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Mayesh Minute: Local Oregon Flowers

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For today’s Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson reviews some great product from Oregon. A great selection of summer flowers: Hopleys pink and purple oregano, Echinops, blackberries, white oregano, Kent’s  Beauty oregano, Physostegia (obedient plant), Blue Muffin viburnum, eryngium.

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Flower 411: Anemones, Gardenia, Tulips & More

Flower 411

 

Curious as to what’s going on in the world of cut flowers? Here is a summary put together by our fabulous purchasing department – enjoy!

 

Product Updates
Acacia Bagged- available
Agonis Green- very limited
Agonis Brown- available
Almond branches- pink only available
Amaranthus Bronze – NOT AVAILABLE LOCALLY
Anemones- local are available
Apricot blossom- available
Artichokes – mostly green, chocolate are very limited
Artichokes Baby – mostly green, chocolate are very limited
Aster Matsumoto Lavender- very limited
Astilbe-import
Astrantia-import-frequently held
Bells- local are back on
Blackberries-Import
Boronia heather  not yet ~ probably sometime in March
Bouvardia- Local very limited, available Dutch import
Brunia Green- finished ( local berzellia)
Brunia silver-finsihed
Bupleurum- local limited
Calcynia/ Thrypotmine-local pink only
Celosia-not available
Cherry Blossom- available white and pink
Cosmos chocolate- import only
Coxcomb-not available
Craspedia- limited locally
Dahlias- EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!  Did I say hard to get?
Delph light blue and dark blue- Local is on
Delph White- almost impossible to get
Delph Hybrid- coming on locally, white as always is limited
Eremurus- import only- gets held frequently
Eucalyptus gunni/parvafolia- limited but seeing moon lagoon
Forsythia-available
Freesia- coming on locally
Freesia Super  heavy white, colors available somewhat limited right now…coming
French Tulip- Flaming Parrot- local coming on
Gardenia-numbers are coming back up
Genestra- import and local
Hydrangea – import
Jasmine- available but limited
Larkspur-  limited
Lisianthus- very limited locally but short and pricey
Magnolia blooming -NW still tight buds, maybe some in Calif more developed
Passion vine – available no flowers
Peach Blossom- available
Peony- import
Phlox-import
Piers Japonica- local just now hitting, will be gone quickly
Plum Blossom-not available
Poppy Hybrid- import
Poppy Pods- should start early march
Protea-Blushing Bride-finished
Protea- King Pink- very limited
Protea pincushion- coming on locally orange
Protea- Pink Ice – available
Protea- Whites  -extremely limited
Quince blossom- finished
Queen Anne’s lace – very limited
Queen Anne’s Lace- Chocolate-available
Raspberries-Not available (sub Blackberries)
Riceflower- hot pink only
Scabiosa Black/Burg- limited locally
Scabiosa White  limited locally
Scabiosa Pods- very limited
Smilax-Bag- available
Smilax- Southern – available
Snapdragon peach- almost impossible to get
Snowberry- not available
Statice – purple available, colors limited
Stock- #1 and #2 grade
Sunflower- green center- limited
Sunflower-black center- limited
Sunflower-bi color-limited
Sunflower- Chocolate-Limited
Sunflower mini-available black center only
Sweet pea-import
Trachelium-import
Trachelium green –import
Tulips regular- local and import available
Tulips-Frilled- good Dutch selection, white local only
Tulips- Parrot- good dutch selection, local limited
Tweedia- gapping locally, avail Japanese but pricey
Veronica local production starting…limited
Viburnum Berry – NZ redish/purple available only
Viburnum-import
Waxflower- Local is on, regular and hybrids- also tints

 

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Flower 411: Ranunculus Production Down, While Peonies are Up

Flower 411

Hey everyone! I am back with a great update from the Mayesh purchasing team! I know it isn’t the most exciting reading, but great information none-the-less. Probably an update that everyone wants to know is that the production is slowing down on both anemones and ranunculus, while peony production is picking up. Please keep that in mind when planning your weekly orders. Here’s more wholesale flower information:

