One of the questions we’re often being asked at the moment is how this spring’s unseasonably hot and dry weather is affecting flowers. Well, the good news is that, if anything, the sunshine has had a positive impact.
Firstly, whilst very few flowers are grown in the UK, those that are actually benefited, with some beautiful blooms now available, with bigger flower heads and stronger stems the main feature. What’s more, the early summer extended the growing season.
However, the real truth is that the flowers you can send for delivery to a loved one are grown all over the world, from the high equatorial plains of Ecuador and Kenya, through to the tropical forests of Sri Lanka, hot deserts of Israel and, of course, our close neighbour, The Netherlands.
This means that chances are, whilst the climate might be hurting production in one area of the world, another is picking up the pieces. And because of the way flowers are traded – usually through the Dutch auctions who employ extremely strict quality control – the poor quality flowers simply don’t get anywhere near our florists.