business owners.
 
After a rocky start in retail with the Australian Bush fires we were just starting to feel like we were getting back on track. We had a successful Valentines Day allowing us to get back on track financially and mentally and had started preparing for what was set to be an amazing year full of weddings and events. Now we are trying our best to prepare for unprecedented times full of uncertainty and anxiety, talking to beautiful couples who are heartbroken to have to postpone their big day and our fellow business owners who are full of worry.
 
COVID-19 will be impacting all of our lives greatly in one way or another all over the globe and we need to support one another in any way possible. Something as little as buying a coffee in the mornings from your local cafe can make a difference and give you a chance to enjoy the amazing weather we have had lately. There are also plenty of ways to help small businesses from the comfort of your home, this could be ordering flowers to be delivered to your elderly neighbor who is reluctant to go out, or your girlfriend working from home with the kids, or maybe do some online shopping with one of the many amazing small businesses and instead of your usual supermarket chocolate utilise some of the talented makers we have right here in Canberra.
 
At Poetry we want to assure you that we are taking every step possible to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.
 
We are regularly sanitizing all work stations and shared spaces and being diligent with hand washing practices. We have started to implement procedures for our drivers to avoid person-to-person contact, this includes flowers or hampers being left at the front door of all home address deliveries and at reception desks with a text &/ or phone call being made to the recipient to let them know where they are left.
 
Times like this remind us how thankful we are to be a part of such a vibrant and resilient community, and how truly grateful we are for each and every one of you. We reply on the support from our community to keep going so we can support locals with jobs and purchase locally made items from other Canberra small businesses. 
 
Don't panic - Be prepared is the advice and if we all band together, check on each other and just be smart and sensible we can get through this. 
 
'Alone we can do so little: together we can do so much.' - Helen Keller
 
Sincerely,
Skye and The Poetry Team

March Flower Availability

By shop front
on 07 March, 2020

Although really hot at the beginning of the month, it has started to feel 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.

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.

David Austin roses have been beautiful this month and have used some lovely roses in weddings lately.

Lisianthus is slowing down now.  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, yellows, oranges and whites.  From the same farm we are getting lovely gloriosa lily and asters.

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.  Have managed to get some (rather pricey) white hydrangea for weddings.

Snaps are still available.  The hybrid 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 is now finished from Sydney, but still getting some from Melbourne.   Birds of paradise are available. Carnations, including green trick, have been available.  We have had a nice colour range of hypericum berries.

Orchids, lilies and gerberas are readily available. 

Proteas have been available including some kings but only short stem and limited supply.  Banksias (2-3 types) and leucadendron are available.  Other proteas are a little thin on the ground, but have managed to get repens.  Banksias - Menziesii, Baxter, Candle - have been available. There has been no wax flower, no blushing bride and no flannel flower.  Managed to get strawflowers, although they are becoming more scarce.  Grevillea has been available.

Flowers that are usually available in March are -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Aster (white, pink, purple, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
Nerine (pink, orange)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Red Hot Pokers (red/orange)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

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February Flower Availability

By shop front
on 04 February, 2020

There is one thing that must be available on 14 February and that is red roses.  That also means that for the rest of the month red roses are rare and expensive.  Its rare beforehand as growers have cut back their rose bushes and trying to time the flowering in time for Valentine's Day, and rare afterwards as they pick their crops so hard to get the numbers up.

Roses in other colours have been readily available but with price increases leading up to the big day.  David Austins have been available for the start of February, but the hot weather has spoilt some crops.  There was a lovely range of mini roses available.

Lisianthus were beautiful and abundant, and a good flower choice for the hot weather.  The dahlias were lovely, in pinks, magentas, whites, oranges and yellows.  Hydrangea has been stunning towards the start of the month.

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.

Blue and purple delphinium has been thin on the ground (particularly the light blue), but the hybrid whites have been plentiful. 

Callas have been available in burgundy, oranges, yellows and creams. We are getting carnations, alstromeria, gerbera, chrysanthemum, babies breath and asters.

Bird of paradise started back this month, and plenty of gladioli just in time for Chinese New Year.

Flowering gum has been lovely this month. Proteas, banksias, repens, leucadendrons, grevillea, brunei and straw flowers have also been available.

Lilies (oriental, asiatics) have been plentiful at market.  We are not recommending oriental lilies for wedding bouquet in February 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.

Flowers generally available in February are -

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Celosia (various varieties - red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Daisy (yellow/white)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
Gloriosa (red/yellow)
Ginger Flowers (red, yellow, orange)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Gloxinia (pink, purple)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Red Hot Pokers (red/orange)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Siam Tulip (white/lime, pinks)
Stephanotis (white)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Tuberose (white)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

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December flower availability

By shop front
on 02 January, 2020

At the beginning of December we continued to have beautiful peonies from our Australian flower growers, and Davids Austin roses have been readily available this month.

Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful.

Lisianthus are now in full swing, as are locally grown calla lilies.

Lilies have been readily available.  Christmas lilies are lovely and available.

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 continue to have very beautiful hydrangea in pinks, blues and white.

Christmas bells, king protea (albeit a bit scarce), leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, wax flower, tetra nuts, thrypomene, verticordia, flannel flowers, Christmas bush and kangaroo paw has been available. Flowering gum started this month. Standard eucalyptus foliage has been a little soft with new growth this month.

Australian Native Flowers make a nice Christmas gift

Delphinium and snap dragons have been beautiful.  Stock finished & lavender has been hard to get.

Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.

Gloriosa lilies have been beautiful.

The Christmas foliages - spruce and holly have been available.  Bruneii has been available all month. Hypericum (imported) has been available.

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft but readily available.

Flowers usually available in December (and the colours they come in) are

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Allium (purple)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Artichoke (bud - green, flower - purple)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Calla Lily (white, black, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Dahlia (white, pink, red, yellow, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
Flannel Flower (white)
Gloriosa (red/yellow)
Ginger Flowers (red, yellow, orange)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Gloxinia (pink, purple)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Queen Anne’s Lace (white)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Stephanotis (white)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)
Tuberose (white)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

:)

 

November Flower Availability

By shop front
on 15 November, 2019

November has so far seen many beautiful flowers. One of the most notable being the beautiful peonies from our flower growers. Davids Austin roses have been readily available this month and hydrangea has finally come in but with a slow start to the season due to the weather.

Spring flowers are well and truly on their way out, although we have been able to source freesias during the first half of the month.  Daffodils, jonquils and anenomes have definately finished and no longer available.

Some native are becomming hard to get. Pink Ice protea and several banksia varieties are now extremely limited. Candle banksia is still around but very pricey and gum foliage is limited and the quality is low.

Peonies have started and are lovely but still pricey.

Foliages have been available in abundance but quality control has been difficult due to the new spring growth. Especially different gum foliage varieties as the growers hold off cutting on the farms due to the new soft growth.  

Roses in general have been abundant and beautiful.

Lisianthus started towards the end of November and are beautiful, as have locally grown calla lilies.

Lilies have been readily available.  November lilies are, of course, lovely and available.

Singapore orchids are still available.  The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range.  Local cymbidium finished by the start of this month but imported cymbidium orchids are around tho quite pricey.

 

Hydrangea with Snail

Waratah have been in abundance at the start of the month but expected to be scarce shortly, and paper daisies are expected to be finished by the end of the month. King protea, queen protea, leaucadendron, banksia, pincushions, wax flower, tetra nuts, thrypomene and kangaroo paw has been available.  Flannel flowers started this month. Blushing bride has been hard to get and no flowering gum yet.

Delphinium and snap dragons have been beautiful.  Sunflowers have been stunning. Stock and poppies are expected to be finished by the end of November. Lavender is now available, and I have been able to source a few sweet peas for weddings.

Carnations, alstromeria, babies breath, gerbera and chrysanthemum have been around.

Gloriosa lily started mid November.

We did have some ivy berry early in November. Bruneii has been available all month. Hypericum (imported) has been available.

Vibernum, magnolia and camellia have been a little soft and with yellow tones, although vastly improved by the end of the month.

Flowers usually available in November in Canberra (and their colour range) are -

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Allium (purple) 
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Amaryllis Lily (pink, red)
Bouvardia (red, white, pink)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Calla Lily (white, black, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Flannel Flower (white)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Gymea Lily (red)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Helleborus (green, purple)
Hydrangea (green, pink, purple, blue)
Jasmine (white/pink)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Peony (white, pinks)
Queen Anne’s Lace (white)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Ranunculus (white, pinks, orange, red, yellow)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Violet (purple)

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Plant and Cut flower care

By shop front
on 01 November, 2019

Let's face it, flowers aren't the hardest things to take care of, but they do need your attention from time to time so we've compiled a quick and easy little guide on how to care for our products. If you have any questions that aren't answered below, feel free to contact us at the store.

 

CUT FLOWER BOUQUETS

The best tip we can give you to get your flowers lasting as long as they can is that they do best in clean water. If the water is getting low or dirty, change it out with fresh, cold water. We provide fresh cut flower food sachets with our bouquets to help keep your vase water clean and give your cut flowers a nutrients boost. Just add 1 sachet to you vase with clean, cold water and trim your flower stems (about 1cm off the bottom will do it) and that's it.

