June 2019

By shop front
on 03 November, 2020

Already this month we've had early jonquils, freesias, hyacinth, tulips and iris.  We have also had some lovely oramental kale in beautiful purples and greens and although we have not yet had any ranunculus we have started getting in beautiful anemones, poppies and later in the month some very beautiful sweet pea.

The roses have been lovely, with the cooler temperatures bringing on larger heads and deeper colours and lovely locally grown babies breath has started.

Imported Peonies have been available this month and have been available in stunning colours tho their price tags are high the quality of the imports has been quite good towards the end of the month.

Birds of paradise have already been available for a few weeks.

Blue butterfly delphinium has been almost the only delphinium available.  Snap dragons and stock have also been available.  We have also been getting lovely sunflowers.

Orchids, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria, and chrysanthemum have been available. Our oriental lily supplier has had trouble on their farm in NSW with their pink lily batch this last few weeks but pink is readily available from other growers tho the quality of our NSW grower is hard for them to match. 

Local cymbidium orchids have started and are arriving in a stunning array of colours.

Banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii) have been beautiful. Wax bud has been available but wax not yet.  Pink ice proteas, nerifolia protea and queen proteas have been available.  Teatree is abundant as are leucadendron.  We have started getting gymea flowers and blushing bride.  Managed to get a few bunches of kangaroo paw, and gum foliage has been especially lovely.  Tetra nuts and gum nuts have been readily available. We are still getting larger head king proteas in pink but grevillea has been a little scarce.

Vibernum, camellia, woolley bush, native cherry and afterdark foliages have been available with the magnolia from our Victoria grower especially lovely with beautiful dark velvet browns on the backs of the leaves.

The following flowers are generally available in June (colours available in brackets) -

Alstromeria (white, pink, green, red, yellow, orange)

Anthirium (white, salmon, pink, lime, red)

Asiatic Lilies (white, pink, orange, yellow, red)

Blossom (white, pink)

Bouvardia (red, white, pink)

Birds of Paradise (orange/purple)

Banksia (various varieties in green, red, yellow, orange, brown, silver)

Blushing Bride

Chrysanthemum (various varieties - white, pink, red, green, yellow, lilac, orange)

Cymbidium Orchid (white, pink, orange, red, yellow, green)

Daisy (yellow/white)

Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)

Daffodil (yellow)

Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)

Gardenia (white)

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)

Jonquil (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)

November Lily (white)

Oriental Lily (white, pink)

Phalaenopsis Orchid (white, lemon, green, pink)

Poppy (red, orange, yellow, pink, white)

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)

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)

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)

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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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Flower availability - JANUARY

By shop front
on 19 February, 2019

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 definitely 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.

Flowers usually around in January (and the colours they come in) are -

Agapanthus (purple, white)
Allium (purple)
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)
Daisy (yellow/white)
David Austin Roses (white, ivory, cream, pinks, reds)
Delphinium (butterfly or hybrid - white, blue, purple)
Forget-Me-Not (Blue)
Freesia (white, pink, red, yellow, purple)
Frangipani (white/yellow, pink/orange)
Gloriosa (red/yellow)
Ginger Flowers (red, yellow, orange)
Gardenia (white)
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)
Lisianthus (white, pink, purple)
Love-in-the-Mist (blue)
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)
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)

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