Crop Report - 15th October 2021

Crop Report October

BFA Florist Wholesale Finalist Announcement

THANK YOU so much for all your votes for the BFA Awards - WE MADE THE FINALS!! Evolve is in the final 10 for the Local Wholesaler of the Year Category!

We have had a challenging year for sure! (who hasn't!?) This is just the lift we need to keep Team Evolve going in the run up to the peaks! We are so grateful for your votes!

I'm looking forward to seeing some of you in person this weekend at the Good Florist Guide Event. Also at the end of October at BFA Awards and Vision Conference where I am also on the speakers line up answering all the florists burning questions about the British bit of the Flowers & Plants industry. Tickets at the BFA website

STORE UPDATE 

Our next "Evolution" is that we have added an IMPORT section to our webshop - this will  be limited and will only be sourced from ethical farms who have sound accreditations such as SEDEX. The main reason this has evolved is due to us not having quite as much volume as previous years in the winter season, demand has been incredibly strong this year which has meant British grown products have ended earlier than normal. UK grown Tulips will be later this year.

Our Outlets & Florist Studio need more products as well as many of your shops too. It is more challenging to continue supplying seasonal in the flower equivalent of the 'hungry gap' so we will be supplying a few select items to enhance our range and make life easier for those of you who don't have enough demand or an all year round relationship with other wholesalers for imported products.

In addition (Evolve by name and Evolve by nature!) the SUNDRIES section will have some more basics to keep you going! This week we add spray paint, coco fibre rope, wooden skewers and FloraGuppy. Christmas cards are on the way.

 

NEW! Pampas Grass 

  • Pampas pruning has started - the fluffy plumes are on the shop! how trends change throughout the years...lol! as always we welcome the changes in seasonality and can't wait to experiment with eco-dyes on them this year as we managed to get some fresh stems, we will keep you posted!

MOSS!

  • Thank you for your moss orders this week - that was a couple of pallets!! fresh from Norfolk every week - please order early as this is bulky - 3 bags per box.

Narcissi

  • Paperwhites and Multi-headed yellow narcissi are slow to gather volume.

Oh my Gourd!

  • It's pumpkin time again! box offers on mixed white Casperita and orange mini Jill-be-little for your tablescapes and mixed squash to decorate with dried! Football sized pumpkins from a new grower - the ideal size for workshops and pumpkin parties :) We have now added another bulk box of 40 Gourds - 9kgs!

Snowberries - Continue

  • Beautiful pink and white varieties of fused berries on swooping branches. Great for adding texture and form to designs and fabulous for wedding installations.

BRASSICA is here!

  • Autumn feature and great long-lasting space filler flower! hundreds of thousands of these are grown. I know you don't like them but the customers do! An essential product for the British Autumn flower selection :) Fills a BIG GAP!

  • Keep Buckets clean with Chrysal bucket cleaner and use CVBN tablet in the water to reduce any cabbagey aroma! Recut stems frequently. Look great with a sprinkling of Bioglitter for Halloween and Christmas or simply when you need some sparkle!

 Eucalyptus

  • NEW! BOX OFFER of Cornish Parvifolia has been added to the foliage selection - also available in bunches.

  • NORFOLK EUCALYPTUS lush mixed bunches from Norfolk! LOVE this product - looks fabulous with the Pampas for a bit of Boho chic!

Alstromeria

  • Cornish & Norfolk grown. Plenty with good colour range - add a note to your order if you need specific colours.

Blue Lagoon Eryngium - BACK IN!

  • We will have it again for another couple of weeks - perfect for your Autumn Wreaths and Pumpkin filling - the British bouquet it was destined for has been cancelled by a multiple retailer so in comes Evolve to benefit you with more British grown :)

Gypsophila

  • White & PINK - plenty of glycerined & Dried

Gladioli

  • finished

Snowberries

  • Continue.

Statice

  • TBA - weather permitting!

Rose hips

  • Continue as do mice...

Rose Lilies

  • Finished

Lilies

  • Pink and White Orientals are online and 3 colours of LA's.

Christmas Wreath Boxes: ARRIVE TODAY

  • As we anticipate DPD to have a very busy time towards the end of the month we are planning to send these out NEXT WEEK - those who have ordered will be contacted to schedule delivery. We have managed to secure the same price as last year and if you are looking to have 100 or more or collect from Pinchbeck we can offer an additional saving. Phone to discuss.

Pre-orders on Christmas wreaths / boxes / foliages 

  • Pre-orders on Christmas wreaths / boxes / foliages are set up under the banner of Christmas so you can benefit from discounted prices when you purchase in advance. Please ensure when you pre-order you do this on a separate order and not mixed in with this weeks flower order.

Scottish Noble Pine: Pre-Order

  • The Noble pine from Scotland and readymade wreaths have also been added to pre-orders. The Pine will be arriving in early November - details are on the product pages - the first load has all sold and we are trying to secure more. - just waiting for confirmation soon and we have a back up plantation so keep up to date with the FACEBOOK group for announcements!

 

Trends & Tips

  • I can't seem to make the dried designs fast enough....personality pumpkins still crowding the table - made 30 today amongst other things!!  Do get in touch if you would like the bulk dried box prices for unwrapped kit.

Courier Update

  • DPD continues to be doing a good job. We will also be trialling another courier to de-risk the peaks going forward. After hearing our local Fedex depot will be closing we think perhaps it is wise not to have all deliveries with one courier!! The strain on ALL of the couriers is not lessening at all and we want to ensure your orders reach you on time. You will of course have the same updates and be advised which courier will be delivering your products. The trial courier will be mainly be delivering your moss, foliages and mail order boxes and they are very experienced in delivering British grown plants!

Final Field Notes

  • Panicum grass will follow.

  • Chrysanthemums due November.

  • Tulip season will be late starting and is planned for Mid December.

  • Early forced pre-Christmas Daffodils are being planted now.

 

Quote of the Week: 

“Fashion is a trend, style is within a person.” - Oscar de la Renta

 

Keep Calm & Keep On Flowering! 

Yours in Flowers

Helen

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