 

ARRANGEMENTS

Our arrangements are either in floral foam or water, which helps keep the flowers hydrated. For arrangements in foam, add 1/2 cup of water every other day as needed. For arrangements in water, check the water level with your finger. If the water is getting low, top it up.

 

SUCCULENTS

For potted succulents, water them until the soil is moist, and then leave them be until the soil is dry. Succulents are little water "succers," so even when the soil is dry, they'll be drinking water stored in their leaves.

Although succulents love to be in the sun, they can still thrive in the shadows. The main thing is to avoid over-watering. Pools of water can cause rot to settle in. The general rule is about 1/4 cup of water once a week, but if you forget or lose track, let them dry. Drying your succulents out serves you better than drowning them because it kills them slower and at Poetry we do not condone the pre-meditated murder of plants or flowers. 

 

PLANTED TERRARIUMS

Terrariums are like tiny universes. There's something fascinating and beautiful about them. Terrarium care might seem daunting, but there's no reason to be worried - with a few easy steps, you'll get your terrarium happy.

Small plant babies are going to eventually outgrow their terrarium enclosure, so keep in mind that you'll eventually need to transplant. Most terrarium plants like medium-bright filtered light but they will burn if they get too much direct sun. Allow the top inch or so of the soil to go dry between waterings, and water at the base of each plant using your watering can or spray bottle. Between waterings, feel free to give your terrarium a quick spray with your mister to promote a humid environment.

Crispy brown or wilted leaves? It's time to water. Mushy stems or lots of yellow? You're watering too much.

 

SUCCULENT TERRARIUMS

Succulents are an easy choice for terrariums because succulents are typically comfortable not receiving too much water, and don't need much root space to thrive, making them perfect for small enclosures. Plus, many species stay small and compact, allowing them to live for years in a terrarium without transplanting.

To keep your succulents thriving position them in partial-to-full sunlight, check the soil with your finger to see if there is any moisture. If it's dry, add 1/2 cup of water to the centre; if it's moist, leave it be. If you're noticing pools of water forming, you're over-watering! We don't want our mini gardens to drown, so let the terrarium dry out completely before watering again.

 

BOTTLE GARDENS

The garden will thrive best in partial-to-full light but not direct sunlight so near a window with morning sun and light all day is perfect..

-The lid traps moisture, so only water when the plants look withered or droopy. Closed bottles can go months without needing more water!!

-If you spot gnats, there’s too much moisture. Remove the lid and let the soil air out for a couple of days. If they return, mix 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap with 1 cup of water and spritz some of it on the soil. Leave the lid off over night and replace it in the morning.

 

PHALAENOPSIS ORCHIDS

Phalaenopsis or 'Moth Orchids' are the most common orchid due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants year-round. Phals are easily grown in the home and stay in bloom for a very long time.

You do however need to find a great location in your home for your phal plant to ensure it thrives. A moderately bright window sill is best with about 1/2 a cup of water once a week (although this can change depending on their environment), and then let the roots dry out almost completely between waterings. Phals like to stay generally moist but not sopping wet and must always be kept in a pot with good drainage.

 

COMMON HOUSE PLANTS

We love indoor plants! Apart from their aesthetically pleasing looks they actually absorb some of the volatile organic compounds in the air around your home. Recent studies by Professor Margaret Burchett of the University of Technology Sydney suggest adding a few indoor plants to your home or office filters out toxins from the air that are given off from carpet, furniture, paint and even cosmetics. They discovered indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air and just one plant per room can help purify the air. This is why we feel more relaxed when surrounded by plants — they help us breathe better air.

Most people make the mistake of over-watering indoor plants. They don't let the plant have dry time in between waterings. In winter, most indoor plants hardly need any water but, in spring and summer, water a little more frequently. Use your finger to tell whether the soil is moist or dry. 

The sunlight your plant will require really depends on the variety, but as a general rule a moderate amount of filtered light works for most.

October flower availability

By shop front
on 13 October, 2019

Throughout October we are continuing to see some very lovely local and imported blooms around.

Locally grown Chincherinchee have started this month and are looking very nice. Tree peonies are expected to start in the 2nd half of the month but the standard peonies have not yet been available.

We have continued to have beautiful ranunculus the first half of the month but by mid month they are expected to  become scarce with a very limited colour range.

Freesia, hyacinth, tulips and iris have continued to be available.

Sweet pea and poppies have still been available on and off throughout October and have been a little difficult to source. 

We have been getting a beautiful selection of both locally grown roses and imports.  All the roses have been beautiful and of high quality.  Mainly imported Davids Austin style roses have been available, although we did manage to source some locally grown David Austins and although these were lovely the stems were quite short. 

Gerberas are beautiful, and available in abundance.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been available in royal blue, light blue and white.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.

