But it is also clear from recent conversations with growers supplying the landscaping sector, that there is better news there too. As Johnsons of Whixley's Andrew Richardson tells us this week, the firm which had pushed further into retail to protect itself from a sluggish amenity market is in fact 15 to 30 per cent ahead of its amenity sales budget - a result that is reflected elsewhere in the sector. Another leading amenity plant supplier says it is set for its best ever year for non retail sales. Who would have thought that possible 12 months ago?
But it is also good to see that nursery stock growers are not automatically rushing in to up production in response to this long overdue confidence boost. Instead, as Richardson notes, they are preferring to put up with being a bit short now, rather than face the risk of unsold stock in the future. Bedding growers reported the same caution to HW last week after a great start to the season.
And there are plenty of challenges to come. In the shorter term worries about drought conditions which are already hitting some edible crops. Meanwhile, we hear following an industry briefing with Defra's Richard Benyon this week that any easing of peat phase out targets for professional growers is definitely off the agenda. And the construction market - such a key driver - remains a long way from recovery. Cautious optimism remains the safest bet for now.