Looking back on a grower's year
One week to go to the big day - or seven more sleeps, as the grandchildren say. Time to reflect on the year we have had.
Last winter, the snow came early and we had difficulty getting product into store with icy roads. Spring was late coming, then summer proved challenging with the extreme heat and lack of water, but oh how things have changed over the years.
Prior to supermarkets selling flowers, with temperatures like we saw this summer, sales would have stopped dead, but this year they continued and for many crops remained strong.
Autumn seemed not to want to end and winter has only just arrived but we have been cropping tulips now for just over a week and hence thinking about spring already.
Labour has proved a challenge and I think will become a huge issue going forward. Whilst many of us wanted to take control of our borders, the intention was never to virtually close them to Europeans and make those here feel unwanted and nervous.
I certainly don’t think many politicians or the public realise how heavily dependent both horticulture and agriculture are on these people and in some cases, we may see crops lost due to labour shortages.
Then we have Brexit, which seems to be getting more complicated by the day and builds our distrust with politicians by the minute. Mrs May has shown extraordinary tenacity, resilience and determination and I think we forget she is just the voice piece of a team, but I’m afraid the team is fragmented and we are in for a bumpy ride with far too many looking for personal glory and many showing a complete lack of experience and disregard for the nation.
All that said, we look for to a positive 2019. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and for 2019, I say be safe, be happy and most importantly, be healthy.