Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Valentine's Day: The Scilly Rose

    >We have some wonderful Valentine's Day collections available for you this Season, but if you're looking for a simple, romantic alternative to the out-dated rose, why not try the beautiful Erlicheer variety of Scented Narcissi.

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    Erlicheer is unlike any other variety of narcissi that crops here on Scilly. Beautiful double headed blooms sit upon each dark green stem, their petals unveiling themselves like a scented rose.

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    Described as "the flower for a woman in the first glow of love" the gentle sweet vanilla custard scent of this variety is unlike any other for evoking a romantic mood.

    Support #britishflowers this Valentine's Day, and send a beautiful bouquet of Scented Erlicheer Narcissi to the one you love.

  • Chinese New Year

    This year, we have launched an exclusive limited edition, Chinese New Year Bouquet. Celebrated on Friday January 31st this year, the year of the horse, bring a little luck and fortune to someone dear to you.

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    The Narcissi, in particular, the Paper White Scented Narcissi, has long been representative in Chinese culture. It signifies the promise of Spring and conveys wishes of good luck, prosperity and longevity.

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    Our exclusive bouquet includes other traditional elements of Chinese culture. Your card will be placed in a red envelope used for special Chinese occasions. The tradition of red envelopes comes from a story about a demon who was vanquished during the Sung Dynasty. A young man with a magic sword defeated a demon that was menacing a town. The town presented him with money in a red envelope to reward him for his deed.

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    In Chinese culture, red is the color of the auspicious, signifying reunion, health, happiness, harmony, peace and prosperity.

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    The gold/yellow in the tissue paper selected for this bouquet is one of the most revered colours in Chinese culture, held as the symbolic colour of the five legendary emperors of  ancient China. The bouquet comes tied in the iconic decorative knotted red tassles, synonymous with Chinese culture.

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    This bouquet is a symbol of luck, longevity and prosperity, so make sure you are one of the lucky few to get this limited edition bouquet delivered on Chinese New Year, Friday 31st January.

  • Stormy Seas on Scilly

    We would like to say a huge "Thank You" to our wonderful customers who have been so understanding with any delays to deliveries in the last week due to the extreme weather faced. Below are just a few images captured by some of the locals on Scilly during the last week.

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    Sea Crashing Over the Quay. Photo from @radioscilly

    Waves Crashing over the Mermaid

    The Aftermath. Photo from @TootsTaxis

    Seaweed thrown up the street by the waves

    quay eldred Damage to the Quay at St.Mary's harbour

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    Thank You again for your continued support at this challenging time for all of us on Scilly- as a testament to the quality of our flowers, you will be pleased to know they are still standing strong, protected by the hedgerows of our small fields.

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  • New Variety: Island Pride

    What a great start to January, a whole van of Island Pride from Tremelethen Farm!

    Island Pride in Keith's Van keith first Island PrideIsland Pride has a much more vibrant yellow center than Grand Primo, which it is quite similar to, plus gorgeous rounder petals, and a slightly larger head.

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  • Featured Farmer: Keith Hale of Tremelethen Farm

    Introducing Keith Hale of Tremelethen Farm:

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    How did your family first come to be on the Isles of Scilly?

    My  Mother's family had been on the island of Tresco since the 16th Century, but after they moved to Exeter, she always wanted to return to the islands. She joined the Land Army, who let her return, and she worked at Tresco Abbey Gardens.

    My Father moved to Tresco from Leicester as a herdsman for the estate. He was offered the position of herdsman at Tremelethen Farm in 1951 and we have been there ever since.

    I met my wife, Sarah, in The Mermaid, who moved here when she was 6 with her parents to  take over the Gold Farm, which also grew Scented Narcissi. She helps all winter on the farm with tying and grading Tremelethen Farm flowers.

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    How did you get into farming?

    I went away to boarding school and absolutely hated it! I returned as soon as I could after my 'O' Levels to help my father, and took over the farm from him when he passed away in 1951. My son, Rob, went away to Seale Hane Agricultural College, and has been helping Sarah and I on the farm for ten years now.

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    What else have you farmed on Tremelethen?

    My father loved milking cattle, and that along with potatoes was our main interest originally, growing Scented Narcissi and Daffs alongside these. Then, once plastic coverings became more widely used on the Mainland, there was less demand on the Islands for potatoes, so we concentrated all our efforts into farming Scented Narcissi.

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    Tell us about your farm:

    Tremelethen Farm is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, and is 50 Acres in total, which is made up of lots of small fields- each field that makes up the farm is about 1/3 of an Acre. As well as Scented Narcissi, our neighbour's cattle also graze on some of our land.

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    What's One of Your Favourite Scented Narcissi Farming Memories?  

    When I was 8 years old, picking in the fields, Bernard Chudleigh asked me to get his flask. I ran back with it, and finding the gate shut, threw it over the top....the entire thing smashed!

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     What's Your Favourite Thing About Farming Narcissi?

    It has to be going out and picking that very first flower, and smelling it, and thinking "ahhhh"!

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    What's Your Favourite Variety of Scented Narcissi?

    Both mine and Sarah's favourite variety is Sols as it's the old standard, and the traditional Island flower.  It's better in so many ways: ease of picking, ease of tying, plus a lovely scent and colour. I also love Scilly Pride for it's deep red center.

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    Tell us something about you that we don't know:

    I am the starter for the World Championship Gig Races that are held on Scilly every year, and am a bass player in The Steamband which had BBC coverage to an audience of over 30 bIllion people on Millenium night. I've also attended 3 royal weddings.

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    What's Your Favourite spot on the Isles of Scilly? 

    The view from Golf Farm on St. Mary's.

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    What's Your Favourite Farming Memory With Your Son, Rob Hale? 

    When he was a little boy, Rob used to love coming along in the tractor with me, but he would always fall asleep as soon as we started going, with his head nodding around all over the place as we went across the fields.

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    Any Tips For a Healthy "Father-Son" Working Relationship?

    A Father and Son working together doesn't mean we always agree on the same things, but we have a safety valve if things ever get heated! There was another farming father and son who once got in so irate with each other,  a hammer was thrown, so whenever things get a little heated, one of us will mention the hammer to lighten the mood!

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    Look our for our next "Featured Farmer" interview with Keith's son, Rob Hale in the coming weeks!

  • New Year, New Varieties

    It's been a great start to the New Year at Scented Narcissi, and we've had some lovely feedback on all of our Christmas Bouquets that were delivered in the last few weeks. Below are all the varieties we are currently cropping, keep checking back, as we have another ten varieties to come in the next few months!

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    IOSThis variety is famous for it's large florets and vivid colours, and looks beautiful on it's own or within our Seasonal Selection. It's scent has a jasmine heart with ylang ylang, and is described by our experts as being "crisp with the refreshing sensation of a brisk sea breeze".

    Hugh Town captures the freshness of a Spring day on the Isles of Scilly and reflects our warm and exotic location, in our mild winters.

    Grand Primo

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    A popular choice of Scented Narcissi, this is the first variety of Whites we have had, after Paper Whites to crop this Season- as featured in some of our Christmas Bouquets. With a citrus twist to the creamy richness of this variety, it offers a refreshing fragrance in January.

    Grand Primo is an indulgent and decadent variety, that spoils your senses with a rich and luxurious aroma. It has been described as having the effect of "instant relaxation".

    Other Varieties Available:

    Soleil D'Ors

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    Paper Whites

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    If you have any questions about certain varieties, or would like to tell us what your favourite variety is, let us know below!

     

     

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