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January is quickly coming to a close, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!! Crazy, right?!
Everyone here at Mayesh is preparing for the holiday and I had a few things I wanted to share with you!
I have a quick video to share with you. While most importers are loading up their coolers with flowers for Valentine’s, Mayesh does not believe in storing flowers and is in fact cleaning the coolers in anticipation of the Valentine’s shipments that will start around February 4th. You can see for yourself in this 30 second video clip:
Next, I thought I’d bring out some fun Valentine’s Day design inspiration. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the following videos to get your creative juices flowing!
Floral Perspective: Valentine’s Day Roses with Patience Pickner AIFD PFCI
The Art of Flowers February 2012: Romantic Collection Centerpiece
February 2014 Wholesale Flower Product Showcase: Romantic Flowers
Oh, and don’t forget Flirty Fleur’s red rose study!
Last, but not least … Pinterest! Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board for some great design inspiration!
On behalf of everyone here at Mayesh, I wish you a very sweet Valentine’s Day holiday! Cheers!
Looking for a variety to add to your arsenal of premium red roses? Checkout Showtime Checkmate … coming to a local Mayesh near you! This variety of red rose is known for its rich red color, large head size, opening fully in water, a 10 day vase life, long strong stems, and healthy green foliage.
Our Mayesh branches will be vase testing over the next couple of weeks, and I have contacted David Dahlson of our Miami branch to do a vase test for the blog. Stay tuned!!
Contact your Mayesh rep to learn more and check them out!
Guest Blogger: David Dahlson
All of a sudden the supply of some flowers, especially roses and hydrangeas, has become dramatically curtailed. That is of course unless you want red roses for any number of reasons; then you are in luck, because red roses abound. We are now entering the period when the rose plants that had been harvested for Valentine’s Day are producing new blooms, most of which are red. For Mother’s Day, it seems that mostly colors are in demand; probably because it is mostly women making the purchasing decisions, whether for their own mothers or for their mothers-in-law.
And if you are looking for some of the most sought after varieties such as Quicksand, High & Arena, Canela, Giotto, Combo or even old-school Sahara it really will be a struggle to get any reasonable quantities.
A simple solution is the dianthus caryophyllus “Creola”. These wonderful flowers are probably not on most people’s radars as they are from the family of oft dismissed carnations. Their casual, loose habit recalls damask rose blooms but it is their color, neutral like Quicksand, with hints of pink, yellow ochre and antique green that make them very much à la mode. They complement a wide range of flowers including antique green hydrangeas. Combine that with their low cost and incredible vase life, and you have a product that can be purchased by the box and kept handy as a stand-by for all kinds of last minute situations.
And they are certainly not your Mother’s carnations!
Guest Blogger: David Dahlson
Last night was the last large load to go out for Valentine’s Day 2013. From hence forward the roses move to various destinations in the USA where it will be the turn of wholesalers, distributors and their clients to work the long hours. My work with regard to the holiday is pretty much done. Yesterday and today I spent visiting two distinct aspects of Ecuador; the old and traditional as well as the new and modern, which I shall write about in the next few days. I also went to a few farms, and was particularly struck by one plantation that is growing Eryngium Alpinum and Ranunculus.
The Eryngium is a new hybrid that has very stout stems, with upwards of four flowers per stem. When the flower is mature it displays a remarkably strong, deep indigo blue inflorescence with deeply cut ornamental bracts. According to the grower the vase life is excellent, with up to two weeks in the vase after it is received by the florist. Eryngium is originally an Alpine flower grown at fairly high altitudes, and in this environment in Ecuador where they are grown outdoors, the plants look very healthy. The flower is also very attractive in an immature state with green flowers and bracts that are lighter green striped with an almost white hue in the middle of the bract. This product looks very appealing and Mayesh should be seeing some samples some time in March.
At this same farm, they are also producing Ranunculus which also look like an attractive product and they will have year round production. They use bulbs imported from Biancheri in San Remo, Italy, and the flowers that I saw in the greenhouse show promise of being a very useful item for the USA markets especially when the Californian growers are done for the season. The color palette is broad, but largely focused on pastel colors, as well as red, purple and hot pink. These will be available as the California season comes to a close in April.
At this farm, the grower showed me some new rose varieties that had an interesting twist: Most of the modern rose varieties used for cut flowers are developed by breeders located predominantly in Holland and Germany, however an Ecuadorian breeder called Santiago Brown has started breeding roses in Ecuador. So far the roses that I have seen are not that striking, although they seem to be very strong. One that is pictured here called “Nina”, is a superior upgrade to the old Red Unique, with very long stems. It is currently very popular in Russia.
So there it is, another holiday passing by, and I am none the younger for it. However, I think I may be a little wiser and that is a good thing. Certainly, I have found it useful to keep an open mind on all things that cross my path. In closing this post, it seems poignantly appropriate to end with an image of the tractor hauling Mayesh’s roses to the airport, a truck that the owner has aptly named “Seductor” or in English “Seducer”!!
Just so you know, I have been in the wholesale flower industry for over thirty years now, and I can tell that in these holidays my body does not bounce back like it used to. In fact I don’t think it bounces at all anymore, and it is with some effort that I get from horizontal back to vertical, and from cold back to warm. Nonetheless the task at hand needs to get done, and thus it is onwards and upwards. The last of our large shipments goes out tomorrow which means only one more grueling, cold night in the coolers….honestly I am beginning to feel like a frozen McNugget!!
