Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Featured Farmer: Mr.Brown, Sunnyside Farm

    With all of our Isles of Scilly flower famers here on the islands, we thought you might like to get to know a little bit more about who is growing your flowers, so here is the first in our series of Featured Famers.....

     

    Introducing Mr.Brown of Sunnyside Farm:

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    How did you come to be on the Isles of Scilly? 

    My Great Grandfather was the first in our family to bring us to the islands in 1890. He went to Canada with 2p in his pocket and came back with 1p, so came to Scilly looking to increase his fortunes and find work!

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    How did you first get into farming?

    When my Great Grandfather first came here, he worked on Tresco esate for Mr. Dorrien- Smith. Later himself and his son (my grandfather) took on a farm on St. Mary's. My Father followed in their footsteps and, as the eldest son, when he passed away, I took over the farm from him.

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    Have you always just farmed Narcissi? 

    During the war, all of the farmers on the Isles of Scilly had to give 1/3 of their farms to growing vegetables such as broccoli and potatoes, much to the dislike of Mainland farmers who had to give up 1/2 of their land. We have also diversified into cattle for beef and dairy, chickens, pigs and all sorts at certain times!

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    What's your favourite farming memory?

    Christmas on the farm was always an exciting time. I used to go down to the farm with my 6 brothers and sisters and help Dad to tie flowers and make up boxes.

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    What's your favourite Scented Narcissi variety and why?

    Golden Dawn because of it's exquisite scent, but I also like Soleil D'ors for their long vase life, delicate scent, and they are my favourite variety to pick!

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    What's the funniest Scented Narcissi farming story you have for us?

    Years ago, we were picking flowers, and one of the pickers took their false teeth out at lunch to eat their sandwich. He put them on a hedge next to him, and a seagull picked them up and flew off with them!

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    What do you do when you're not out in the flower fields? 

    I am a keen racquet player, and love to play table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis.

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    We hope you enjoyed reading all about Mr. Brown from Sunnyside Farm- if you have any more questions for him, just write under this post and we will get you some answers!

    Remember to look out for who farmed your flowers on your bouquet's Farmer tag

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  • Paper White Scented Narcissi For Christmas

    The Paper White variety of Scented Narcissi is in high demand at Christmas, and here are our top 5 reasons why:

    1. Classic White Flowers for Christmas

    This variety of Scented Narcissi is the purest white variety of Narcissi out of all of our sixteen varieties in a Season- perfect for Christmas colour schemes, centre pieces, or Christmas Presents.

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    2. Iconic Fragrance

    This is the Scent Descriptor our experts produced to capture the powerful scent of these Isles of Scilly flowers:

    "a warm balsamic vanilla-ry base supports the creamy, almond-like soul of this bloom, crowned with a soft, jasmine-like glow"

    It's no wonder the scent of narcissi can be found in perfumes by  Chanel, Estee Lauder, and Vera Wang to name a few.

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    3. The Perfect Gift

    Iconic in a simple bouquet, the addition to this wonderful offering of Christmas ribbon, tissue and handwritten card in our courier delivered Bespoke Blue Boxes makes an unforgettable gift.

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    4. Dreaming of a White Christmas?

    For many of our customers, this is their traditional family Christmas flower, evoking memories of time gone by. Christmas just isn't Christmas without the heady fragrance of Paper Whites around the household.

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    5. Delicate and Dainty

    The shape of these blooms is truly beautiful. With numerous dainty flowers on each stem, the soft pointed petals on these gorgeous narcissi make them instantly recognisable.

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    Pursuaded? Click Here to reserve your Paper Whites For Christmas 

  • First Hugh Towns from the Hales!

    Congratulations to Tremelethen Farm on bringing us the first of the Hugh Towns this Season!

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    Hugh Towns are recognisable by their large floret size, vivid colour-and of course fresh scent.

    Rob told us he had to walk across 7 fields to get to this wonderful bundle of Hugh Town- and we think it was worth the effort!

    Well done to the Hales!

  • More Visitors in Our Flower Fields...

    A few days ago we posted about a pheasant amongst our narcissi...and it would seem we are attracting more visitors again this week!

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    Let's hope our Pheasant and Cat don't meet face to face!

  • New Variety of Scented Narcissi Has Arrived!

    This morning we welcomed Gordon Bird of Pelistry Farm into the office with the first Sol's of the Season!

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    Sols are a huge favourite among our customers, who favour the grapefruit and vanilla nuances in their scent.

    The bad news is, we only had the handful you see to send out- but it won't be long before one of our other farms catches up, so watch this space!

    To shop from our current Varieties, click here.

  • Paperwhite Narcissi Top Christmas Flower

    It's official! Paper White Scented Narcissi are in the Telegraph's top ten Christmas flowers!

