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As promised, we’re teaming up with our awesome Purchasing Department to bring you Flower 411, product updates on a more consistent basis! Here’s the most recent as of this weekend. Enjoy!
PRODUCT UPDATES 11/12/16
- Agonis- very limited- going off crop
- Amaranthus- red hanging limited
- Anemone Japanese- finished
- Banksia – Orange extremely limited- no green, coccinea avail
- Bear Grass -Super- off crop
- Birch Victorian- just starting
- Birds- avail
- Buddleia- finished
- Campanula- avail
- Cone Flower- finished
- Cotinus- finished
- Dahlias- winter production- basic colors- limited
- Dahlias- Ball are finished
- Delph Dark Blue- prices going up
- Delph Bella/Waltz White- extremely limited pre book only
- Delph Hybrid White- extremely limited pre book only
- Echinops- hit and miss-very limited
- Fern Shoots- limited and price increase
- Figs- finished
- Flannel Flower- extremely limited – only one source with small numbers- very hit or miss
- Gerbers- white and fall colors limited
- Godetia- finished
- Grass wild foxtail- finished after hurricane
- Heather- hot pink and white avail
- Helleborus- green only, no colors
- Hops- finished for the season
- Iris- blue available- colors very limited
- Ivy tree variegated- not available, green is available
- Jasmine- non flowering- very limited
- Kangaroo paw- Dutch only
- Kochia- Dutch only (Israel will start soon with better pricing)
- Kumquats- finished
- Larkspur- White extremely limited, cant fill req numbers. Larkspur in general is expensive right now
- Lavender- English- has gotten to the point in the season where it has natural browning mixed in with the open flower. Order at your own risk. NO CREDITS
- Lilac- white only available
- Lisianthus- blush and peach are the same thing- only getting a champagne/peach. Brown is pre book only!!
- Lysmachia- Dutch only
- Nagi- off crop
- Ninebark- Finished
- Oak Leaves fresh- finished
- Oriental Lily whites- limited and prices going up
- Orlaya- finished
- Paper whites- starting
- Passion vine- available
- Peony- available
- Peppers-Chili-Black- not seeing any
- Persimmon- available
- Pokeweed- finished
- Pomegranate- limited
- Poppy pods- finished
- Portland- berries and sticks only!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Protea white- extremely limited!!!!
- Pumpkin- no more shipments- what is available in inventory is what we have
- Rovers —– This year the California growers have developed a rust problem so will not have any production, so please put your needs into Komet as a prebook. Please keep in mind that rovers grown in Colombia are generally more expensive than California grown.
- Raspberries- finished
- Rosehips- Pumpkin from Oregon finished, only red avail locally- green and orange are finished
- Saracena (cobra lily)- not available
- Scabiosa- white very limited locally. Burgundy is starting to get limited.
- Sedum all shades- finished
- Smilax- limited
- Snaps- There is NO peach snap being grown locally- if you req it you will get talisman. Pinks- please either req for light pink or dark pink, if you req for pink you will get buyers choice.
- Snowberries- finishing- pink only
- Stock- limited- yellow, red, fuchsia extremely limited
- Sunflowers- chocolate- not available
- Statice- tissue limited
- Sweet peas- not available
- Thryptomene/ calycina—- finished for the season
- Tulip Frilled White- not available
- Viburnum- finished
- Vine Maple- finished (liquid amber is available)
- Yarrow cottage- peach finished
- Yarrow Yellow- finished locally
You may remember a little while back, we highlighted some amazing organizations around the country that repurpose flowers to give back to their community in our SAF Petal it Forward blog.
One of those organizations was The Bloom Project in Bend, OR, founded in 2007 by Heidi Berkman. Mayesh Portland is a proud contributor to this project by donating product at the end of each week for them to turn into beautiful bouquets for hospice and palliative care patients. This week they were featured on KGW, a local news station in Portland, OR. Check out the video below to find out more about this inspiring organization.
