This week we were sad to see the last trolley of flowers from Pelistry Farm appear in our Shed.
We have had some fantastic Scented Narcissi from them this Season, and can't wait to welcome them back in September when we will start all over again!
Mothering Sunday is a hugely busy time here at the Blue Box Flower Company- so we thought we would show you the chain of events that lead to your bouquet!
First of all, the Scented Narcissi are hand picked to order by our various teams at all the farms that bring us flowers- this is a photo of Team Tremelethen picking the Scilly Pride that will be going out in all of our Mother's Day Bouquets on Friday.
Next stage of the Scented Narcissi, is the grading process. Rhiannon of Sunnyside Farm is bundling all of the same length Scented Narcissi together- this is how we ensure that only the top grade of flower is sent out to our customers, which is why you will always have those lovely long stems!
Time to bring the Scented Narcissi up to the Blue Box Flower Company!
Every day, our farmers visit us (multiple times) with van loads of flowers. Some of these are already tied and ready to go out in the bouquets, others need to be counted and tied by our Bunching Team.
Once the Bunching Team have checked the grade of the flowers, they are counted in tens, and placed on the banding machine, which enables Louise, at the head of the machine to count exactly how many flowers each farmer has brought up to us!
To keep the flowers fresh, we store them in a cold store which is a hive of activity as fresh flowers are shipped out, and new flowers are brought in- can you imagine the scent of all of these flowers?
Finally, our florists select the freshest and best grade of Scented Narcissi flowers for our luxury Blue Box bouquets. They are placed in Flower Fresh Pouches, to ensure they have water for their journey, and then carefully wrapped and hand-tied in our bespoke packaging.
The journey, of course, does not stop there. We then take our Blue Boxes up to the airport, or the quay and they are flown to Lands End, or placed on the Gry Maritha to start their journey to Penzance Quay.
Our couriers come into their own at this point, delivering the bouquets up and down the UK.
We still have a few weeks left of our Season until most of our Farm Teams will be going to their Summer jobs, so make sure you place your order while you still have a chance!
We are giving you the chance to win a luxury Scented Narcissi Bouquet for Mother's Day, in our latest Facebook competition!
All you have to do to enter is follow this link and follow the instructions on the page!
The milder weather has brought with it a beautiful and highly exclusive variety of Scented Narcissi this week: Silver Chimes
This beautiful and rare variety has only been brought to us by one farmer this Season, Francis Hosken, of Trenoweth Farm.
This beautiful heavy floret, nods gently on vibrant green stems- the large creamy white petals and pale lemon bell a beacon of Spring. Our customers wait all Season for this beautiful Narcissi to crop.
A subtle fragrance of lilac and hyacinth compliment this delicate narcissi.
This Variety makes a perfect alternative to Paperwhites and is available for a limited time only. Tempted? Click Here.
This week we officially launched our Mother's Day Flower Collection- and they are already in high demand. With an array of beautiful varieties of highly Scented Narcissi available this month, we have created three wonderful bouquets to truly spoil your deserving Mum!
Our Recommended Mother's Day Bouquet:
A scent of the islands is evoked by these heavenly Scilly flowers, a handmade Rose Geranium Soap from St. Agnes, and a coastal scented candle from the St.Eval Candle Company. Close your eyes, relax and transport yourself to our magical islands with this bouquet.
Luxury Scented Bouquet Combined with Cornish Treats. These stunning Isles of Scilly flowers come with our best selling Rose Geranium soap, handmade right here on the Isles of Scilly. To finish off this fabulous bouquet, we have included a Raspberry and White Chocolate Heart from our Cornish Chocolatier, Nicky Grant.
Spoil your Deserving Mum with this Luxury Bouquet. Heavenly Scented Narcissi teamed with a selection of Cornish Chocolates from award winning Cornish chocolatier, Nicky Grant.
Plus any orders placed before Monday 10th March from our Mother's Day Collection receive 20 Extra Stems worth £4, absolutely free!
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Astonishingly, even with winds of up to 90mph recorded these delicate scented blooms continue to flourish
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“
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.
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.
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.
We would like to thank all of our customers- florists and direct, for making the choice to support us, and #britishflowers
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!