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Monthly Market Update : January 2023

by Jane Lampe |

New Year, and a whole new array of beautiful summery flowers to choose from!! 

Here are a few of my favourites, that we are using a lot of at the moment in our arrangements and bouquets.

1. Pale pink flannel flowers

Craig Scott from East Coast Wildflowers has been breeding these super special, and rare, pale pink flannel flowers, and we have been very lucky to nab a few bunches over the last few weeks!

The are so pretty and dainty, their stems have the most amazing shape, and they last for ages!!!

2. Zinnias

Meaning - friendship, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness, and lasting affection

 Zinnias come in the most special colours - I particularly love the soft pinks and peaches, but the lime greens and other bright colours are also gorgeous! The ones in this photo are grown by the lovely @tillawinstonflowers

3. Scabiosa

Meaning - pure love, purity and peace

Scabiosa is a very pretty flower, with a very unfortunate name. Coming in white, pale pink, raspberry, Burgundy, and mauve, they are a real english "rustic style" flower, cute as a button, and a lovely addition to many of our bouquets.

They also come in these fun scabiosa "pods" which are a bit different! (The pods in this image below are also grown by @tillawinstonflowers.

The raspberry scabiosa in this image are grown by @jonimaflowers

4. Dahlias

Meaning - eternal love and commitment

Dahlias are around now until Mother's Day. They come in beautiful colours, including bright pinks and apricots, white, Burgundy, and my favourite, cafe au lait, and also different sizes, from the cute little pompom variety, to some that are as big as a plate!

Dahlias can last about a week if kept in the right spot.

5. Gardenias

Meaning - Purity and Gentleness

And gardenias are just that. While they don't last long, while they do, they have the purest, most divine scent. And their foliage is also a really lovely fresh green.

6. Cosmos

Meaning - order and harmony

Coming in white and a beautiful candy pink colour, with yellow centres, cosmos are often used to symbolize order and harmony, due largely to the flower's harmonious petals.

Another really "English" style flower, in particular, the different pinks in the pink cosmos can be quite unique and lovely.

7. Rottnest Island Daisies

Meaning - Innocence, childhood and purity

From... yes! Rottnest Island! These native daisies are a pretty mauve colour, and are stronger than they look! They can last up to 3 weeks.

Being an Australian native flower, they don't have a Victorian meaning, so we'll go back to regular daisies, which mean innocence, childhood, and purity.

8. Banksia Speciosa

Meaning - Showy

Banksia speciosa is one of our favourite banksias! Masculine and strong, it looks great in our corporate arrangements, but also in our native and eclectic bouquets, and I love it's soft colour and zigzag leaves.

While not defined in the Victorian Language of Flowers, it's latin name means "showy", and it certainly is the star of the show!

9. Ornamental figs

Ornamental figs are a really interesting, structural element. I'm not sure if you could say they are a foliage or a flower? But they are fantastic all the same!! Great in our corporate arrangements, as well as our eclectic and botanic bunches, and no, you can't eat them!

10. Kangaroo paws

Kangaroo paws are having a second coming this month!! They were great in spring and early summer, but are back now and even stronger than they were before!! Beautiful in yellows, reds, oranges, pinks and mauves.

These ones below are grown by @craigioscott

Here's a little recap of the flowers we talked about last month, which lucky for us, are still around!

11. Roses 

Meaning - Love

Beautiful locally grown roses are amazing at the moment!!

My favourite varieties are princess, which are a stunning musk pink colour, honey dijon (no description needed?), Evelyn, which is a stunning, soft peach David Austin variety, and little old Cecile brunners, which are cute little button sized pink garden roses. 

But I also love every other colour, so I don't know why I narrow it down :)

Our beautiful locally grown roses have so much character, and the most amazing scent. And every rose has a different scent, so in line with their colour. Nature is amazing isn't it?

Image Credit: I Love Wednesdays for Floreat

Image Credit : Pinterest

12. Hydrangea 

Meaning - Boastfulness, Heartlessness

Hydrangea, not as it's height as it was in November/December, but featuring in it's darker, greener, and more neutral hues, which I love!

 Image Credit: @Charlotte_artyphoto

13. Hybrid Delphinium

Meaning - Cheerfulness and Goodwill

Another favourite, particularly the "pink" and pale blue. Beautiful, elegant hybrid delphinium is in it's element at the moment, strong and tall, it looks amazing in some of our larger bunches, and especially our country style bunches.

Image Credit: Gardener's World

Here are a few bouquets we have created over the last few weeks so you can see what we have been doing with all these beautiful flowers!

Browse Floreat's bouquets in our online shop or contact us if you'd like to chat about something in particular!