Are we a breed of of our own?
this saturday, my neighbor/cousin held his own garden show at his house. this was his first attempt to step out into the business side of gardening. by inviting everyone to his gardens, he hoped to stir up a buzz about opening for grand opening business this coming spring. hes going to be mainly selling daylilies...with a random selection of extra things that he needs to divide from his own gardens.
he worked his butt off for this. pricey newspaper ads, flyers up everywhere, facebook, word of mouth, signs in the neighborhood. worked hard at getting his gardens in shape and potting things up for sale. made and displayed full color prints of each daylily for sale. we went all out...and it didnt pay off.
not a soul came. the only people who came were my boyfriend and i, who were also selling some of our extras. the whole experience just got me thinking about how us daylily lovers must live in a world of our own. and how hard it must be in this day and age and economic situation, to actually make it in the flower nursery business. its very discouraging.
we see everywhere that people care about landscaping and having little flowerbeds on their property...but i dont see many enthusiasts. lowes and walmart carry the same old cultivars like stella de oro each year, with maybe one or two new ones (not new to us, but new to mainstream market). last year they offered kokomo sunset, fooled me, and mauna loa...and this year they are offering final touch. but thats about it. to get something really cool and unique, you need to order online.
it just seems like there isnt much demand out there in the general shopping traffic to merit a whole nursery based on the newest and rarest of the old and worn out garden classics, unless you are selling online to other people like us its as though the only people interested in the new hybids are us hybridizers. and that makes me wonder, why we are really doing what we do? we may sell our stuff to other people like ourselves, but the excitement and enthusiasm seems to end there. i would like to drive through town and see other cultivars just as popular as the old classics. but still, after years of everyones efforts, its still the same old ditch lilies and stellas everywhere you go.
dont worry, im not losing muster or determination...but this weekend was pretty disheartening to realize that outside of us who do this, that no one else really cares. but anyways, we will keep plugging along. because after all, it is our hobby that we do for our own personal enjoyment, and we cant expect everyone around us to be as into it as we are.
This post was edited by taurustendency on Mon, Sep 9, 13 at 10:12