Acorns – finished
Anemones – import
Artichokes – gapping
Artichokes Baby –gapping
Astilbe – import
Astrantia – import-frequently held
Black Berries – finished
Bouvardia – Local very limited, available Dutch import
Callicarpa/Beauty Berry – available local and import
Calcynia – finished
Celosia Coxcomb – local very limited, Dutch import available
Celosia Feather – available in red and yellow
Chamomile – white very limited, yellow only button available
Chinese Lanterns – finished
Clematis small flower -import
Cosmos chocolate – available
Cotinus foliage – medium 10st finished
Cotinus foliage long 5st – ending next week
Cotinus Blooming (smoke bush) -finished
Crocosmia flower – limited local and expensive
Crocosmia Pods – Finished
Cymbidiums – Brown, Burgundy – Dutch only
Dahlias – finishing up locally, moving to more basic year round colors
Delph light blue and dark blue – Limited
Delph White – almost impossible to get
Delph Hybrid – limited
Echinops – finished
Euphorbia – Snow on the mountain – limited
Grass – wild foxtail – Finished
Honeysuckle – pre order, limited
Hydrangea Local – antiques only
Hydrangea solid color – Dutch import
Iris Colors – limited
Jasmine – foliage only no flowers
Kale – local mostly green, colors go Dutch
Kangaroo Paws – go Dutch – local very limited
Larkspur – limited
Nigella Flower – finished
Nigella pods – limited
Passion vine – lavender pre order
Peacock Plume – Finished
Phlox – local white
Piers Japonica – Dutch import
Peony – import, certain colors limited
Poppy Hybrid – off crop
Poppies Icelandic – off crop
Protea – Blushing Bride -available
Protea – King Pink – import
Protea – King White limited
Protea pincushion – import
Protea – Pink Ice – available
Protea – Whites limited
Pokeweed – finished
Queen Anne’s lace – limited
Queen Anne’s Lace – Chocolate – limited
Ranunculus – import
Raspberries – finished
Rosemary – available
Scabiosa Black/Burg – limited
Scabiosa Pods – available
Scabiosa White – very limited
Sedum – finished
Smilax – Bag – available
Smilax – Southern – available
Snowberry – finished
Statice – purple available, colors extremely limited
Stock – production low
Sunflower – Chocolate-limited
Sunflower – Teddy Bear- finished
Sunflower – Bi-Color/Mahogany or Ring of Fire available
Sweet pea – very limited
Trachelium – local limited
Trachelium green – import
Tulips – Double – white, lavender, monsella and orange princess available local-others go Dutch if available
Tulips – French – Clear Water, Temple, Renown Unique, Flaming Parrot and Camarque
available only; French will be ending this week and gapping until December
Tulips – Frilled – Dutch only
Tulips – Parrot – Super Parrot, Irene and Rococco local – anything else go Dutch if avail
Tulips – Regular – import starting, local very low production
Tulip lily Shaped- Pretty woman and tres Chic available in very limited quantities
Tweedia – limited
Viburnum Berry – NZ redish/purple available only
Viburnum Cranberry – Finished
Waxflower- import
Yarrow Cottage-very limited
Yarrow yellow-available
**Oregon flowers and foliages in general are finishing up; they are onto Xmas green, sticks and
berries.

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Flower 411: Green Viburnum, Peonies & More

Flower 411



Our amazing purchasing department has put together a great summary of what is going on in the world of cut flowers. Please read through so that you have the most up-to-date flower 411!

Availability on California field crops are very low. The summer heat, the drought, high winds, and shorter days are all creating a shortage of product. Obvious items that we’re struggling with include stock, hybrid delphinium, larkspur, bupleurum, and Queen Anne’s lace. Every wholesaler in the US is busy, causing every farm to be busy as well. The growers are really struggling to keep up with demands.

