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Inside look at the Flower Market: May 2022

by Jane Lampe |

With Mother's Day coming up this weekend, there are so many beautiful flowers emerging at the markets at the moment!! There are so many new blooms to choose from, but here are a few of our favourites we are loving at the moment.

And so many with a special meaning for Mum for Mother's Day.

1.  Freesias

Meaning - friendship, trust, thoughtfulness and innocence

Freesias come in beautiful soft white and mauve, with brighter burgundy and yellow. They are so shapely and whimsical, beautiful on their own, or so pretty in mixed bunches. They open slowly, and last about a week!

2. Cymbidium Orchids

Meaning - orchids mean thoughtfulness, refinement, fertility, beauty, charm, and love, they're the perfect bloom to celebrate all of life's precious moments.

The lovely Neville Schaefer of Schaefer's Orchids only makes an appearance at Sydney Flower Market each Friday in the Winter months when his Cymbidium orchids are on full show, and what a treat it is when he's there. Our orchid order is always impeccably packed in boxes so that his prized Cymbids don't get damaged on their journey back to our studio. We got our first box last Friday, which is always a very exciting day!! 

Image Source: Elise Hassey for Floreat 

3. Cyclamen

Meaning - expresses love and sincere tenderness

Image Source: by Floreat using Cyclamen from T and ME Schepel
Each Friday in Winter, Arietta of T and ME Schepel pulls up a truck full of bright coloured beauties inside Sydney Flower Market: cyclamen, begonia and African violets. Cyclamen are such special flowers; each stem has it's own unique character within the bunch, some with frilly edges and others with ombre colour.  

They come in white, pale pink, hot pink, watermelon and red, and can sometime last nearly a month as a cut flower!!

4. Tulips

Meaning - perfect and deep love

One of the biggest supplier's of tulips in Australia is de Boer tulips (which translates to "The Farmer"), who began their family business in the fields of Holland. Based in Victoria, they are now the biggest supplier of tulips to the Sydney Flower Market and their contribution to the Australian local flower industry is invaluable. Their wide range of interesting single, double, parrot and frilly tulips are some of the most beautiful we've seen.


    Image Source: @ilovewednesdaysphoto for Floreat

    They come in oranges, pinks, peaches, reds, burgundy, purple, yellow, white, and they last for 7-10 days, while you can enjoy watching as their stems grow in the vase, sometimes up to 15cm or more! 

    5. Poppies

    Meaning - rememberance

    Image Source: @jonimaflowers Instagram

    The poppies popped up early this year, and we are very happy about that! We source our poppies from a few different growers, one of them being Jonima Flowers (read more about their family run farm here) who have tall, strong stemmed beauties in an incredible range of colours. 

    The come in white, pink, peach, red, yellow and orange sold all together in one mixed bunch, and can last for 5-7 days, depending on their stage of life. If closed in a bud and they haven't opened after a few days, you can scald the ends in boiling water for about 10 seconds or peel their furry, green cases off to nudge them open. 

    6. Hyacinth 

    Meaning - Constancy

    Hyacinths are one of my favourite flowers. They come in white, soft pink, raspberry, mauve, and blue. They take a few days to open completely, and then they are in their prime for a few days after that. They have quite a strong scent. 

    Image source - Pinterest

    7. Hakea

    A beautiful native flower originally from Western Australia, beautiful Hakea is so lovely in our native and eclectic bunches. The foliage is strong, and the flowers last about a week.

    @ilovewednesdaysphoto for Floreat

    8. King Proteas

    King proteas are such a statement flower, they have just started coming in to the market, which is very exciting!!

    Originally from South Africa, but sort of adopted by Australia :)

    Here are a few bouquets we've put together over the last few weeks!!\

    Browse the bouquets in our online shop or contact us if you'd like to place an order.