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Australia Flower Availability Guide

Florist Sally Thompson of Blushing Blooms shares expert tips on flower selection by ‘the calendar’…

As a florist, one of the questions I am most frequently asked by brides is about flower availability.

In Australia we are quite spoiled, our mild climate is conducive to wide availability of many species and our proximity to Asia allows for easy importing of specialty exotics such as orchids and roses.

Despite this, some flowers are truly seasonal and only available in certain months.

I recommend that my brides select flowers that are truly ‘in season’. There are a number of reasons for this. Choosing a bloom that is naturally available in any period ensures vast supply, excellent quality and greater affordability.

Summer

Agapanthus, Belladonna Lilies, Buddleia, Calla Lilies, Christmas Bells, Dahlia, Delphinium, Frangipani, Freesia, Garden Roses, Gardenia, Ginger, Grevillea, Hydrangea, Larkspur, Lavender, Lisianthus, Peony, Pineapple Lilies, Queen Anne’s Lace, Stephanotis, Singapore Orchids, Tuberose, Vanda Orchids, Water Lilies.

This white rose and white lisianthus wedding bouquet from Martha Stewart Weddings makes for a gorgeous display embellished with a unique black and white textured bow.

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Autumn

Brunii, Cymbidium Orchids, Delphinium, Garden Roses, Gardenia, Hydrangea, Lavender, Lisianthus, Privet Berries, Stephanotis, Stock, Tuberose, Tulips, Water Lilies.

San Fran florist’s Birch created this beautiful display photographed by Meg Smith using white hydrangea. Simple, elegant and chic.

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Winter

Anemone, Camellia, Daffodil, Daphne, Earlicheer, Hyacinth, Jonquil, Kale, Poppy, Ranunculus, Rhododendron, Rosehip, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip, Violet, Wattle.

Maida Vale Invitations featured this lovely daffodil inspiration board on their blog. Golden, fresh and delicious it just makes me think of sunshine, perfect for a winter wedding.

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Spring

Arum Lily, Azalea, Blossom, Camellia, Daffodil, Delphinium, Erica, Gardenia, Garden Roses, Hyacinth, Jasmine, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Pansy, Peony, Poppies, Rhododendron, Stephanotis, Stock, Sweet Pea, Tulip.

This tulip bouquet is fresh and crisp in green and white tones. Designed by Glasgow florists Mood Flowers – it’s elegant simplicity celebrates the natural shape and movement of the flower.

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All year round

Alstroemeria, Anthurium, Asiatic Lilies, Freesia, Gardenia, Gerbera, Gladioli, Glasshouse Roses, Iris, Lilium, Longiflorum Lilies, Oriental lilies, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Protea, Singapore Orchids, Succulents.

This icy cool succulent inspired board showcasing ‘all year round flowers’ is from Tulsa wedding florists, The French Bouquet. What makes it so elegant is the perfect blend of minimalism, quirk and whimsy.

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Author Sally Thompson.

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“I’m Marcela, an Aussie expat living in Hong Kong. This space is where I share my love for weddings and bits and pieces from my family’s life and adventures. I love celebrating weddings, motherhood, family, travel and life’s simple joys.”