Crop Report - 13th August 2021

Crop Report

 British grown hops on a barrel

School uniforms are back in store! Summer sunshine needs to get on and warm up so we can get into Antirhinums and Lisianthus that are missing some light so they will get here in the next couple of weeks.

Asters

  • 300gram bunches of multi-headed Asters and plenty to go at. Full colour range.

Hyericum

  • Green joined by Red berries for Autumn tones.

Agapanthus - Blue & White

  • Agapanthus White the huge 'limited edition' stems are trickling in...

  • White Agapanthus also reducing in numbers.
  • Blue slowing down.

Amaranthus

  • More Amaranthus this week as it moves into main season, looks great with an abundance of bright yellow sunflowers.

Gypsophila

  • Gypsophila pink and white also would benefit from a few more days sunshine... plenty for this week and coming through steadily!

Lilies

  • Loads of lovely lilies - Rose lilies continue and now two growers on board - Pink and White Orientals are online and 3 colours of LA's.

  • The varieties will changeover towards Samantha & Selita for Pink and White Leona are this weeks Pollen free favourites.

  • White Ascot and Pink Sorbonne in the Oriental selection.

  • Please do also note that our growers (for all crops) keep their prices fairly level for the whole season - none of this 'up and down auction' trading! This makes it easier for you to quote ahead on products, know your margins and not get caught out by trading peaks and troughs caused by the world market.

Scabious

  • Scabious Blue moving in to limited volumes.

Crocosmia

  • Crocosmia seedheads available.

Iris

  • Blue Discovery and Purple Discovery this week.

Foliages

  • Irish foliage appear to be on  form with some lovely lush looking Buxus,  bottlebrush and silver sussex.

  • Also imported Cocculus and Salal. 

Final Field Notes

  • Arables are being combined and our flower farmers are tweeting about hard work being much more enjoyable while driving a big wheeled machine! Flower growing is getting increasingly challenging as growers; regardless of size, are struggling to find workers.

  • The Government needs to enable labour to be brought in from abroad for ornamental crops and not restrict to food crops only - our industry is suffering because of this and many predictions are we will run out of staff for flower production and cropping within three years.

 

Quote of the Week: 

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds” - Gordon B,Hinckley

Keep Calm & Keep On Flowering! 

Yours in Flowers

Helen

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