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Inside look at the flower market - October 2021

by Jane Lampe |

OMG - the flowers around a the moment are out of this world!! Every day when I go to the markets there is something new. Something pretty, and springlike. Here are some of our favourite flowers we've been using lately, and some that will be around for the next few weeks!

1. Guelder Rose

Meaning - Winter, age

The perfect precursor to hydrangea, guelder rose, starts flowering in a lime green, and then turns ivory as it matures. It is a gorgeous, dainty flower, really full and beautiful. It's not around for long, but we are making the most of it while it is!

2. Statice

Meaning - Rememberance

Statice comes in the most gorgeous, soft colours of white, mauve, pink, and lemon yellow, and looks gorgeous and soft when it's fresh, drying out nicely to last forever!

3. Pierus

Meaning - Happy thoughts and happiness through the ages

We love using pierus for our white bunches, it has a gorgeous shape and falls beautifully, like a waterfall.

4. Carnations

Meaning - Mother's eternal love

We are getting the most beautiful carnations at the moment in the most gorgeous colours, soft peaches and pinks, and darker pinks and stripes. I never thought I would use carnations in our bouquets, but i can't go past these ones!

5. Bluebells

Meaning - Humility, faithfulness

Bluebells are just gorgeous, and look so pretty next to the pinks and peaches we are using in our bouquets.

6. Azalea

Meaning - Fragility, Temperance

The azaleas are coming in the most beautiful colours - from a range of gorgeous pinks, to white. They double as a flower and beautiful foliage in our bouquets.

7. Lavendar

Meaning - Distrust

How can such a sweet smelling flower have such an awful meaning? Wel, historically, lavender grew in hot climates, where venomous snakes frequently made their homes. So it could lure a curious person to their death. Some say the snake that killed cleopatra was hidden in a bundle of lavender.

8. King Proteas

Such a beautiful, meaty native, but so feminine in it's colour.

9. Flannel flowers

If you know the right people, you can usually get your hands on the odd bunch of flannel flowers all year round, but over the next few weeks, flannel flowers are in their element. They are beautiful and long, and their perfectly simple faces are even more perfect than usual. 

10. Delphinium

Meaning - Delphiniums symbolize cheerfulness and goodwill, as well as a protective plant. Delphiniums are used to communicate encouragement and joy, as well as remembering loved ones who have passed.

Delphiniums come in gorgeous hues of blue, white, and mauve/pink. We love using them in our country style bouquets!

Here are some of the beautiful flowers that we talked about last month that are still around.

11. Waratah

You'll recognise this beautiful flower as the NSW floral emblem and one of Australia's most well known native flowers. East Coast Wildflowers (our source of all amazing Australian natives) bring the most perfect Waratahs to the Sydney flower market. We'll often use them in mixed bouquets but they are so magnificent displayed in a vase on their own.

Predominantly a beautiful, traditional red, for a brief moment, we will also see amazing pink and white Waratahs in the market soon!


Image Source: Elise Hassey for Floreat

Colours: red, "shady lady", pink, white and "fire and brimstone" 

12. Forget me nots 

Meaning - Forget me not. 

One of the only naturally "true blue" flowers available through the year, forget me nots have been sneaking in to the market over the last few weeks.

Symbolizing faithful love and memories, forget me nots are a dainty flower, the size of a tiny button, with a hint of yellow in the centre, and such a pretty element to a garden style bouquet, or even gorgeous just to have a pretty posy of this on your own next to your bed or in the bathroom.

Image Source: Pinterest

13. Sweet William

Meaning - Gallantry

We've been using a lot of sweet williams lately - I love the tomato red and candy pink colours - not to mention the two-tone burgundy and white. 

14. Rhododendron 

Meaning - Beauty and Energy

Rhododendron are often confused with Azalea, but with their much thicker, paddle-shaped evergreen leaves and big round clusters of brightly coloured flowers, which when flowering are so breathtaking they want to make you whip out your phone for a pic. 

While they are often deceivingly unassuming when picked, being tight with brown buds, but they are worth sticking with because when fully open, they are striking.


Photo by Randall Schieber, Image Source

Image Source: Canva 

    Colours: Shades of Purple, Red, White, Pink, Yellow  

    15. Ranunculus

    Meaning - I am dazzled by your charms

    Ranunculus are one of the most perfect flowers! Their rose-like heads, which are formed from layers of tissue-thin petals, bring so much joy to everyone who sees them. Don't be fooled by their delicate petals though, they are surprisingly robust and long lasting. When fresh, their heads are tightly closed and smaller in size, opening up over a few days to reveal the most soft and fluffy flowers.

    Image Source: @floretflower Instagram

    Image Source: @trillefloral Instagram

    Colours: colours range from pale yellow to apricot, red, white, pink, orange and burgundy. 

    16. Boronia

    This flower would have to have one of the most beautiful scents I have ever smelt. It is most recognisable in a fuscia pink, but we have known to get it in a soft yellow, and soft mauve. Here is some of the fuscia boronia in one of our bright bouquets.

    17. Jasmine

    Meaning - love, beauty, or sensuality

    Jasmine is always a sign that spring is on it's way! The jasmine always lends such a beautiful texture to our bouquets, and smells amazing!!


    Image source - @tillawinston

    18. Phillica

    I LOVE phillica - it is such a beautiful, fluffy native, and dries out so nicely, it is a perfect everlasting flower.


    19. Paper Daisies

    Another favourite of mine, paper daisies, or strawflowers, come in the most beautiful colours, and dry out beautifully as well if you can hang them upside down.

    20. Anenomes

    Meaning - Forsaken Love

     One of our all-time favourites are back!! The beautiful "panda" colour with the blush petals and dark centre is beautiful, and they also come in gorgeous fire-engine red, fascia, purple, Burgundy, and white with a green centre.

    Photo source : Elise Hassey for Floreat


    21. Poppies

    Meaning - Restful sleep and Recovery

    Another favourite, Poppies are popping up now!! They come in such fantastic colours, and I love it that they literally pop open!!


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