American Flowers Week has officially begun, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than featuring one of our favorite American farmers! Glenwood Farms in nestled in the Tualatin Valley in Oregon, about a half hour west of the city and the Portland Flower Market. It is a family operated flower farm, run by Kendra and her father Deke, growing over sixty varieties of flowers, sticks and berries.
Supporting small farms and buying locally is very important to Mayesh, and we’re so appreciative that Kendra was kind enough to take some time out of her busy day to answer a few questions about their farm!
So Kendra, can you share a little bit about yourself, and how you ended up in the flower farming industry?
I actually began farming flowers when I was in middle school through 4-H. I would help my mom in the garden and choose a flower or two to enter into the annual fair. Then in high school my dad and I planted some liatris to sell. At the time, my only responsibility was to help him harvest and process. He took care of all the farming and business. Even though I have always loved flowers, at the time I didn’t see myself as a flower farmer. I didn’t even really realize that that was something that people did. So, after high school I went off to college at the University of Oregon where I studied Journalism and Business eventually earning my degree. I had worked at a bank while in college and continued when I moved back to Washington County eventually getting into management. In the meantime my mom and dad started farming flowers beginning with an acre and a half of hydrangea that my mom acquired. For extra money I would help out during the summers again with the harvesting and processing. In 2011 my husband and I were expecting our first baby and I just didn’t see myself in banking anymore. My mom and dad, both having other careers besides the flowers, had essentially plateaued in what they could do with the farm and together we decided that I would become more involved with the business side. So, I ended my banking career, put on my Carhartts, and became a farmer.
I love that you and your dad are a father-daughter team. I, too, work with my dad and other family members, which is awesome but definitely takes work! Tell us a bit about how it is working side by side to your dad, and what challenges you face with that, if any 🙂
Luckily, my dad and I have always been really close. And, not just that we love each other but that we respect each other and maintain an open line of communication in all aspects of our relationship. For the most part, our duties have been fairly separate. He takes care of the day to day farming; irrigation, fertilizing, weeding, pruning, pest management. I am in charge of harvesting, processing, selling and administration. We combine on anything new that we want to do including new places to sell and new products to grow. In recent years he has been able to travel more and get ready for retirement. This has enabled me, with the help of my husband, to learn more about the duties that he has been in charge of.
Is it just you guys, or do you have a team helping out on the farm?
We don’t have any full time employees. However, we couldn’t do this all ourselves and regularly rely on a few hired workers to help when needed. Luckily, we have a lot of amazing farming neighbors who we job share with when they are at slower times of the year. It works out well for everyone; keeping people busy and employed. My husband regularly helps by mowing or setting irrigation as well as maintenance of our farm equipment.
Tell us a bit about your operation now-where are you located and how big is your farm? A virtual tour, if you will!
Our farm is located about 10 miles south of Hillsboro, in rural Washington County. It is a total of almost 60 acres and we are currently farming about seven acres in cut flowers. It is mostly flat land with irrigation and easily assessable to the Portland Flower Market, making it an ideal place. It is just far enough from town that when the sun goes down and I leave the barn for the evening, you can see all the stars in sky and when you are packing up the van to go to market at 4:00am you are welcomed with the sounds of the birds singing a morning work song for you. And a straight shot to the market only takes about 30 minutes. It has taken some years but we have a pretty good set up right now with coolers and equipment that allows us to work efficiently and process our product in a way that will get it into the customer’s hands in the best condition possible.
Flower farming takes a special type of person; someone passionate, patient, and driven. What inspires you to do this on a daily basis?