Incredibly the flowers keep coming and coming, although there now seems to be a slowing of production. I know this because the flow of trucks coming into the cargo agency was rapid and swift, as they had less to unload, because most orders have been completed. Mayesh still had a very large load to be prepare for shipment, and there will be a similar amount tonight.
The imperturbable phytosanitary inspectors continue their work, and it seems that no-one is immune from their microscopic examinations. Last night all of Mayesh’s David Austin roses from RosaPrima were rejected because of a Thrips infestation. This is amazing because RosaPrima is one of the best rose farms in Ecuador if not the world and their post-harvest protocols amongst the best, and yet the ubiquitous Thrip seems to be everywhere. The action also tells me that the inspectors appear to be very impartial and indiscriminate; which, while extremely annoying last night, does speak to their professionalism which in the long run can only be good for the industry.
At the airport the congestion has all but disappeared with most boxes getting out of Ecuador this morning. All in all the oversaturation woes of the logistical side of the Valentine season that I outlined earlier have finally abated. Everything has moved out or is palletized ready to leave, and even Lanchile is operating as normal.
Stepping back to look at the big picture, I earnestly hope that all segments of the cut flower industry, especially growers, wholesalers and florists, do well as the amount of time, effort, hard work and goodwill that is expended in the V-Day season is a testament to the human spirit and I hope it translates into substantial remuneration for all concerned.
Last night was the mother of cold, wet Valentine’s Day shipping days. This was the peak day of the 2013 event and the rose farms in Ecuador are trying to fulfill all their orders. Trucks have had to make three or four trips from farm to Quito and back again, and cargo agencies were receiving flowers well into the wee hours of the morning. Almost all cargo vehicles are rented out at this time, so some growers are sending flowers in pick-ups in which boxes of expensive roses are swathed in plastic to protect from the rain. Personally, I reject any flowers arriving in this condition, as they have no cooling and little protection. Speaking of rain, the heavens finally opened on a dry, parched Ecuador that has not had any precipitation in over two months and has continued to rain non-stop from yesterday morning until now, and the weather forecast calls for several days of the same. This of course will engender another set of problems for growers, including an onslaught of fungal issues including botrytis and mildew.
The last couple of nights had been very smooth for Mayesh’s delivery of flowers, but last night the sheer volume of product arriving combined with dangerous driving conditions and late dispatches of trucks from the farms made for a long night. Working through the traffic of precariously loaded pallet jacks moving from staging area to trucks by young, impertinent stevedores, as well as constant revision of products by customer agents such as myself and the agricultural inspectors and constricted by an all too congested cold room, the task at hand was finally accomplished at 2am. At this time I was able to send Mayesh’s load of beautiful roses off to UPS, even though a few farms had to be left behind as they were too late to make the cut-off.
Blogger: David Dahlson
Well, not actually the crypt but from the depths of the frigid coolers in Quito I can report on the chaos that is happening at the cargo agencies, as well as the delinquency at the companies who palletize the flowers for the airlines.
Generally speaking all the flowers from the farms are delivered to the freight-forwarders’ coolers. Each customer uses a freight forwarder to consolidate the cargo from the farms, which in turn is then delivered to the airport where it enters one of several palletizing companies who prepare the loads for the airlines. When the volumes are this high, as is usual at Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day, the capacity to handle, refrigerate and deliver in a timely fashion becomes particularly strained. This year estimates put the amount of flowers at about 10% higher than last year, and the trade association Expoflores puts it as high as 13%. In fact on Saturday night three freight forwarders collapsed under the load and the palletizing operation was severely compromised.
This situation is a direct result of the people who control the airport to allow some freight forwarders to share the coolers of the palletizing companies. In the USA this would never be allowed as they are supposed to be bonded, secure and segregated from other commercial interests. I do not think that it takes much imagination to conjecture how such arrangements may have been made. The conflict of interest and the paralyzing consequences have never been so apparent as this year.
Guest Blogger: David Dahlson
Readers of the Mayesh blog over the years will be aware that Ecuador is divided into two main and distinct rose-growing regions, which in the interests of brevity can be termed the “North”, as in the area about 35 miles to the north of Quito (Ecuado’s capital) and the “South” a region that starts 30 miles to the south of Quito and extends a further 25 miles.
Each year I travel to one zone and visit the other on alternating days. After being in the South yesterday, today was the turn to travel to the North. On the way there I visited one notable farm called Bellaflor which is actually a single farm located in Puembo some 15 miles or so from Quito. Mayesh has purchased flowers from this now well established plantation for many, many years now; especially their beautiful gypsophila, roses and wide array of summer flowers. I will do an in-depth look at them later. Considering that my focus is on roses at the moment I can say that of all the rumors I had heard of farms being early with Valentine’s roses, as far as I am concerned, this is the only farm that I have seen that is truly early, and even then only by a few days. This was to be expected in a period of such intense sun that Ecuador experienced since December, as Bellaflor is at much lower altitude than most rose farms. In point of fact our pre-book with them had to be cut as there simply are not enough roses being produced at this plantation to fill the orders on the days required.
It is Sunday night and while I’m working on publishing this blog post, it is extremely cold here in Cleveland (19 degrees outside) and my husband is sleeping with the alarm clock set to wake him at 3am, which means that the Valentine’s Day holiday is almost upon us. I also know that the holiday is kicking into full gear because David Dahlson will be our guest blogger keeping us up-to-date on our roses and sharing with us the his experiences from Quito. Enjoy!