Orchids, oriental lilies (limited), asiatic lilies, carnations, alstromeria and chrysanthemum have been available.  Local cymbidium orchids finished this month.

Beautiful waratah is flushing this month in reds, whites and greens. Sea holly, blushing bride, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, berzillea and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available.  Pink and brown boronia is available. Proteas, including kings, have been available and flannel flower started this month.

Wattle foliage has started to become scarce.

Blossom has finished.  Hydrangea has started the 1st half of this month but as always it's only available in limited supply and mainly in white though other colours are expected towards the end of the month.

Lilac and heleborus has been available, along with lavender and daisies. The locally grown lavender has been beautiful. Birds of paradise has been available.

Earlicheer, jonquils and daffodils finished the first week of this month.

Local arums (white, marshmallow and green godess) are available, but only a few imported callas have been available.

Ivy berry and berzillia have been available.

Magnolia, camellia were beautiful at the beginning of the month but new growth has made it scarce by the end of October.  Vibernum started the month a little soft and with yellow tones, but has improved significantly as we head towards the end of the month. 

Flowers that are generally available in October and their colour range are -

Allium (purple)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)
Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Amaryllis Lily (pink, red)
Anenome (white, pink, purple, red)
Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)
Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)
Calla Lily (white, black, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow)
Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)
Cymbidium Orchid (white, pink, orange, red, yellow, green)
Dahlias
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Gerbera (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)
Gladiolus (white, purple, green, pink, yellow, red, orange)
Geraldon Wax (white, pink)
Goddess Lily (green)
Grevillea (yellow, red, pink, orange)
Gymea Lily (red)
Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)
Helleborus (green, purple)
Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)
Iris (blue, purple, white, yellow)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, purple)
Lavender (purple)
Leucadendron (green, red, yellow)
Leucospernum (orange, red, yellow)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Lotus (pods green, flowers pink, white)
Lilac (purple)
Lily-of-the-Valley (white)
Dusty Miller foliage
Minature Roses (white, pink, yellow, orange, red, cream)
Mini Gerbera (white, red, orange, yellow, lemon, pink)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Peony (white, pinks)
Queen Anne’s Lace (white)
Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)
Ranunculus (white, pinks, orange, red, yellow)
Singapore Orchid (white, green, pink, purple, red, yellow)
Statice (white, purple)
Sunflower (yellow, brown)
Snap Dragon (white, pink, orange, burgundy)
Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)
Stock (white, purple, cream, pink)
Tulip (white, cream, pink, orange, yellow, red, purple)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Violet (purple)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)

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Wild Flower Availability

By shop front
on 21 August, 2019

Seeing all the wattle out made me realise it's not always easy to find information on what wildflowers are available at any given time of the year.  So here is a rough guide for wildflower lovers.  This seasonal list is a guide only and the availability is always going to be weather dependent -

January - flannel flower, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, repens, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

Februarybanksia baxteri, banksia menziesii, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, protea pink ice, repens, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

Marchbanksia baxteri, banksia menziesii, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

April - banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, grevillea, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

May - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, grevillea, leucadendron safari sunset, protea grandicolour, protea pink ice, repens, blushing bride, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

June - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coquina, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, silver banksia, berzelia, waxbud, leucadendron safari sunset, kangaroo paw, protea pink ice, repens, straw flower, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace.

July - dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coquina, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, waxed, smoke bush, gymea lily, yellow bells, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, king protea, protea pink ice, repens, straw flower, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

August - wattle, flannel flower, kangaroo paw, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, waxed, wax flower, smoke bush, gymea lily, yellow bells, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron conebush, pincushion, straw flower, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, protea pink ice, blushing bride, snow balls, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

September - wattle, flannel flower, kangaroo paw, dryandra, banksia 'Giant Candles', banksia coccinea, banksia hookeriana, banksia menziesii, berzelia, boronia, wax flower, smoke bush, gymea lily, eriostemon, teatree, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, straw flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, pink ice protea, blushing bride, snow balls, waratah, thryptomene, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

October - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, berzelia, Christmas bells (blandfordia), boronia, wax flower, smoke bush, golden cascade, eriostemon, mountain daisy, teatree, straw flower, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, blushing bride, snow balls, waratah, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

November - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, smoke bush, golden cascade, eriostemon, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron pisa, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, kangaroo paw, rice flower, protea grandicolour, king protea, scholtzia, verticordia, koala fern, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

December - flannel flower, kangaroo paw, backhousia, banksia baxteri, Christmas bells (blandfordia), Christmas bush, smoke bush, flowering gum, grevillea, mountain daisy, leucadendron safari sunset, leucadendron cone bush, pincushion, rice flower, king protea, scholtzia, verticordia, gymea leaves, gum foliage, forest lace

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