This career doesn’t come without some sacrifices. I often leave our house in town after our kids go to bed to pick or prepare for market and wake up at sunrise to beat the heat in the summer on the weekends when my husband is home. I make late night trips to the flower market to deliver product for the next morning and try to do bookwork during nap time. But, it is in me to be a flower farmer and each day that I do it I feel so blessed to live my life. With each flower that I pick I honestly think about the florist that will buy it, that will use it in a design that will go into someone’s home or be used on a special day in their lives like a wedding. I feel honored to be a part of that. And, when my girls want to pick flowers from our garden with me and take them inside to make arrangements I stare at them with awe that they are appreciating what the earth is giving us and that someday they may have the opportunity to do something they enjoy. At the end of the day, we do need to make money and it isn’t always as romantic as it may seem but a lot of days it is really fun, I am able to learn something new, and I am proud of what I can offer.
What are your favorite varieties to grow and work with?
I love woodys. Anything that is odd and interesting or crazy or that you wouldn’t expect to see in a flower design. They are also fairly easy to maintain. You don’t have to dig them up like bulbs each year or replant like annuals. They can be challenging too. Sometimes they can have a limited vase life or are so unruly that they are hard to transport to market. We have been trying to diversify over the past few years adding more bulbs and more herbaceous perennials to our offerings. We want to be able to offer product year round and enough different things that we can retain our customer’s interests.
What are your hopes for the future of Glenwood Farms? Expansion, experimenting with new varieties, etc.?
There are definitely some varieties that we currently grow that I would like to get more of and I am always up to try something new. I foresee us planting more acres over the next few years. However, with our current work/life balance we are at a point that is manageable and our expansion efforts will be slow and steady. I want to make sure that we are always offering a great quality product and that we can fulfill our obligations to our customers.
Supporting local growers and educating people about what you guys have to offer is so important, and these days it seems like awareness is really spreading! Tell us a little bit about your experience and/or involvement with the American Flower Farming Community.
Although the time I am able to give to awareness seems limited, I am so thankful for some of the trail blazers in the Pacific Northwest that have been vocal and active promoting American Flower Farming. To be in such close contact with these amazing people, it is sure to rub off on you and I definitely feel more empowered not only as a flower farmer, but as a woman farmer, since I have had the opportunity to attend conferences and increase my leadership. I am in my first year as a director on the Oregon Flower Growers Association Board. This has enabled me to learn even more about the industry as a whole and given me some more direction on how I can possibly help new growers sell their product. I had the honor of speaking at the Small Farms Conference in Corvallis this last winter. I was able to make contact with some other flower farms in Oregon and learn what similar challenges we might have and how we can collectively overcome them. Just in the past six months I have joined some social media groups that collaborate and work together to further everyone in the industry and began an Instagram account that has opened my eyes to many new growers, farmers and florists. I am able to work with Wholesalers, like Mayesh, who are dedicated to the American Flower Farmers and support us by buying local.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer some questions about your lovely family business! One final question, what advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own flower farming business?
I think there are two things that I would say. “You can do it! There are a lot of great people in this industry that are able and willing to help.” and “Be ready to learn something new every day.”
Thanks again, Kendra, for sharing your lovely story. For more Glenwood Farms updates & photos, follow them on Instagram. Stay tuned for another farmer feature in the upcoming week, happy American Flowers Week!
Thanks to our amazing Purchasing Department, we have a pretty extensive update on all your favorite flowers! Continue reading for the latest in the world of cut flowers:
Acacia foliage feather – available
Agonis Green – finished
Agonis Brown – off crop for 2 months
Amaranthus Bronze – not available
Amaryllis is just about finished. We are down to just Red Lion and Christmas Gift.
Anemones – local numbers dropping
Artichokes – green available, red is limited
Artichokes Baby – green available, red is limited
Banksia – orange limited
Boronia heather – finished
Berzillea – all white and limited-no green
Bouvardia- local extremely limited- available dutch $$$
Bupleurum- good supply
Callas super white– production is low
California calla production is flushing as we move into what they call “June Bloom” so there is ample production on certain colors and varieties – white, yellow, pinks, flame, black, some oranges are in good supply
Peach, purple, and red are more limited – You can expect ample supply in callas next several weeks
Calla-Oregon Flowers has tremendous calla program and they are in full production now, as well.
