Satsuki Azalea Society
On this website, you will find a bunch of information on what it used to be about. From my point of view, it seems like it was all about an exhibition on a specific type of flowers and plants called ‘Satsuki Azalea‘. Read on for further information.
The Society was formed in 1996 and lasted all the way till the end of the year 2013, which was in order to promote the cultivation and exhibition of Satsuki in this country. Everyone who has been to an exhibition of fine ‘Satsuki‘ is likely to be convinced of their great beauty both as flowering plants, as well as their amazing potential as bonsai material.
The name Satsuki (pronounced sat’ski) means fifth moon. It refers to the flowering period of these azaleas, which is in the fifth month of the oriental lunar calendar. This is late May / early June in their UK calendar.
They hoped that their Society will spread awareness and knowledge of these beautiful plants and will help to bring them to the attention of all bonsai enthusiasts as well as the public in general.
The Society functions mainly by means of a newsletter, together with an annual National Exhibition held at a different venue each year. There was also this Website, when it fully existed, that became their main vehicle for communications and an effective way for members, especially those in other countries or hundreds of miles away, to keep in touch with ‘What was happening’ within the society.
We all Know that Satsuki azaleas are among the world’s most spectacular flowering plants and that for over 300 years, the Japanese have been breeding these treasures for use as container grown show plants. Satsuki are most famous for the exotic sporting behavior of the flowers, individual plants can bear flowers with several different colors, forms and markings.
Today they are commonly grown as Bonsai and this website was previously, and presently, dedicated to the improvement and awareness of satsuki culture. Below I have posted some of the past information that I have found on wayback machine.
Who does not love the good aroma of flowers? I love them and that is why I have invested in Satsuki Azalea which is not so common among florists. The business idea may have come from my father but I chose something different from his roses.
My mother was also a famous florist but she had to leave her career with a big company to give a hand to my father. This is the reason why it was not a hard business idea since it was already running deep within the family structure.
Why this is the kind of flower I chose
You may be wondering why I settled for such rare bonsai flowers that are grown far away from Japan. There are many reasons but I would like to share just a few and you may follow suit in the love;
- Sweet aroma: I would spend an entire day and night at my stall and all for the saccharine smell that comes from the azalea blossoms. There is a distinction in how they reach the nose and these alluring appeal makes clients want to buy them every now and then.
- Rich variety: the great thing about flowers is having so much to choose from. I liked the many choices I would give my target buyers and I knew they would be more than willing to make purchases and try the different calibres I stock. It is estimated that there are thousands of azalea kinds but I deal with the most preferred in my market scope.
- Easy to handle: once the flowers are delivered, there is no much for me to do before they are ready for sale. It is only sorting them into their specific kinds and discarding the spoiled ones. Once this is done, they are ready to be bought.
- Fetching more: due to their rare nature, I get more proceeds than I would get from other kinds. There was a time I raised more than my fair share and I was kind to donate some amount to a breast cancer foundation.
The varieties I love
Those who love flowers, they know how important it is to have many varieties to choose from. I fell in love with Satsuki Azalea simply because I had multiple colors and types to choose from. Here are the most popular kinds that I stock in my shop which is now a top catch among many customers;
The good news is that I can get you what kind you want for your preferences. I have been consistent with keeping my customers satisfied and that is why my store is flocked.
Timing the blossoming season
Working with these flowers has given me much knowledge of where they do best and what time I expect the supply to be plenty. During the months of May and June it is the time of blossom. This is the time when I make the big killing since the supply prices are at their lowest and at the same time demand goes up.
I have established an unending supply so my clients can rest easy knowing that they will have what they need all year around. It was not an easy task to keep the stock running but I learned the ropes from my father who in his hey days ran the same kind of a business but his specialization was in roses. He taught me how to keep customers satisfied and that knowledge has been the key to the far I have come.
My routine day
My clients are very unpredictable. Some will come very early in the morning while others will come late in the night. My typical day starts at around 5a.m. when I wake up and go for an exercise run. I like keeping my body health on the check and that is why weight loss is a priority. After 5 miles I get back for a shower and breakfast. I have to be at the work place by 6:30 to take advantage of the earliest clients.
Morning and evening hours are the busiest and that is why I have my 2 assistants by my side to give a hand. Afternoons are the least busy and this is the time I take my lunch. Sometimes I take the night shift till midnight or just leave on of the assistants to tend to those who may want late services.