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  • Behind the Scenes at Scented Narcissi: The Blue Box Flower Company

    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.

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    Below is Naomi of Team Sunnyside Farm holding a huge bundle of Scented Narcissi to be brought up to us!
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    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!

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    Time to bring the Scented Narcissi up to the Blue Box Flower Company!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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?

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    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.

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    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!

  • 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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  • Featured Farmer: Keith Hale of Tremelethen Farm

    Introducing Keith Hale of Tremelethen Farm:

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    How did your family first come to be on the Isles of Scilly?

    My  Mother's family had been on the island of Tresco since the 16th Century, but after they moved to Exeter, she always wanted to return to the islands. She joined the Land Army, who let her return, and she worked at Tresco Abbey Gardens.

    My Father moved to Tresco from Leicester as a herdsman for the estate. He was offered the position of herdsman at Tremelethen Farm in 1951 and we have been there ever since.

    I met my wife, Sarah, in The Mermaid, who moved here when she was 6 with her parents to  take over the Gold Farm, which also grew Scented Narcissi. She helps all winter on the farm with tying and grading Tremelethen Farm flowers.

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    How did you get into farming?

    I went away to boarding school and absolutely hated it! I returned as soon as I could after my 'O' Levels to help my father, and took over the farm from him when he passed away in 1951. My son, Rob, went away to Seale Hane Agricultural College, and has been helping Sarah and I on the farm for ten years now.

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    What else have you farmed on Tremelethen?

    My father loved milking cattle, and that along with potatoes was our main interest originally, growing Scented Narcissi and Daffs alongside these. Then, once plastic coverings became more widely used on the Mainland, there was less demand on the Islands for potatoes, so we concentrated all our efforts into farming Scented Narcissi.

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    Tell us about your farm:

    Tremelethen Farm is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, and is 50 Acres in total, which is made up of lots of small fields- each field that makes up the farm is about 1/3 of an Acre. As well as Scented Narcissi, our neighbour's cattle also graze on some of our land.

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    What's One of Your Favourite Scented Narcissi Farming Memories?  

    When I was 8 years old, picking in the fields, Bernard Chudleigh asked me to get his flask. I ran back with it, and finding the gate shut, threw it over the top....the entire thing smashed!

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     What's Your Favourite Thing About Farming Narcissi?

    It has to be going out and picking that very first flower, and smelling it, and thinking "ahhhh"!

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    What's Your Favourite Variety of Scented Narcissi?

    Both mine and Sarah's favourite variety is Sols as it's the old standard, and the traditional Island flower.  It's better in so many ways: ease of picking, ease of tying, plus a lovely scent and colour. I also love Scilly Pride for it's deep red center.

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    Tell us something about you that we don't know:

    I am the starter for the World Championship Gig Races that are held on Scilly every year, and am a bass player in The Steamband which had BBC coverage to an audience of over 30 bIllion people on Millenium night. I've also attended 3 royal weddings.

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    What's Your Favourite spot on the Isles of Scilly? 

    The view from Golf Farm on St. Mary's.

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    What's Your Favourite Farming Memory With Your Son, Rob Hale? 

    When he was a little boy, Rob used to love coming along in the tractor with me, but he would always fall asleep as soon as we started going, with his head nodding around all over the place as we went across the fields.

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    Any Tips For a Healthy "Father-Son" Working Relationship?

    A Father and Son working together doesn't mean we always agree on the same things, but we have a safety valve if things ever get heated! There was another farming father and son who once got in so irate with each other,  a hammer was thrown, so whenever things get a little heated, one of us will mention the hammer to lighten the mood!

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    Look our for our next "Featured Farmer" interview with Keith's son, Rob Hale in the coming weeks!

  • New Year, New Varieties

    It's been a great start to the New Year at Scented Narcissi, and we've had some lovely feedback on all of our Christmas Bouquets that were delivered in the last few weeks. Below are all the varieties we are currently cropping, keep checking back, as we have another ten varieties to come in the next few months!

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    IOSThis variety is famous for it's large florets and vivid colours, and looks beautiful on it's own or within our Seasonal Selection. It's scent has a jasmine heart with ylang ylang, and is described by our experts as being "crisp with the refreshing sensation of a brisk sea breeze".

    Hugh Town captures the freshness of a Spring day on the Isles of Scilly and reflects our warm and exotic location, in our mild winters.

    Grand Primo

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    A popular choice of Scented Narcissi, this is the first variety of Whites we have had, after Paper Whites to crop this Season- as featured in some of our Christmas Bouquets. With a citrus twist to the creamy richness of this variety, it offers a refreshing fragrance in January.

    Grand Primo is an indulgent and decadent variety, that spoils your senses with a rich and luxurious aroma. It has been described as having the effect of "instant relaxation".