Carnations – short supply, varieties and quantities are very limited
Clematis domestic – white limited
Cosmos chocolate-numbers increasing,but still limited
Craspedia good numbers locally
Dahlias- Dahlia season starts in June. At this time EXTREMELY limited amounts of Café au Lait, NO other Dinnerplates of any kind until JUNE.
All colors are limited and subject to unpredictable cuts.
No production on BALL SHAPE/Pom Pom type until JUNE
Delph Hybid- finally on locally
Eremerus just starting- pink first avail
Eucalyptus gunni/parvafolia – small leaf eucs are still hit and miss, mostly gunni now
Eucalyptus feather/willow tender tips, limited
Eucalyptus seeded – cup seeded
Forsythia – finished
Freesia- dutch import
Freesia Super- not available
French tulips – white, hot pink, yellow, orange, possibly apricot (not menton) from sun valley.
Gardenia – are good supply
Giant allium – should be starting in a couple of weeks
Heather all types – finished
Honeysuckle good supply
Japan — finished
Jasmine – limited, no flowers
Larkspur – good supply
Leucospermum orange, yellow, flame giant available
Lilac— done locally, hopefully we will get some from American grown source soon
Lily of the Valley- US grown White avail, pink is finished
Lisianthus- local finally in good supply
Mock orange– super limited this year. Grower has much lower numbers than originally expected.
Nine Bark- Green Starting but only available fed ex, brown also available
Oregon product is very much off their normal schedules due to erratic weather. Things are early, finished early etc.
For example we are running eremerus on weekly specials..almost a full month ahead of normal harvest schedule. Giant allium is right behind it, again a full month earlier than expected. Peonies are in full production..these heat waves may shorten the season for many varieties. Cuts are coming in from the fields in waves with the heat.
Mary Milton viburnum is done, snowball in this region is done, lacecap nearlydone..we will have a new version called ‘Blue Muffin’.
We’ll see some limited amounts of lupine, and baptisia this next week. Hostafoliage, Lady’s Mantle and Tritoma all available next week.
Blooming Dogwood should probably be finished after this week.
Mock Orange is amazing right now! May not be here long…
Cut Blueberries are a new product for us. Production is still very limited ..new crops are scheduled to start next year, with even better production the year following..they take time to establish. Sorry but we cannot meet all demands for these..not yet anyways!
Summer annuals are starting now..so the menu from oregon will grow quickly in next 2 weeks
Passion vine – available
Peony– Great peony available– Awesome blossom huge ones and regular grade. Peony season from Oregon will most likely end early this year as it started early (my guess is mid-june). Most tree peony are done exept yellow as are pastelegance.
Piers Japonica- import
Protea-Blushing Bride- not yet
Protea- King Pink- available
Protea-King White – import now, limited local
Protea pincushion- mostly orange, yellow starting
Protea- Pink Ice – limited
Protea- Whites limited
Ranunculus— local ending, still a few from Holland, Chile around the corner.