We receive many last minute orders. However this time of year the deck is stacked against our late orders. The growers simply cannot cover the HUGE orders we drop on them at 1 o’clock on Thursday afternoon for the next day. We are not giving these growers even a full 24 hours to cut, process, and pack their flowers at a time when the demand is so high, they sell out every day. Last minute orders run a very high chance of not being covered. So please strive to place your orders in advanced – this will greatly help us all out.

 

Product Notes (please share!)

  • Anemones very limited.
  • Viburnum green snowball will be starting this week.
  • Peonies from Chile  will be starting very soon, within 10 days, weather permitting.
  • Ranunculus still rolling in from Chile, burgundy is not available.
  • African product will continue coming.
  • Local pink protea have started.
  • Outdoor field crops in California are very limited as stated above. We’re struggling to cover orders for hybrid Delphinium, larkspur, Queen Anne’s and chocolate lace, bupleurum, craspedia, bouvardia, and especially on stock. Stock does not do well when its hot and crops have been damaged/destroyed. This will continue to be a problem until new crops start in winter. We’re covering maybe 40% of stock orders right now.
  • Scabiosa is another victim of the heat wave.
  • Japanese flowers – we won’t have anything coming from there for a while, maybe a month. When production improves we can consider placing orders.
  • Oregon products are winding down quickly and we’re one cold night away from being 100% Christmas/Holiday greens and berries. This area has had a strong summer of production but many things started early, and continue to come early. Ilex berry is in full color right now, came early and may finish early. Fall leaves are tough to find now, as they tend to fall off right after they change color. Local production of hydrangea is completely done.
  • Dahlias are going down in production and head size, while demand is sky high.
  • Wax from Peru is winding down. Some farms no longer have a true white variety, purple is finished, pink shades are limited. We may bring in some imports from Australia, but it is pricey.
  • Calcynia/thrytomene probably finished within a week.
  • Callas – prices inching up on fall colors. True red, burgundy and orange are not available from California growers. For imported callas, you can expect to see high prices on fall colors.
  • Fall colored product from Colombia – poms, carns, minis..they seem to have started too early. Moonvista carns are still limited.
  • Dutch production is picking up. We now have Dutch Boxlots each week.
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Field to Vase Dinner in Portland Recap

 

Have you ever wanted to have dinner at a flower farm? The Field to Vase dinner tour gave many that very opportunity in 10 different cities serving up local flowers and fare. Mayesh was a sponsor for the Carpinteria, Carlsbad, and Portland dinners along with with the upcoming final date in Detroit (complimenting The Flower House installation happening during the same week)!

Amy Gebhardt, our Portland branch manager, attended and said that “it was cool to bring together customers, wholesalers, vendors, growers and end users all at the same table.  Sitting next to someone you do not know and striking up a conversation about how you came to be at the dinner was great.”

Take a peak at the pictures Amy took at the dinner and stay tuned for a post on the dinner tour finale in Detroit. Tickets for the dinner are unfortunately sold out, but you can still get tickets for The Flower House, which is going to be amazing!

 

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Flower 411: Hydrangea, Poppies, Protea & More

Flower 411

 

Here’s the latest wholesale flower information from our Mayesh purchasing team! Enjoy!

 

