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We hope you are all enjoying yourself over the holidays, but as you gear up for 2017 events, we wanted to share the most recent Product Availability information from our Purchasing Department!
Artichokes – all colors and sizes finished until February
Bear Grass -Super
Dahlias- BALL DAHLIAS ARE FINISHED!!
Festival Bush/ Xmas Bush
Lysmachia- sub veronica
Pineapple Baby- off crop for a bit
Protea Blushing Bride
Saracena (cobra lily)
Sedum all shades
Banksia – assorted only- limited
Delph Bella/waltz White- extremely limited
Delph Hybrid White- extremely limited- import only
Delph Hybrid Colors- hardly any locally- go import
Ivy tree variegated
Jasmine- non flowering- vine only
Larkspur white-extremely limited
Larkspur colors- Limited
Lisianthus Local- Available import
Genestra white local -limited
Fern Shoots- limited and price increase
Peony– finishing up!
Protea King white and pink (Extremely Limited) DON’T PROMISE ON ORDERS
Protea pink ice
Stock Local- available import
Trachelium- limited locally- available import
Tulip Frilled- White
Genestra- Italy- a week or 2 away
Sweet peas – Import
Birds- available locally
Clematis – import only lavender, dark pink, purple
Coxcomb- import only
Dahlias- winter production- basic colors- limited
Eremurus- yellow and orange- import
Gerbera- red and white, if you need only red or white go import. Locally you will get white and red as a percentage of assorted, cannot get straight red and white – locally.
Helleborus- green only, no colors
Hydrangea – Nice Colors-Import
Lavender- English- has gotten to the point in the season where it has natural browning mixed in with the open flower. Order at your own risk. NO CREDITS
Japanese Product- still limited
Kangaroo paw- import only
Lilac- available import
Lily Casablanca, Crystal Blanca from Premium Grower- Limited
Lisianthus- blush and peach are the same thing- only getting a champagne/peach
Passion vine- vine only
Portland- berries and sticks only!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rosehips- red only available
Scabiosa- pricey depending on what import area they come from
Statice- tissue limited, sinuata available
Viburnum- available import
If you love artichokes as much as I do, you’ll love this awesome post about locally grown Arizona artichokes! When Sabrina saw these beauties in our Phoenix cooler, she couldn’t not learn more. Keep reading to find out what she discovered!
Guest Blogger: Sabrina Mesa
When you think of Arizona this is usually what people think about…
Cacti, cacti everywhere!! Most people are pretty surprised that Arizona is more than just cacti and dirt. The Arizona desert is actually a very diverse ecosystem with more than just prickly plants. According to the National Park Service:
The Sonoran Desert is thought to have the greatest species diversity of any desert in North America, and that diversity occurs over relatively fine spatial scales. The Sonoran Desert is home to at least 60 species of mammals, more than 350 bird species, 20 amphibians, some 100 reptiles, and about 30 species of native fish. More than 2,000 species of plants have been identified in the Sonoran Desert…
I am an Arizona native and I cannot believe that all these years Arizona can still surprise me. The biggest surprise came when I went to visit our Phoenix branch. In their cooler I saw these beauties:
This is one stem of an Artichoke Blossom. ONE stem with four massive artichokes!! I could not believe my eyes. The bloom was so large and the color of the artichoke leaves were such a beautiful shade of purple. As I looked at the rest of the inventory I noticed most of the stems were just as large and just as impressive.
Where did all these artichokes come from? I finally went into the office and asked the buyer and she was like “They are locally grown.” WHAT??????!!!! No way!! I kept telling her that there is no way those massive artichokes were grown in Arizona. Of course I was wrong and boy oh boy I was happy to be wrong. Check these out…
Not only are they locally grown but they are organic as well. The farmer uses only lady bugs as a means to keep the bad bugs away. What a great find! The farmer is an Italian born gentleman who is as passionate about his crop as the artichokes are large. He stopped by and gave me a little background. He said that he started out in Mexico with artichokes and asparagus, but the artichokes didn’t do as well as he had hoped. He moved his crop to Phoenix, and lo and behold the soil gave him a big vibrant crop! He said that the soil in Arizona is by far the largest success factor.
From now on hopefully you all think of Artichokes and Cacti when you think of Arizona. They are both pretty great but one is a little easier to work into an arrangement 😉