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)
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)
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)