Local florists deal with shortage of flowers, delivery drivers ahead of Mother’s Day

New London

WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Victoria Hoelck has been in the floral business for quite some time.

“23, 24 years?” she pondered as she designed an arrangement.

Her husband Michael has been in it even longer. They’ve faced challenges over the years but this Mother’s Day those are compounded.

“Actually it’s hard for us to get a lot of our flowers or get what we’ve ordered and a lot of things are backordered,” said Michael Hoelck who founded Hoelck’s Florist in Waterford.

Hoelck says that’s because wholesalers aren’t getting as many flowers as they usually do from flower farms. 

“South America has had terrible weather on top of the pandemic where farms had to be shut down and they couldn’t keep their crops going so a lot of them closed,” said Hoelck.

There have also been shipping delays and even suppliers closer to home have seen a shortage.

“We’re getting limited quantities,” said Hoelck. “Like if I ordered three cases of one item sometimes they’ll only ship one maybe two.” 

This has cause a dilemma for the Waterford florist.

“We run out of certain colors very quickly,” said Hoelck.

He is now having to offer some open floral arrangements with a mix of flowers.

“This particular one was all lavender and white daisies,” explained Hoelck as he held up one of the completed arrangements. “I’m having a tough time getting daisies. I had to take this off the website.”

Not only is there a shortage of supply but also delivery drivers and designers. A lot of florists say they are having a hard time getting people to come in to work because they are making more money on unemployment with that extra stimulus payment in the mix.

“So far we’ve been doing ten to twelve hour days,” said Hoelck.

That will continue for him and his wife through the weekend as they get creative with fewer flowers.

“As long as mom gets something beautiful for Mothers Day,” said Hoelck. “That’s all that matters.”

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