Monthly Archives: July 2014

  • Bulbs, Bulbs, Bulbs!

    Today we went down to Tremelethen Farm to see what father and son, Rob and Keith Hale, have been up to.

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    Tremelethen Farm are currently getting their bulbs ready to send off in huge quantities across the UK. Before they can send them, they have to clean and grade the bulbs.

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    The bulbs travel up the conveyor belt where any stones and debris are removed by hand.

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    Then the bulbs move on to a new section where they are brushed to remove any dirt.

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    The bulbs are then graded and sorted as they are shaken along the next part of the machine. There are different sized holes for the bulbs to fall into.

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    Once a basket is full, it's emptied into huge bulb containers, labelled by variety, and are then moved into the ventilated greenhouses.

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    Thanks Rob for showing us around!

  • Burning Over

    The next stage for our busy farmers is "burning over" the fields. This removes any debris from the fields of last season's crop, and enables the cycle to start anew.

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    The process of burning over started after some Isles of Scilly farmers had a bonfire on one of their Scented Narcissi fields in the 1920's.  The next season, a patch of Narcissi grew earlier than all the others in the field, right where the bonfire took place. The farmers realised that burning over the crops, meant earlier flowers.

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    Originally, the farmers used bracken from the coastline, and then straw to burn over, but later, the Ministry of Agriculture introduced the farmers to Propane Burners, an easier and more efficient way of achieving the same result.

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    Another great result of burning over, is that it leaves a black residue on the ground, which then absorbs the heat- something our Scented Narcissi thrive on!

  • Island Flowers

    We might not have Scented Narcissi growing at the moment, but we do have some fabulous flowers blooming across the islands, in hedgerows, coastal paths, and gardens. Here are some of our favourite:

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    Agapanthus

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    Cow Parsley

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    Cornflower

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  • Life on the Farm July 2014

    Our farmers are as busy as ever preparing the fields for next Season's crop, which should be ready around the end of September.

    Mike Brown from Sunnyside Farm has been using the machine below, a "Bulb Hoover", in the last few days on his farm.

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    The Bulb Hoover has belts that scoop the bulbs up & into the wooden box on the back.

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    The next step is to bring them back to the shed for cleaning & grading.

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    Before machines like this were invented, the bulbs used to be ploughed up,  left to dry on the ground, then picked up by hand into baskets.

  • Did You Find One?

    We recently took part in The Lonely Bouquet, hiding our luxury gift vouchers around St. Mary's for three lucky people to find!

    Can you guess where we left them?

    Lonely Bouquet The Powder Room

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    If you did find one of our vouchers, get in touch with us on 01720 423767, or email us orders@scentednarcissi.co.uk

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