CROP REPORT - 6th August 2022 | Summer Holiday Update

Crop Report

ADVANCE PLANNING REQUIRED !! 

We have decided that we will close the Trade shop for SUMMER HOLIDAYS!

Please note the Trade web shop will be closed from Saturday 20th August until Tuesday 30th August inclusive. The last weekend being the August Bank holiday, normal deliveries will start from Wednesday 31st August. 

Thank you to our regular flower fans, I do hope we have given you enough notice so you can plan for any dried, sundries and Chrysal products ahead of time and sourcing for fresh whilst we take a break!

This week, between sending out your wedding and flower orders we have been 'flowering about' at Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival entitled Vision. Our brief was celebrate Isaac Newton and we created an all British flower installation, foam free with the only imports being Salal and Mr Fixit :) Look out for our video and blog for more details. 

The heatwave of previous weeks is still challenging our flower farmers; we are over the scorched batches - they were ploughed in! Now some field crops have ground to a halt due to lack of water - could result in shorter stem lengths too. The majority of arable crops have been harvested; many other crops are suffering from lack of rain. The little water we have had 'damped the dust' and that was about it!

Irrigation has appeared on the brassica fields, sunflowers are nodding their heads and giving the bees something to buzz about. Gladioli and Scabious are waiting for rain - and our growers reservoirs are threateningly low!

The good news is its the perfect weather for drying product for Autumn and Christmas decorations!! There's plenty more lovely Carthamus and our mixed dried boxes are back in stock with an assortment of products including dried statice, Gyp, peonies and Helichrysum

British grown Asters - Red, Cerise, White, Light Pink and Purple 

Some lovely mixed grasses in stock, NEW Ammi majus from the 'Field of dreams' at Newark.

Hypericum - Green Red and Coral pink :)

Carthamus - get ready to dry this lovely orange thistles for your Autumn decorations BOX deal has been added for those of you keen to start drying for Autumn wreaths etc

Gladioli - add a note to your order if you want Gladioli - if it comes available over the weekend we will add. 

Green centred sunflowers  are now finished - Helios and Yellows continue. 

Lilies ... LA, Longi in Pink and White - Orientals also Pink or White and Rose lilies in Pink and white too.

New stock of jute string and Rainbow Raffia plus more of those handy nailbrushes from Nutscene 

There's plenty of Heavenly cards in stock so don't forget to browse the sundries section!

If you are looking for wedding flowers please let me know the week before so we can reserve your stock in advance. 

Growers choice Mixed boxes....there's a few crops starting and stopping as we are now into many new field crops - they are very weather dependant! This enables growers to pitch up with whatever looks good! 
  • Hydrangea - growers choice or straight colours - better to book a week ahead at the moment to secure wedding volumes as still not oodles. White is coming through slowly and advisable to pre-order. Pinks, Lilacs and purples available :) 
  • Agapanthus - Outdoor field grown mini Agapanthus blue joins the stonkers white from the glasshouse.
  • Sedum - great filler and still green - flowers not out as yet
  • Crocosmia finished - next round will be seedheads 
  • Eryngium almost finished 
  • Iris - Blue only this week, plenty.
  • Alstro - Norfolk - good supply 
  • Foliages we have added Salal to import 

Foliage is always a challenge this time of year!! Eucalyptus needs to be cut back April/May to ensure good growth ready for September. 

COMING SOON from the fields and glasshouses...

Lisianthus week 33 onwards,  similar time for Antirrhinums. Please don't ask me for Sweet Peas as grower simply didnt grow any this year :(

YOU WILL NOT FIND FRESHER or with less Flower miles travelled or lower carbon footprint :)

Quote of the Week

Change is the nature of life but challenge is the future of life. So challenge the changes. Never change the challenges...

Keep Calm & Cool & Carry On Flowering!
Helen x

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