It's blowing a hooley outside while i sit here and write this. I've taken out a good proportion of the Dahlias today. It's going to get cold at the weekend, and my season for selling Wholesale flowers to florists is well and truly over for 2015.
So which ones were the most popular? Which did i get orders for week after week? Which did i sell more of than anything else?
After going through all my delivery notes, and meticulously working out the data, here are the results.
In 5th place - Dahlias
Cafe au Lait Dahlia, certainly helped that total, although i need to find some Beginning of the week brides to sell them to next year, (Florists take note, there are just as many flowers, just less demand) as i had quite a few that needed picking on a Monday that got wasted.
In 4th Place - Antirrhinum
These amazing Potomac varieties of Antirrhinum have given me an endless succession of blooms since the beginning of July. - I grew some in pots to put on the FFTF Hampton Court display, and they weren't needed, so they've been in my polytunnel ever since. I picked another 3 blooms today, yes they are still going!
The even more amazing thing is that these had 20m of beds, compared to the 60m of Dahlia beds - Result.
In 3rd Place
This one suprised me a bit, I thought i'd mucked up on the cornflowers, I didn't have as many as the year before, although that meant that we kept up with the picking. A second flush at the beginning of September from self sown and transplanted seedlings helped, as my direct sown May crop didn't come up at all. Blue is the most popular, but White and Pink are still desired for weddings, and the Black was requested specifically on several occasions. Plenty of these already planted (and netted from the rabbits) already.
In 2nd Place - Scabious
When i finished my figures to find out my bestsellers, and i realised that Scabious was that high on the list, i immediately went out to the greenhouse and pricked out another tray of seedlings, and found another bed on the field to plant them in.
These flowers, loved by bees, florists and me, are available in a large range of colours. It's the pink that eludes me though in germination - must try harder next year.
No 1 - The Top Seller of 2015, - requested the most, and with the best scent of any of the top 5 - Mint
My nine types of mint, mean that there can be scent in bouquets from April to late September, so it's hardly surprising that mint is my bestselling line. Grown in just 6 raised beds, 2.4m x 1.2m that's a productive use of space.
For those of you that just have to know more
in 6th place was Sweet peas
in 7th Hesperis
8th Orlaya Grandiflora
9th Ammi Major
Thank you to all the Surrey Florists who bought my flowers this year, and added to these totals. There will be more of all of them next year.
Details of 2016 Florists open days are here