    Other Varieties Available:

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    If you have any questions about certain varieties, or would like to tell us what your favourite variety is, let us know below!

     

     

  • More Visitors in Our Flower Fields...

    A few days ago we posted about a pheasant amongst our narcissi...and it would seem we are attracting more visitors again this week!

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    Let's hope our Pheasant and Cat don't meet face to face!

  • New Variety of Scented Narcissi Has Arrived!

    This morning we welcomed Gordon Bird of Pelistry Farm into the office with the first Sol's of the Season!

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    Sols are a huge favourite among our customers, who favour the grapefruit and vanilla nuances in their scent.

    The bad news is, we only had the handful you see to send out- but it won't be long before one of our other farms catches up, so watch this space!

    To shop from our current Varieties, click here.

  • Paperwhite Narcissi Top Christmas Flower

    It's official! Paper White Scented Narcissi are in the Telegraph's top ten Christmas flowers!

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    This article by the Telegraph tells you exactly how to grow your own Narcissi in time for Christmas, but fortunately, our Isles of Scilly flower farmers here on St.Mary's have done the hard work for you, so all you need to do is click here and you can have your own ready made bouquet by the end of the week!

  • The Scented Narcissi Isles of Scilly Flower Christmas Gift Guide

    With our wonderful range of new Christmas bouquets, we thought we would give you the definitive Isles of Scilly Christmas Flower Gift Guide to you make sure your Scented Narcissi Christmas Bouquet is the right one for you to send or receive.

    1. The Figgy Pudding Bouquet

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    We love the handcrafted candles from our friends at the St.Eval Candle Company in North Cornwall, so were delighted when they showed us their fantastic range of Christmas Candles this year! 

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    This bouquet combines the festive fragrance of seasonal Scented Narcissi with an iconic "Figgy Pudding" Christmas fragrance. With 40 hours burn time, this candle will be a welcome addition to any Christmas mantelpiece. This bouquet comes wrapped in gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and finished off with beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon. Your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card is the finishing touch to this scent sensation.

    2. Dr Victoria Heaney Christmas Edition

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    Dr Victoria Heaney is a fantastic Isles of Scilly based artist- She opened her first studio on St. Mary's in 2008, as featured on BBC 2’s ‘An Island Parish'. Specialising in original screen and linocut prints and hand-decorated chinaware, Vickie’s designs are inspired by the islands wildlife and marine heritage. Using her zoological background as a starting point, Vickie’s artwork employs clean stylish lines and vibrant colours to explore the bold patterns and images abundant in the natural world.

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    This beautiful Dr. Heaney design of Scented Narcissi, on a 2 pint ceramic jug makes a striking addition to any household. As with all our bouquets,  it is carefully wrapped in gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and finished off with beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon. Your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card is the finishing touch to this iconic bouquet. 

    3. A Cornish Christmas

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    Customise your Scented Narcissi Bouquet with mouthwatering slabs of Venezuelan Milk Chocolate Shards with Seasalt from Cornish Chocolatier Nicky Grant . With the best ingredients such as Cornish cream, butter and eggs as well as a hint of Cornish seasalt, who will you spoil with these Isles of Scilly Flowers?

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    Finishing touches are added with gold and cream Christmas themed tissue paper, and beautiful Merry Christmas ribbon and your own exclusively designed handwritten Christmas card .

    4. White Winter Wonderland

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    For Paper White lovers everywhere- the perfect Christmas Flower Bouquet from the Isles of Scilly. Guarantee this highly sought after variety in your home this Christmas, presented in our exquisite Christmas Wrapping.

    5. The Christmas Bouquet

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    Make your Scented Narcissi offering a little more unique this year, by transforming our Scented Classic Collection Bouquet into a festive Christmas Bouquet to remember. With gorgeous Christmas ribbon, and tissue paper and your own handwritten Christmas Card, this makes the perfect Christmas gesture this December.

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    That brings us to the end of our wonderful Christmas Guide- to see all of our Christmas Collection, click here. If you couldn't find what you were looking for, why not think about sending one of our luxury gift vouchers, or call us on 01720 423767 and we would be happy to help you find the perfect gift! We are already taking orders for Christmas, and with limited availability with some of our bouquets, we suggest you get your order in and your Isles of Scilly flowers reserved!

  • Facebook Competition

    This week we have been running a fabulous Facebook competition giving one of our lucky Facebook "likers" a chance to win our gorgeous White Winter Wonderland Bouquet.

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    We had a fantastic response to this competition- with some really lovely things said about one of our newest bouquets- so thank you to everyone that shared, liked and commented.

    The winner of our Facebook competition is Holly Jenkins so a huge congratulations to her- we can't wait to arrange a delivery date with you!

    If you haven't already, take a look at our Facebook page to keep up to date with any special offers, competitions and of course news from the farms over our Christmas flower period.

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