May 4, 2011 - The picture in this post are the greenhouses of a flower
farm in Colombia. This particular farm has been in production for 24
years and has been protected by a dyke for 22 years. On Saturday the
water levels rose to the highest in 50 years and while the dyke held,
the water spilled over the banks of the dyke.
This farm is one of three which the company has and this farm is 100 per cent poms. This flooding will affect the pom production for the next 11 weeks. The other farms have disbuds, solidago, gerbs, foliages and the mother plants for the poms. The mother plants are key and if they were lost, the return of the pom crop would be further delayed.
Other areas of Colombia and Ecuador are being seriously affected by flooding and mudslides as the infamous El Nino makes its presence known. El Nino has caused the rainy season to begin in November of last year, a full five months earlier than usual. Most weather analysts feel that this El Nino cycle will last well into May.
We hope that too many lives are not lost in this latest round of weather occurrences.