Raspberries – not available
Riceflower – finished
Scabiosa Black/Burg limited black and burgundy
Scabiosa White – limited local production
Scabiosa Pods- limited local production, also seeing some from Holland
Smilax-Bag- VERY LIMITED FROM ALL GROWERS
Smilax- Southern – one supplier until July
Snapdragon peach- not available
Stephanotis – plentiful
Stephanotis vines – available for Mondays with advance order
Stock- limited for a few weeks
Sunflower- green center Available
Sunflower Ring of fire-limited
Sunflower Choco- Not available
Sunflower mini- limited numbers locally but starting
Sweet pea- some local production, also available from Holland
Tweedia- local blue is available, but local white is limited
Veronica – cutting local ….blue, pink & white. NO lavender locally
Viburnum– done locally, hopefully we will get some from Wisconsin soon
Viburnum Berry – New Zealand for the purple berries but very limited
Wax flower – still avail, but production going down, no hybrid whites
Hey everyone! I am back with a great update from the Mayesh purchasing team! I know it isn’t the most exciting reading, but great information none-the-less. Probably an update that everyone wants to know is that the production is slowing down on both anemones and ranunculus, while peony production is picking up. Please keep that in mind when planning your weekly orders. Here’s more wholesale flower information:
Acorns – finished
Anemones – import
Artichokes – gapping
Artichokes Baby –gapping
Astilbe – import
Astrantia – import-frequently held
Black Berries – finished
Bouvardia – Local very limited, available Dutch import
Callicarpa/Beauty Berry – available local and import
Calcynia – finished
Celosia Coxcomb – local very limited, Dutch import available
Celosia Feather – available in red and yellow
Chamomile – white very limited, yellow only button available
Chinese Lanterns – finished
Clematis small flower -import
Cosmos chocolate – available
Cotinus foliage – medium 10st finished
Cotinus foliage long 5st – ending next week
Cotinus Blooming (smoke bush) -finished
Crocosmia flower – limited local and expensive
Crocosmia Pods – Finished
Cymbidiums – Brown, Burgundy – Dutch only
Dahlias – finishing up locally, moving to more basic year round colors
Delph light blue and dark blue – Limited
Delph White – almost impossible to get
Delph Hybrid – limited
Echinops – finished
Euphorbia – Snow on the mountain – limited
Grass – wild foxtail – Finished
Honeysuckle – pre order, limited
Hydrangea Local – antiques only
Hydrangea solid color – Dutch import
Iris Colors – limited
Jasmine – foliage only no flowers
Kale – local mostly green, colors go Dutch
Kangaroo Paws – go Dutch – local very limited
Larkspur – limited
Nigella Flower – finished
Nigella pods – limited
Passion vine – lavender pre order
Peacock Plume – Finished
Phlox – local white
Piers Japonica – Dutch import
Peony – import, certain colors limited
Poppy Hybrid – off crop
Poppies Icelandic – off crop
Protea – Blushing Bride -available
Protea – King Pink – import
Protea – King White limited
Protea pincushion – import
Protea – Pink Ice – available
Protea – Whites limited
Pokeweed – finished
Queen Anne’s lace – limited
Queen Anne’s Lace – Chocolate – limited
Ranunculus – import
Raspberries – finished
Rosemary – available
Scabiosa Black/Burg – limited
Scabiosa Pods – available
Scabiosa White – very limited
Sedum – finished
Smilax – Bag – available
Smilax – Southern – available
Snowberry – finished
Statice – purple available, colors extremely limited
Stock – production low
Sunflower – Chocolate-limited
Sunflower – Teddy Bear- finished
Sunflower – Bi-Color/Mahogany or Ring of Fire available
Sweet pea – very limited
Trachelium – local limited
Trachelium green – import
Tulips – Double – white, lavender, monsella and orange princess available local-others go Dutch if available
Tulips – French – Clear Water, Temple, Renown Unique, Flaming Parrot and Camarque
available only; French will be ending this week and gapping until December
Tulips – Frilled – Dutch only
Tulips – Parrot – Super Parrot, Irene and Rococco local – anything else go Dutch if avail
Tulips – Regular – import starting, local very low production
Tulip lily Shaped- Pretty woman and tres Chic available in very limited quantities
Tweedia – limited
Viburnum Berry – NZ redish/purple available only
Viburnum Cranberry – Finished
Yarrow Cottage-very limited
**Oregon flowers and foliages in general are finishing up; they are onto Xmas green, sticks and
Availability on California field crops are very low. The summer heat, the drought, high winds, and shorter days are all creating a shortage of product. Obvious items that we’re struggling with include stock, hybrid delphinium, larkspur, bupleurum, and Queen Anne’s lace. Every wholesaler in the US is busy, causing every farm to be busy as well. The growers are really struggling to keep up with demands.
