March Flower Availability

By shop front
on 24 March, 2019

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 2019

By shop front
on 14 March, 2019

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 were available for some 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 was hard to get.

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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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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