We all can see in our own gardens that Spring has not yet sprung. The daffodils are late, the flowering cherry in my mum’s garden that’s normally at its best for her birthday on 23 January is only just flowering now, and the millions of miles of Blackthorn hedging, that normally brightens our April, hasn’t yet started to flower.
As a result of the very cold and long winter (as I write this there’s snow in Scotland) bare root plants which would normally have been taken off sale (there’s too much stress on the plant for them to transplant successfully if they’re already in bud) are still sufficiently dormant so we’ve extended our bare root season and will be taking orders until Friday 9th April (which is the latest date I can ever remember).
I’m not complaining but why is it that when bare roots are available from November (and can be pre-ordered during summer and early autumn) so many people wait until mid March to place their orders? We do 3 times as many bare root orders in March than we do in the other big month which is November so the team’s pretty tired and jaded just as order volumes peak! If I’m allowed to, can I please request that customers wanting bare roots for next season place pre-orders during the summer/autumn – that way, you’ll get us when we’ve got more time – we’ll spend more time giving advice and working out quotes – so there’s a definite customer benefit as well as a benefit to us – and the plants will have a few months to rest in their new positions before putting on their spring growth which is better for them. That seems like a win/win/win.