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    This article by the Telegraph tells you exactly how to grow your own Narcissi in time for Christmas, but fortunately, our Isles of Scilly flower farmers here on St.Mary's have done the hard work for you, so all you need to do is click here and you can have your own ready made bouquet by the end of the week!

  • The Scented Narcissi Isles of Scilly Flower Christmas Gift Guide

    With our wonderful range of new Christmas bouquets, we thought we would give you the definitive Isles of Scilly Christmas Flower Gift Guide to you make sure your Scented Narcissi Christmas Bouquet is the right one for you to send or receive.

    1. The Figgy Pudding Bouquet

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    We love the handcrafted candles from our friends at the St.Eval Candle Company in North Cornwall, so were delighted when they showed us their fantastic range of Christmas Candles this year! 

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    This bouquet combines the festive fragrance of seasonal Scented Narcissi with an iconic "Figgy Pudding" Christmas fragrance. With 40 hours burn time, this candle will be a welcome addition to any Christmas mantelpiece. This bouquet comes wrapped in gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and finished off with beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon. Your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card is the finishing touch to this scent sensation.

    2. Dr Victoria Heaney Christmas Edition

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    Dr Victoria Heaney is a fantastic Isles of Scilly based artist- She opened her first studio on St. Mary's in 2008, as featured on BBC 2’s ‘An Island Parish'. Specialising in original screen and linocut prints and hand-decorated chinaware, Vickie’s designs are inspired by the islands wildlife and marine heritage. Using her zoological background as a starting point, Vickie’s artwork employs clean stylish lines and vibrant colours to explore the bold patterns and images abundant in the natural world.

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    This beautiful Dr. Heaney design of Scented Narcissi, on a 2 pint ceramic jug makes a striking addition to any household. As with all our bouquets,  it is carefully wrapped in gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and finished off with beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon. Your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card is the finishing touch to this iconic bouquet. 

    3. A Cornish Christmas

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    Customise your Scented Narcissi Bouquet with mouthwatering slabs of Venezuelan Milk Chocolate Shards with Seasalt from Cornish Chocolatier Nicky Grant . With the best ingredients such as Cornish cream, butter and eggs as well as a hint of Cornish seasalt, who will you spoil with these Isles of Scilly Flowers?

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    Finishing touches are added with gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon and your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card .

    4. White Winter Wonderland

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    For Paper White lovers everywhere- the perfect Christmas Flower Bouquet from the Isles of Scilly. Guarantee this highly sought after variety in your home this Christmas, presented in our exquisite Christmas Wrapping.

    5. The Christmas Bouquet

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    Make your Scented Narcissi offering a little more unique this year, by transforming our Scented Classic Collection Bouquet into a festive Christmas Bouquet to remember. With gorgeous Christmas ribbon, and tissue paper and your own handwritten Christmas Card, this makes the perfect Christmas gesture this December.

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    That brings us to the end of our wonderful Christmas Guide- to see all of our Christmas Collection, click here. If you couldn't find what you were looking for, why not think about sending one of our luxury gift vouchers, or call us on 01720 423767 and we would be happy to help you find the perfect gift! We are already taking orders for Christmas, and with limited availability with some of our bouquets, we suggest you get your order in and your Isles of Scilly flowers reserved!

  • Facebook Competition

    This week we have been running a fabulous Facebook competition giving one of our lucky Facebook "likers" a chance to win our gorgeous White Winter Wonderland Bouquet.

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    We had a fantastic response to this competition- with some really lovely things said about one of our newest bouquets- so thank you to everyone that shared, liked and commented.

    The winner of our Facebook competition is Holly Jenkins so a huge congratulations to her- we can't wait to arrange a delivery date with you!

    If you haven't already, take a look at our Facebook page to keep up to date with any special offers, competitions and of course news from the farms over our Christmas flower period.

  • A Pesky Pheasant with a Love of Paper Whites!

    This week the office was delighted to see we had a new friend in the Scented Narcissi fields outside the office window- a wonderfully coloured pheasant among all the gloomy weather this week had seen!

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    Between taking your orders, and handling your bouquets, we have been trying to snap a picture of our pheasant all week- as you can see he is a very allusive chap!

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    It was much to our surprise that one of our farmer's, Mr. Hale, was horrified to hear this bird was in his Scented Narcissi fields, as unbeknownst to us, what it was actually doing was kicking up the carefully planted Scented Narcissi bulbs him and his son, Rob,  had laboured over all Summer!

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    This got us thinking- what's the worst pest in your garden? Let us know in your comments below, and we will ask our farmers for any top tips we can pass on to you (with over 130 years of farming behind them, they must know a thing or two!) 

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