Sarah is one of the only female farmers providing us with Narcissi on the islands. She took over Borough Farm from her father, and supplies us with beautifully Scented Narcissi throughout the Season- as well as the occasional field full of stunning Island Daffodils.
Tell us about the Scented Narcissi you grow...
We’re very proud of our Scented Narcissi flowers, families on the Isles of Scilly have been growing them here since the late 1800s. Today we have more varieties than ever before, ranging from pure white to rich yellow and orange and each variety has its own unique scent. The flowers are grown naturally, out of doors, in small sheltered fields.
What do you love about the Isles of Scilly?
I love the Isles of Scilly, and I also enjoy working with my brother on our farm. The community is very close knit on the islands, with everyone knowing everyone.
Tell us about working on the Farm...
Working on the farm is a full time job. I grow Scented Narcissi through October- March, and during the Summer tend to the beef cattle and prepare the flower fields for next Season. I grew up on the islands, and as a child helped out on the farm ,so I have been a part of this industry my entire life.
What do you love about working with Scented Narcissi?
I enjoy working outdoors in the open air, surrounded by such beautiful scenery. I am also a real fan of Scented Narcissi flowers, and it feels as though this cottage industry is part of my family history. I have a great quality of life, and am extremely dedicated to keeping this cottage industry going. The flowers are grown in a very eco-friendly way, and I think it's important that people support British produce.
What's it like to be one of the only female farmers here on the islands?
It's quite unusual to be a female farmer especially a female Narcissi grower, as there aren't that many at all. Traditionally, men picked the flowers and women graded and tied them, but I have taken on the full role!
You can buy some of Sarah's Spring Island Daffodils, combined with heavenly scented Hugh Town Narcissi in our new bouquet for St. David's Day.