Peonies are very temperate to cold climate perennials which grow in regions where a winter temperature needs to be in the frost zone for a minimum of at least three months. Peonies cannot be grown in Hawai'i.
Peonies best season is May through July and begin again in November through February-March. Note that not all peonies are created equal. We strive to only buy the upper two to three grades. There are many grades from AAA premium grade for florists down to C grade-bulk for supermarkets. If you cannot tell the difference, then buy the supermarket grade. They are cheaper and bloom quickly but may not be as double as the higher grades.
Garden roses are unlike standard roses in such a way that many are not tightly budded or pointed. Garden rose breeding has been mainly European origin and uses different rose species to achieve the desired appearance we are familiar today. Many have rich scnets and fragrances. While opened in appearance, many have good cut life from 7-15 days. Water quality is the key issue in longevity as these roses do not like stale souring water as compared to their American counterparts.
Roses are a standard staple flower in most arrangements. There are different grades of roses. Not all Ecuadorian roses are created equal. We carry the AA premium grade. These roses have thicker stems and bigger heads. Shelf life is much longer than supermarket grade roses and grown differently. Our roses are grown in perfect rose growibg climate. Warm hot sunny days and near freezing nights. These conditions make roses often with darker outer petal edges and deep vibrant colors.
We carry some of the best ranunculus the world has to offer. The best growing areas for ranunculus is Holland and Italy having the best Cloni and Pompom varieties. The Elegance strain is equally beautiful when grown in pristine conditions. Not all ranunculus are created equal. European ranunculus can rival a peony in appearance and lasting quality.
Anemones are temperate perennial tubers that are related to ranunculus and grow similaryly. They produce red, blue, pink, magenta, white and some other muted shades.Their stems are leafless and flowers open fully with black pollen centers. Sometimes the pollen may be white or greenish. The best Anemones are grown in Italy and Holland.
Tulips are seasonally available. From spring tulips to ice tulips, they are nice flowers that opens and stretches in our climate. We prefer to carry these when the weather here is cooler as they will last longer and customers will be happy with them. Ice tulips are forced tulips grown afterthe initial spring thaws and growers layer ice over the soil and allow the ice to melt initiating the spring melt down that tulips need to break dormancy.
The hydrangea is now grown the eyar around in Ecuador, Columbia and Chile. Many colors have been developed and selected through the growing process that they have distinct varietal names and seasons. Hydrangeas require cool growing conditions to flower. Warm-cool days to very cold nights are needed for flower quality and consistent blooming. For best results keep stems oh hydrangeas in DEEP water as they do not drink from their stem ends but rather tjrough their thin skin of the stem.
Eryngium has been a prolific grower and is excellent health for the Earth. Their roots break up clay and return valuable nutrients back to the soil. They are quick flowering biennials and make long lasting cutflowers We try to use it regularly when available.The hybrid varieties are pollen-less and come in interesting blue, silver and green shades.
Hypericum or Coffee Berries come in a wide variety of colors. These are not true cffee verries but are relatives of them. Some ay the berries smell like coffee when ripe. We often use this as an accent when a splash of color is needed some where.
Proteacea (Protea spp./hybrids)
Proteas do not flower all year around. We get them late summer to winter and again late summer through fall. Locally the king protea (Protea cynaroides) flowers almost all year around in our cooler high elevation and may extend their season longer depending on cooler weather conditions.
Pincushion proteas are a beautiful long lasting flower. We get this almost all year long but best during the spring and late summer periods. They are long lasting and as long as the water is fresh and clean they hold up well. Pincushions mainly come in orange, reds and yellows and combinations.
Anthurium andreanum hybrids
The anthurium has come a long way from its original red and pinks to modern browns, muted greens, and unusual colors and patterns. Once considered a poor man's flower, they are now seen world wide and identified with brand names and designers alike. If you haven't enjoyed the beauty of this flower, you should give it a try. The shape is elegant and the colors bright and unique with no other flower in the plant kingdom even close to what the anthurium can produce.
Bromeliaceae (Aechmea, Ananas, Guzmania, Hohenbergia, Portea, Quesnelia, Tillandsia, Vriesea, etc.)
These long lasting cut flwoers of the bromeliad family comprise a wide range of species and hybrids that are long lasting provide a spark of exotic and always an eye catcher in any piece. Seasonally available the year around with emphasis on spring-summer months.
Mokara (Vanda x Ascocentrum x Arachnis) This tri-generic hybrid is a coss between sturdier and frequent flowering arachnis and showy and brilliantly colored ascocentrum and vandas.
Oter Vandaceus cut flower types include Renantanda (Renanthera x Vanda), Aranda (Arachnis x Vanda), Kagawara (Ascocentrum x Renanthera x Vanda)
These hybrids tend to be brilliantly colored and long lasting orchids. They are virtually available the year around but limited during the short days of the year.
The common Lip Stick pod shrub is an annual bloomer during the shorter days of the year but may flush at any time depending on weather conditions and sunlight duration. The pods are also excellent driend and when split open, show their showy red seeds within.
These shampoo gingers have an exotic bee hive appearance and will draw your attention to them when seen in an arrangement. Long lasting and come in many color forms. As they get older, the colors of the flower may darken or turn bi-colored. Available seasonally Spring through Summer.
Dianthus barbatus "Green Trick"
A phylloid-floral feature of this carnation relative produces flower heads resembling balls of green moss. Long lasting flowers add interest ang uniqueness to any flower arrangement.