Scented Narcissi

  • New Variety: Royal Connection

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    The stunning Royal Connection is now cropping on St. Mary's -given it's name as it is grown on Duchy of Cornwall farms.

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    The vibrant rouge centre of this variety is as striking as it's exotic fragrance: reminiscent of Jasmine, gardenia and frangipani.

    This scent is passionate and wild, deep and mysterious.

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    The team at Tremelethen Farm have individually hand picked and hand graded over 30 thousand stems of this variety in just one day!

    To order yourself some of this fabulous variety, click here

  • Sarah Paulger: Borough Farm

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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. 

  • Daffodils for St.David's Day

    Next Saturday is St. David's day, so we were overjoyed when Sarah Paulger, of Borough Farm told us she was going to have a field full of a variety of Daffodils called "Covent Garden".

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    Sarah is one of the only female farmers here on St. Mary's, and we are proud to present to you the beautiful St. David's Day Bouquet we have created using her Spring scented Daffodils, and citrus vibrant Hugh Town.

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    This bouquet is limited in number, as Sarah only has an exclusive crop of these daffodils, so make sure you are one of the lucky ones, and place your order now.

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  • Scented Narcissi Survives the Storms

    After a long period of high winds and tides on the islands,  we are delighted to say that not only are our flowers flourishing, with new varieties coming up every day, we also had little to no disruptions to our deliveries during the storms.

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    Despite having faced the worst storms on the Islands since 1980, the flower farmers of Scented Narcissi have been working furiously to battle the elements, and with the help of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, kept business open as usual shipping their flowers across to the Mainland.

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    It’s been a challenging time logistically for us, but it has not affected the quality of the Scented Narcissi we have sent out, and thanks to the efforts of the Steamship Company, and our Courier service, has had little to no disruption to the delivery of our bouquets.

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    Astonishingly, even with winds of up to 90mph recorded these delicate scented blooms continue to flourish

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    Rob Hale of Tremelethen Farm said “The huge undertaking of hedge planting around the hundreds of tiny fields to create a ‘Shelter Belt’ over the last 25 years provides protection from the wind to the majority of the crop.  The loss is minimal after such a sustained period of high wind strength- it’s amazing more damage has not occurred“

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  • Are you an Enviromantic? #britishflowers

    If you haven't seen the latest in the "flower news", you will not be aware of the latest surge of support for British Flowers. After the release of Interflora's Valentine's Bouquet (£195) a rally of British florists highlighted the lack of seasonality in these bouquets, and the detriment supporting them can have to the British Flower Industry.

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    Here on Scilly, we only use our own British flowers, grown on our farms, by our farmers, as they and their families have been doing for over 130 years.

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    From long labourious Summers planting bulbs, to cold hard winters in all the elements, our flowers support an island industry, making it the second largest industry on the islands after tourism.

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    We would like to thank all of our customers- florists and direct, for making the choice to support us, and #britishflowers

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  • Wild and Windy on Scilly

    We've had a terrible week of weather here on St.Mary's this week, with winds of  90 mph hitting the islands, teamed with high tides and waves of up to 40 feet!

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    A huge thank you to our pickers and farmers who have been out every day this week, battling the elements to keep up with the cropping Scented Narcissi- yesterday our pickers were picking in 80 mph winds in hail and rain storms!

     

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    Unbelievably, we have had minimal disruptions to our deliveries this week, managing with the help of Skybus, to fly the majority of our flowers out on Tuesday morning. We will endeavour to deliver all remaining bouquets on Friday of this week. If you have any questions concerning your order, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01720 423767, or orders@scentednarcissi.co.uk.

    Have a look below at some of the stormy pictures taken on the islands last night and this morning- the seas have pushed sand right into the town centre!

     

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    Once again we thank you for your continued support of our flower industry at this time. 

     

     

     

  • Severe Weather Warnings Affecting Deliveries This Week

     

    Unfortunately, we have been hit severely by the bad weather again on St. Mary's. At present, all flights are on hold, and a cancellation to the mid week boat we usually use means disruptions to our deliveries this week.

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    We will endeavour to send out our bouquets as soon as we can, and are hoping for a delivery at the end of the week. If you have any questions, or queries, or would like to amend your order, please don't hesitate to contact us on:

    01720 423767

    orders@scentednarcissi.co.uk

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  • 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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    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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