PRODUCT UPDATES – 4/5/17
- Japanese product— pretty much finished after this weekend. A few sweet peas and ranunculus will trickle in but do not count on them, mainly solid colors on sweet peas. The bicolors are finished.
- Roses– please keep your eye on your landed prices. Production is down and prices are up.
Finished/ Not Available
Acacia – Blooming all varieties
Agonis – off crop until end of April / early May
Dahlias – BALL DAHLIAS ARE OFF CROP!!
Festival Bush / Xmas Bush
Genestra – local and import finished
Honey Suckle – (will start back up in April)
Mock orange – not until summer
Pieris Flowering – finished again
Protea Blushing Bride- wont start back up until May
Protea Pink Mink
Protea King white – finished until May
Saracena (cobra lily)
Sedum all shades
Snow on the mountain
Southern Smilax – off crop until end of May
Stephanotis – off crop
Sweet Pea Japanese – finished
Agonis – extremely limited and $$$$$
Amaranthus upright bronze – extremely limited
Anemone white w/green center- only 1 grower and he is limited so if you have large amounts go Dutch
Artichokes – Burgundy
Aster Matsumoto- lavender or white
Camelia- Oregon is off crop
Dahlia Café Au Lait – very limited
Delph Bella/waltz White – extremely limited
Delph Belladonna or Waltz light or dark blue – staring to come back but still limited
Delph Hybrid White and pink- extremely limited
Fern Shoots – limited and price increase
Hypericum – coco avanti and coco casino are gapping for 2 more weeks. Sunkist –has been having production issues
Ivy tree variegated
Lisianthus Local – peach/blush same color and limited
Lisianthus Brown- local only, very very limited
Pampas Grass – extremely limited
Scabiosa – very limited locally Import has white, pink lavender, black, Bi Colors
Trachelium- limited locally- available import
Yarrow Yellow – import only
Warratah protea red – import
Boronia hot pink
Protea pink ice
Queen annes lace – white or choco
Acacia foliage – purple fern leaf
Aquilegia – white, pink, burg
Bleeding heart- red, white, pink
Delphinium Light Pink – short-limited
Dogwood flowering – limited
Clematis- Local-white limited
Easter Lily cut- import only
Plum Foliage-still has tender growth- no credits
Agapanthus- import only
Allium- Import only
Amaranthus upright or hanging red or green
Astilbe import $$$
Birds- available locally
Bouvardia – local available, no light pink only hot pink, white, red. If you need light pink go to imports
Campanula – import only
Coxcomb – Import only
Dahlias – winter production- basic colors- limited
Eremurus- yellow and orange- import
Forget me knots
Helleborus-import and local
Hydrangea Nice Colors-Import
Kangaroo paw- local and 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
Lilac- local lav/purple (nice stuff now)
Lilac white or blush- import only
Lisianthus local- white, purple- other colors limited
Lilac white or blush –import $$$$
Passion vine- vine only
Peony – Finally USA has started, hip hip hooray!!!. As usual corals are first in, there are some hot pinks, and whites should start in about a week. Quality should be outstanding this year after all the rain and cooler weather he have had. Peony for Mother’s Day will be available – ask you sales rep.
Ranunculus – Import will continue for a few more weeks (doubtful that they will stretch to Mother’s Day) Some local growers have already finished
Ranunculus butterfly- single bloom- Japanese varieties but from local or import – (not Japan)
Riceflower pink – local
Scabiosa Pods – go Import
Snowberries – import
Statice – tissue limited, sinuata available
Sweet pea – Imports and local but not Japanese
Vinburnum berries blue- import only short 5st
Some More Updates…
Little update on product from Oregon…
We continue to get rain almost daily but at least our temperatures have increased, its getting warmer, days are longer. The swallows have returned, frogs started croaking and even a few turkey buzzards have been spotted, all signs that spring is in effect.
Locally, around town, we’re seeing daffodils, crocus, muscari, spanish bluebells and tulips, the first flowers to really bloom in this climate. Iris have not started to bloom, they are just breaking ground. Spirea is starting, magnolia blooms are finishing. Dogwood and lilac are right around the corner. Blackberries are starting to leaf out and grow foliage. Blueberries are in their bloom stage, leafless and covered in little pieris-like blooms. We are a long ways away from seeing actual fruit. I expect to see bleeding hearts very soon.
Many of the trees are finishing their early bloom, like forsythia, quince and cherry, while deciduous trees are starting to show some leaves. Magnolia are done. Pieris is done. We are a good 3 weeks behind schedule from where we were this time last year.
We can expect most commercially grown cuts to be 3-4 weeks behind schedule this year.
On the farm level, the rain slows everything down as farmers cannot till their soil yet, many fields are still flooded. Farmers are anxious to plant dahlia tubers soon. Mid April is normal time to start some seedlings. Mid may is when summer flowers get planted..so for Oregon we’re months away from seeing anything in annual types of flowers.
We can rely on California for these types of flowers. For sure, we will not have peonies early, like last year, they will come after the Mother’s Day holiday.
We’ll keep looking and hunting for fun blooming stuff, but for sure ‘we’re not there yet’, so stay buckled up on this car ride and things should get better.
This week I’ll be sending local hellebore (gorgeous!!), local daffodils, a few flowering currant(Ribes), some blooming ‘honey berry’ which is a honeysuckle cousin, some dark pink tulip magnolia. Next week I can expect more hellebores and daffodils. I also have double red thornless flowering quince lined up.
On dogwood…enjoy the cut stage we have in inventory. These small buds will change quickly into cool looking green flowers. They are pretty awesome in this stage and much more practical than open cut dogwood…open cut is very difficult to handle..even though it is gorgeous when blooming, for sure. Don’t underestimate the beauty of the dogwood buds..test some out..see what they do.