We receive many last minute orders. However this time of year the deck is stacked against our late orders. The growers simply cannot cover the HUGE orders we drop on them at 1 o’clock on Thursday afternoon for the next day. We are not giving these growers even a full 24 hours to cut, process, and pack their flowers at a time when the demand is so high, they sell out every day. Last minute orders run a very high chance of not being covered. So please strive to place your orders in advanced – this will greatly help us all out.
Product Notes (please share!)
- Anemones very limited.
- Viburnum green snowball will be starting this week.
- Peonies from Chile will be starting very soon, within 10 days, weather permitting.
- Ranunculus still rolling in from Chile, burgundy is not available.
- African product will continue coming.
- Local pink protea have started.
- Outdoor field crops in California are very limited as stated above. We’re struggling to cover orders for hybrid Delphinium, larkspur, Queen Anne’s and chocolate lace, bupleurum, craspedia, bouvardia, and especially on stock. Stock does not do well when its hot and crops have been damaged/destroyed. This will continue to be a problem until new crops start in winter. We’re covering maybe 40% of stock orders right now.
- Scabiosa is another victim of the heat wave.
- Japanese flowers – we won’t have anything coming from there for a while, maybe a month. When production improves we can consider placing orders.
- Oregon products are winding down quickly and we’re one cold night away from being 100% Christmas/Holiday greens and berries. This area has had a strong summer of production but many things started early, and continue to come early. Ilex berry is in full color right now, came early and may finish early. Fall leaves are tough to find now, as they tend to fall off right after they change color. Local production of hydrangea is completely done.
- Dahlias are going down in production and head size, while demand is sky high.
- Wax from Peru is winding down. Some farms no longer have a true white variety, purple is finished, pink shades are limited. We may bring in some imports from Australia, but it is pricey.
- Calcynia/thrytomene probably finished within a week.
- Callas – prices inching up on fall colors. True red, burgundy and orange are not available from California growers. For imported callas, you can expect to see high prices on fall colors.
- Fall colored product from Colombia – poms, carns, minis..they seem to have started too early. Moonvista carns are still limited.
- Dutch production is picking up. We now have Dutch Boxlots each week.
Here’s the latest information from our Mayesh purchasing team! Enjoy!
Local aggies – only available in blue from one vendor
Allium Giant – Finished
Anemone – VERY LIMITED!!!
Artichoke burgundy – small and large off crop for a few weeks
Astilbe – available from Portland
Blackberries – available from Portland
Buddlea – crop is quarantined for now
Cornflower – Limited, no Pink
Cranberry Viburnum- available from Oregon
Crocosmia – available from Portland
Dahlias are starting in Oregon and after this weekend – they should be in full production (100 degree weekend). Also readily available from California
Hybrid Delph – white limited, light blue extremely limited
Eremurus – Finished
French Tulips – limited and pricey
Gardenia Foliage – still limited
Gunni euc – still limited, getting small amounts
Hydrangea local – coming on hot pink, purple, blue
Iris – White and Light Blue extremely limited
Ixia – Finished
White kale locally – it’s getting too hot so they are staying green
LLV – quality issues from Canadian source.price going back up, from local WENU and Dutch
Lysmachia – available from Portland
Moc Orange – finished
Peonies – Starting in Alaska
Protea – still south Africa only
Ranunculus Local is pretty much done except locally, import is just starting-very very limited
Smilax – production starting to ramp back up, still limited
Southern smilax – just starting
Local Spray Roses – EXTREMELY LIMITED!!!
Tulips – Limited to basic colors. White, purple, red, yellow,orange and hot pink. Light pink is very limited.
Tulips Double – extremely limited the only colors I have see infrequently are Upstar (blush), Montreaux (cream/pale yellow) and orange princess (orange)
Tulips Frilled – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are Honeymoon (white)- may be able to get 100 to 200 stems a week if lucky.
Tulips Parrots – extremely limited the only colors I have seen infrequently are flaming, bright (red with yellow tip), Rebel white and Libretto.
Viburnum berry – blue is finished