Flower Update 2011- What’s In Bloom?
Daffodils- A Gloomy Forecast
2010 saw one of the coldest Decembers in the last century. That’s probably why this year’s Daffodil season started a lot later than usual. However, we saw an influx of blooms during February when days were warm but still wet. This weather phenomenon combined with cold winds resulted in crops peaking too soon. Normally, markets are only full by Easter, but this year the supply exceeded the demand and thus wholesale prices dipped to 15p a bunch. Amazingly, that’s 50% less than the usual rate. There was a lack of pickers so many flowers was wasted and growers definitely got a raw deal. If you were driving around Cornwall, you would have probably seen fields of beautifully golden daffodils swaying in the breeze.
Bluebells- A Brighter Outlook
While daffodils may have met a sad fate this year, the bluebell season seems to promise quite a show. Although we experienced the driest March in well over forty years, the spring flowers have started to bloom already which is good news, as they bloomed three weeks late in 2010. So what contributed to this year’s good fortune? Thankfully, there was no frost so these woodland plants had a green signal to flower. Towards Easter we normally see these flowers in the south of England while it may take longer towards the northern areas. However, with changing weather conditions, you can expect a patchy growth. Once you see that amazing sea of floral blue, you’ll know that spring has arrived!
A Run Down on Popular Flower Shows in April 2011
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show will be held from 14th to 17th April and the 2011 Autumn Flower Show will be held from 16th to 18th September. The spring show will feature new show gardens, floral art, cookery theatre and the Garden Roadshow. It will be a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
The Suffolk Spring Garden Show starts on the 22nd of April and ends on the 25th of April 2011. Held at the Suffolk showground over the Easter weekend, it will a great chance to buy shrubs, plants, pots, garden furniture, containers and lots more at discounted show prices. Tickets can be bought online.
The Tulip Festival will be held at the Pashley Manor Gardens from 27th April to 8th May 2011. There is an entrance fee of £9.00. Over the last seventeen years, this festival has been delighting visitors with sheer colour and volume and now lasts for 12 days instead of just 5. You will see more than 100 varieties in a range of vibrant colours- red, orange, yellow, white, pink and golden yellow. Further there are over 2000 blooms displayed in vases.
Certainly, April promises a lot if you have a horticultural interest. Mark these dates on your calendar so you can join others in welcoming the spring of 2011.
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