Locally grown dahlias have been absolutely lovely with beautiful colour tones. Hydrangea has been quite expensive but we have been able to source some sweet popcorn hydrangea from a lovely local farm. Sunflowers have been very nice but birds of paradise have not been available.
Flowers to take the heat are roses, lisianthus and orchids. Red roses are expected to become scarce towards the end of the month as growers get ready for Valentine's Day and although most of our roses are Australian grown the costs have been increasing due to a higher demand of Australian products with rising import costs due to covid as well as increased fuel and running costs for our local farmers.
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 definitely out.
Singapore orchids are still available. The phalaenopsis have been stunning, with a lovely colour range. Local cymbidium have long 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.
Flowers usually around in January (and the colours they come in) are -
Agapanthus (purple, white)
Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)
Amaranthus (green, red)
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)
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)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
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)
Kangaroo Paw (pink, green, red/green, black/green, yellow, orange, red)
Larkspur (white, pink, 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)
November Lily (white)
Oriental Lily (white, pink)
Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)
Protea (various varieties - pink, white, red)
Queen Anne’s Lace (white)
Red Hot Pokers (red/orange)
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)
Sweet Pea (white, pinks, purples)
Vanda Orchid (pink, red, orange, purple, yellow)
Waterlily (white, pink, yellow, purple)