We are not far off sending the first of our Scented Narcissi for this season, but do you know which is normally our first variety to crop?
This weekend is the international celebration of The Lonely Bouquet, where thousands of people across the world leave fabulous bouquets of flowers to be found by the lucky people that just happen to walk by.
(Some of our florists are taking part in the celebrations too- this one is by Jessie from The Poundbury Florist in Dorchester)
As you all know, our flowers don't start growing until mid-September, but we won't let that stop us from joining in with the fun!
This weekend, we are leaving three of our luxury boxed gift vouchers around St. Mary's for 3 lucky people to find.
We might not be able to offer a bouquet, but hold on to the voucher you find, and you can redeem it this Autumn- we promise the first Scented Narcissi of the Season from our farmers will be worth the wait!
If you do come across one of our gift vouchers, don't forget to let us know- we'd love to see a photo of you finding it and where!
We begrudgingly took our last delivery up to the airport this morning to be sent to Lands End.
It is a fabulously sunny morning here on Scilly- in fact it has been all week- what a fantastic view our flowers get on their journey to you!
Thank you to everyone who has ordered this Season- watch this space as we have some exciting plans in the coming weeks, and in the meantime...we'll keep posting stunning pictures of our fabulous islands, and all the latest updates from our farmers!
Wow! What a Season it has been! We have provided you with over 20 different varieties of Scented Narcissi and Narcissi this season, with the help of our fabulous farmers!
We have the last of this Season's flowers coming up from Tremelethen, Trenoweth, Seaways, Borough, Sunnyside, and Lighthouse Farm on St. Agnes, so make sure you don't miss out on your last chance to enjoy some Scented Narcissi this Season!
We've had an amazing bundle of late cropping Scilly Pride from Lighthouse Farm, which is available now on our website!
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.