Australian Native Flowers
With over 25,000 species of flowering plants, Australia is known for having a diverse and unique range of Australian Native Flora. With the Summer temperatures soaring over forty, they have become well adapted to the Australian heat. Australian Native flowers come in an abundance of bright and spectacular colours. Some of the most popular Natives for cut flowers are listed below:
- Everlasting Daisies
- Gymea Lily
- Kangaroo Paw
- Rice flower
Caring for Australian Native Flowers is quite easy. They are hardy and require little or no effort to maintain. After purchasing re-cut the stems at the base by 2cm and place in cold water immediately. Some Natives such as Waratahs require the base of the stems to be cracked open in order for them to be able to uptake water. You will know if they need this, because they will quickly wilt, even when in water.
Native flowers can be used well in modern flower arrangements. They offer a vibrant display of colour and are very resilient. Please visit The NFGA (Native Flower Growers Association) provides valuable information about Australian native flowers and shrubs. There you will find images and description, including flowering periods and where natives can be found naturally growing.
CARING FOR NATIVE FLOWERS
Most Australian native flowers have hard woody stems and you will need to re-cut them with sharp secateurs, and immediately place them in water. Like any flower you should attempt to keep them cool whenever possible. Strip all the leaves from the lower half of each stem, then re-cut at least 2 cm off each stem and place in cold water immediately. Flower preservative is recommended but not essential. It is important to replace vase water with fresh preservative every day as all natives are thirsty flowers.
You will find that most native flowers are not sensitive to ethylene gas, but there are two exceptions to this. Waxflower and Waratah are both sensitive, so keep them away from fruit, car exhausts and cigarette smoke.
SENDING NATIVE FLOWERS TO AUSTRALIA
If you've ever visited Australia and seen the abundance of fresh flowers and produce, you will know that there is a large selection of Australian flowers to choose from. Having a mild temperate weather and many local flower growers, Australia boasts a diverse range of unique flowers to select from. Alongside this Australian Florists can also choose from a great selection of imported flowers from flower wholesalers, including flowers such as Orchids, Tropical flowers and other International Native flowers. Some of the most common flowers you will find if you visit an Australian Florist are listed below:
- Lilies (Liliums)
- Dutch Iris
- Birds of Paradise
Most of these flowers will be available all year round and locating them should not be a problem. Tulips however are out of season in the extreme Summer months between January and March.
Buy Australian Native Flowers
Australian native flowers can be delivered to all cities and states in Australia.
Finding a local Australian Florist is the best way to send flowers to Australia if you live or work abroad (see Sydney Florists, Melbourne Florists & Brisbane Florists for local florists). Viewing the range of flowers available Online can be done easily by visiting a local florist website. There you will find valuable information about the product range available, deliver schedules, contacts and ordering information.
SELECTING AUSTRALIAN FLOWERS
Selecting the right product to send can sometimes be confusing. With so many floral designs and flowers species to choose from, how does one know what to send? In terms of design, there are three common flower designs to choose from:
- Modern Designs
- Traditional Designs
- Contemporary Designs
Modern flower designs are usually sent to those who are young, stylish or have an artistic flare. They are very simple, unorganised and often contain a small amount of flowers that are unique and work well together. They are not overdone with many different species of flowers, but simple and elegant and are more regarded for their uniqueness and stylish designs.
Traditional Flower Arrangements on the other hand, are more organised, contain more of a variety of flowers. They also include more common flowers, unlike modern arrangements that have very unique flowers included. Typically, traditional designs are symmetrical and are more easy on the eye. They are very different to modern designs, and it all comes down to personal preference when selecting. Traditional designs are more common and they are generally used for more common occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.
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