July Flower Availability

By Skye Andriske
on 19 July, 2021

With the restrictions around Sydney and Melbourne due to the Covid-19 Delta variant some flower lines are a little harder to come by but in general these are the flowers we have been getting in so far this month.

Poppies, freesias, hyacinth, lavender, tulips and iris have all been around in early July.  We have also had daffodils and plenty of earlicheer jonquils. Ranunculas are just starting out but have so far been lovely.

Dahlias are sadly coming to an end for the season.

Roses have been readily available, with imports in a new range of colours making up the shortfall of local production. Blue butterfly delphinium has been the only delphinium available, in both darker blue and lighter blue.  Snap dragons and stock have also been beautiful.

Arabs eye, daphne, violets or lily of the valley are not yet available.

Malucca balm, pepper berry, amaranth and hypericum have been available. Orchids, oriental lilies, asiatic lilies, longiflorum lilies, carnations, alstromeria, chrysanthemum, gladioli and sunflowers have been available. 

Local cymbidium orchids have been fantastic, in a very lovely colour range. 

Blushing bride, erica, banksias (coccinea, hookerania and menziesii), beautiful red and green leacadendron, tetra nuts and gumnuts have been available. Red wax bud and wax flower have both been available and we have been getting them in abundance at our shop. Proteas have been available in a beautiful range of varieties, although not in great numbers.

Gymea lilies are available this month. Beautiful blossom branches started this month.  Magnolia bud branches are also available.  There has been no lisianthus.

Flowers that are usually available in July (and their colour range) are listed below -

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 (white, pink)

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)

Forget-Me-Not (Blue)

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)

Gymea Lily (red)

Heliconia (red, orange, yellow)

Hyacinths (white, pink, purple)

Hypericum (red, peach)

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)

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)

Peonies imported (very expensive)

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

Roses (white, pinks, lavender, mauve, cream, orange, red, peach, yellow, lemon)

Scabiosa

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)

June flower availability

By Skye Andriske
on 01 July, 2021

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 had many ranunculus we have started getting in beautiful 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)

April Flower availability

By Skye Andriske
on 22 May, 2021

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.

Some 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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March Flower Availability

By shop front
on 11 May, 2021

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.

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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Wild Flower Availability List

By Skye Andriske
on 17 March, 2021

Seeing all the wattle starting to come 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

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

March banksia 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

February Flower Availability

By shop front
on 01 March, 2021

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.

With flight restrictions into Australia still in place due to Covid-19 some imported flowers can now be more difficult to come by and prices have increased to cover the additional transport costs for the suppliers.

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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PLANT AND CUT FLOWER CARE

By shop front
on 21 February, 2021

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.

January Flower Availability

By shop front
on 21 February, 2021

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)

:) 

December flower availability

By shop front
on 15 February, 2021

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)

:)

 

Valentines Day Canberra 2021

By shop front
on 04 February, 2021

This year Valentine’s Day is unlike any our little shop has prepared for. Since Covid-19 started everything has been unpredictable. In 2020 we saw everything from barely any sales during the bushfire and the start of the pandemic to being crazy busy during the peak of Covid in Canberra. February the 14th falls on a Sunday this year which also means people generally buy less flowers and instead opt for a lovely lunch at a local Cafe or dinner at one of our many amazing restaurants.  All of the previous calculations and methods for predicting how many flowers we need to order or how many deliveries we need to prepare for has basically gone out of the window and instead we will be planning to gather our usual extend shop family and prepare for as much as we can and hope for the best. Keeping this in mind we have decided to only offer a limited number of deliveries and instead of having a cut off date we will cut them off when we reach capacity so please get your orders in early this year and please shop local this Valentine's day!

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