Anemones- import readily available

Artichokes –  steady availability

Artichokes Baby –steady availability

Astilbe-import

Astrantia-available

Bells of Ireland- production going down

Berzellia-import

Bittersweet Green-available

Black Berries-finished

Bouvardia- Local white is very limited

Buddleia –  purple only  limited

Calla Mini- Peach limited, some colors only available in shorter lengths

Calcynia-import

Celosia Coxcomb-green is import only

Celosia Feather-available limited color

Chamomile- limited

Clematis large flower-Local – white limited  colors ok

Clematis small flower-import

Clover/Gomphrena- Lavender, Red, Pink, Purple, White

Cosmos-White and Pink- N/A nobody is growing it

Cosmos chocolate-available

Cosmos new color (burgundy)-very limited

Cotinus foliage- available

Cotinus Blooming (smoke bush)-finished

Crocosmia flower-orange only-only a week or so left

Crocosmia Pods- availble

Cymbidiums-  good numbers

Cymbidium Minis –  good numbers

Dahlias-local available

Delph White- almost impossible to get

Delph Hybrid- limited

Echinops- almost finished

Euphorbia- Dog Eye Antique-available limited

Euphorbia- Snow on the mountain-available

Foxglove- gapping

Foxglove Illumination- limited

Gardenia Foliage   available but just covering standing orders

Gomphrena/Clover-available

Hops- on through 1rst-2nd week of September

Honeysuckle   pre order, limited

Hydrangea Lacecap-going to antique

Hydrangea Limelight-available

Hydrangea Local – moving from solid colors to antique

Hydrangea solid color-dutch

Hydrangea Peegee- white almost finished

Iris Blue- readily available

Iris Colors- limited

Jasmine- foliage only no flowers

Kale – available

Kumquats-  finished

Larkspur- production going down

Lisianthus- Peach, Lavender, Bi-Pink are more limited, Blush and Green extremely limited

Lysmachia-import

Nicotiana  -not available

Nigella Flower-  finished

Nigella pods- limited

Passion vine – coral and lavender pre order

Phlox-dutch

Piers Japonica-  flowers just starting

Pitt- Italian  very limited

Peony- Finished

Poppy Hybrid- off crop

Poppies Icelandic-off crop

Poppy white or red-not available

Poppy pods-available

Protea-Blushing Bride-available

Protea- King Pink- import

Protea-King White  limited

Protea pincushion- readily available import

Protea- Pinks- available starting locally

Protea- Whites   limited

Pokeweed- Almost finished

Queen Annes Lace –  good numbers

Queen Annes Lace- Chocolate-available

Queen Annes Lace-Neopolitan- limited

Ranunculus- import readily available

Raspberries-sub black berries- finished

Riceflower – scarce

 

Rosemary-  available

Sage-available

Scabiosa Black/Burg

Scabiosa Blue-limited

Scabiosa Pink-limited

Scabiosa Pods-available

Scabiosa Red-limited

Scabiosa White- very limited

Sedum- green available finished soon, pink just starting

Smilax-Bag- available

Smilax- Southern –  in season now

Snowberry- white starting next week locally, pink starting locally

Statice seafoam-available

Statice Sinuata- purple available, colors extremely limited

Statice tissue- gapping for a week

Stock- production very low

Sunflower-Chocolate-not available/sub bi color, mahogany and ring of fire available

Sweet pea-very limited

Trachelium- local limited

Trachelium green -import

Tulips- Double- only cream/pale yellow and orange princess available and extremely limited

Tulips- French- off crop for a few weeks

Tulips-Frilled- only white, extremely limited and tiny heads

Tulips- Parrot- extremely limited- have been getting lavender, red, white, webers, bright

Tulips-Regular- import starting, local very low production

Tweedia-limited

Viburnum Berry Blue- almost finished

Viburnum berry Red- available

Waxflower- import

Yarrow button/ tansy-available

Yarrow Cottage-very limited

Yarrow yellow-available

Zinnia- extremely limited

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The Mayesh Minute: Crocosmia Lucifer

American Grown Crocosmia Lucifer
In this edition of the Mayesh Minute, David Dahlson shows us locally grown Crocosimia Lucifer.

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Flower 411: Tulips, Dahlias, Berries, Smilax & More

Flower 411

 

Here’s the latest information from our Mayesh purchasing team! Enjoy!

 

Local aggies – only available in blue from one vendor

Allium Giant – Finished

Anemone – VERY LIMITED!!!

