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Your Local Guide To What's In Season: Winter

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

There may be more available than you'd think!



The cold winter chill may have set in around Northumberland County, but that doesn't mean you're out of fresh locally grown flower options!


But it does mean you may have to think outside the box a little bit: you're not going to find peonies in the middle of December.


While it's true that the Winter season lacks the vibrancy of our Spring & Summer seasons, what it lacks in colour it makes up for with longevity— many options this time of year last well over two (2) weeks in a vase or arrangement. In some cases - like an outdoor planter or evergreen wreath- they will last even longer!


Please note that the following list will vary from farm-to-farm (some crops require heated greenhouses), but here are some items you could expect to see sourced locally from November to March:


Branches-- red & yellow dogwood, willow (several types), and birch. But also the twiggy bits like birch catkins, larch twigs, oak stems + leaves, and boxwood cuttings.


Berries-- ilex, holly berries, and rosehips.


Dried flowers-- may include lavender, statice, larkspur, strawflower, celosia, cress, yarrow, sunflowers, hydrangea, bunny tails, eucalyptus, poppy seed heads, ranunculus, or marigolds.


Herbs-- rosemary and sage are classic.


Flowering cabbage-- flowering cabbages and kale come in standard or "frillier" options such as red, pink, and white.


Forced bulbs-- including amaryllis, paperwhites, daffodils, and tulips.


Forced flowering branches (late Winter)-- apple, plum, cherry, peach, crabapple, forsythia, and pussywillow.


Evergreens-- including cedar, red & white pine, spruce, fir and juniper.


Succulents


Unique foraged elements-- ethically collected moss, wildflower seed heads, dried grasses, and milkweed pods.


Wreaths & garlands-- including handmade grapevine wreath forms.



How can you get more homegrown options available to you during the winter months?


Continue to ask your favourite local florist about the ingredients they source, and what local farms they purchase from: the higher the demand the better the options will become!


What is your favourite "winter" flower?




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