Some nurseries were a little down on trading in March and are only making that up now. Many report that trade has been steady and sell through in high percentages, with potted bulbs going very well.
Average temperatures have been similar to last year but the increased sunshine hours (122 per cent of the average in March) has brought out gardeners.
Sales of nursery stock, herbaceous plants and early flowering spring plants (where available) have been good but now garden centres and stores are starting to get the urge to jump ahead into summer bedding.
The BPOA added that the big weeks for bedding trade are on their way, starting next week with the Bank Holiday when the forecast is generally changeable with more rain in the west which could have a slowing effect on the stores' ordering patterns.
Jonny Brown of Barnsfold Nurseries said that trade there was brisk and the firm is busy fulfilling orders for the coming weekend.
BPOA chairman Simon Davenport said that the association members were in a confident mood, having had a relatively stable few weeks of trading, but there was a lot of work to be done over the next two months before the results of the cool start to the season would be evident.