Artichoke burgundy – small and large off crop for a few weeks

Astilbe – available from Portland

Blackberries – available from Portland

Buddlea – crop is quarantined for now

Cornflower – Limited, no Pink

Cranberry Viburnum- available from Oregon

Crocosmia – available from Portland

Dahlias are starting in Oregon and after this weekend – they should be in full production (100 degree weekend). Also readily available from California

Hybrid Delph – white limited, light blue extremely limited

Eremurus – Finished

French Tulips – limited and pricey

Gardenia Foliage – still limited

Gunni euc – still limited, getting small amounts

Hydrangea local – coming on hot pink, purple, blue

Iris – White and Light Blue extremely limited

Ixia – Finished

White kale locally – it’s getting too hot so they are staying green

LLV – quality issues from Canadian source.price going back up, from local WENU and Dutch

Lysmachia – available from Portland

Moc Orange –  finished

Peonies – Starting in Alaska

Protea –  still south Africa only

Ranunculus Local is pretty much done except locally, import is just starting-very very limited

Smilax – production starting to ramp back up, still limited

Southern smilax – just starting

Local Spray Roses – EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!

Tulips – Limited to basic colors. White, purple, red, yellow,orange and hot pink. Light pink is very limited.

Tulips Double – extremely limited the only colors I have see infrequently are Upstar (blush), Montreaux (cream/pale yellow) and orange princess (orange)

Tulips Frilled – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are Honeymoon (white)- may be able to get 100 to 200 stems a week if lucky.

Tulips Parrots – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are flaming, bright (red with yellow tip), Rebel white and Libretto.

Viburnum berry – blue is finished

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The Mayesh Minute: History of Stock

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Get a little history lesson from David Dahlson as he discusses California grown stock in today’s Mayesh Minute!

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A Visit to Floret Farm

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the lovely farm of Erin Benzakein (pictured above), Floret Flower Farm, in Washington’s Skagit Valley. Many of you have probably heard of Floret, and may even follow along with her blog and Instagram. If you’re not, take a quick break from reading this and go change that, you won’t regret it! A few years back, Erin and her family decided to leave the bustling city of Seattle, and do a complete lifestyle 180. They originally had no intention of entering the flower farming business, but, like many people in the flower business claim, it just sort of happened. And thank goodness it did!

 

Floret

Floret

 

They are now operating a beautiful little farm, producing gorgeous flowers with a focus on old fashioned and traditional varieties, and holding educational workshops for fellow flower farmers, designers, or just plain old fanatics. Erin was recently named one of Martha Stewarts Top 62 Floral Designers to Book for your Wedding, and is in the process of writing her first book. In other words, things are good!

 

Floret

 

Anyways, back to the farm visit. We headed out on a dreary, Seattle morning, driving about an hour north of the city. After passing through the charming little town of Mount Vernon, we pulled up to a quaint farmhouse, and were welcomed by a small flock of wandering chickens. As I got out of the car, I quickly realized that my choice of suede oxfords was not the brightest idea for visiting a flower farm, in February, in Washington, on a rainy day. See what I’m getting at? Mud. Lots of mud. But as Erin and her husband Chris came around the corner, I quickly forgot about my shoe predicament and turned my focus towards them. They were warm and welcoming, and for reasons unknown to me, apologized for the weather and lack of blooms at the moment. We’re the ones who chose to come out in February, so this was exactly what we expected! They showed us around the farm, a series of small green houses and a long row of hoop houses, which housed a variety of flowers, including ranunculus, tulips, hellebores, poppies and more. There were also more wandering chickens, which I had fun chasing down to get the perfect Instagram shot, of course. Regardless of the weather, or the time of year, it was so cool to see a high end, small-scale farm, run by a humble family doing what they love and making this down-to-earth, simple lifestyle their reality. Growing up in Los Angeles, to now living in Seattle, I have always been intrigued by a slower lifestyle outside of the city. Less noise, less pollution, and more time to enjoy the little things life has to offer, and spend quality time with friends, family, and the land… It’s something I’ve always considered, and this short trip to Floret most definitely added a tally mark in the column for life outside the city.

Stay tuned for some potentially exciting news, having to do with me, Floret, and a pair of muddy rain boots. In the meantime, here are a couple more photos of some of the beautiful flowers coming out of this little Washington gem…

 

Floret

Floret

 

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