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  • Top Tips on Caring for your Scented Narcissi

    On the Isles of Scilly, flower farming is in the blood. Passed down through generations of flower farming families, the craft of tending and growing narcissi has long been perfected. From each bulb’s humble beginnings to their vibrant, scented blooms, our Scillonian farmers know it all!

    Scented Narcissi grown outdoors on the Isles of Scilly Scented Narcissi grown outdoors on the Isles of Scilly

     

    We have collected some of our growers’ ‘top tips’ on how to care for your narcissi and get the best looking and longest lasting blooms from your flowers.

    Andrew May of Seaways Farm says: ‘Trim the stems no more than an inch when they arrive, and place them in cold water. Replace the old water with fresh water daily; they drink a lot!’

    Andrew May in his flower fields…recommends cold water for the flowers. Andrew May in his flower fields…recommends cold water for the flowers.

     

    ‘Don’t keep them in a hot living room’ says Keith Hale of Tremelethen farm. ‘The cooler you keep them the longer they will last. And if you really want them next to your fire then make sure you place them in a cold room at night’.

    If you have a hot fire or a centrally heated house we recommend moving your flowers into a porch or garage overnight. If you have a hot fire or a centrally heated house we recommend moving your flowers into a porch or garage overnight.

     

    Sarah Paulger over at Borough farm says the secret to her wonderfully healthy flowers is that she keeps the foliage up for as long as possible. She also has a tip for those of you growing narcissi in your own gardens: remove the dead heads so that the goodness goes back into the bulb; this makes the bulbs bigger. Sarah also recommends that you don’t keep them flowering for too long, especially in the first year. The same theory applies to your fresh cut narcissi: ‘By removing any flower heads which are past their best, not only will it keep your bouquet looking fresh, it will also encourage the other buds on each stem to open up.’

    Sarah Paulger excels at growing big, healthy crops of ‘Soleil d’Or’ Narcissi Sarah Paulger excels at growing big, healthy crops of ‘Soleil d’Or’ Narcissi

     

    Mike Brown of Sunnyside farm mentions an important point: ‘The narcissi grow so well on Scilly because of our naturally warm climate. We get very little frost here on the islands and the flowers don’t like the freeze’. (Think frozen cucumbers!) So if you’re thinking about planting bulbs at home, make sure to choose a warm spot in your garden, like near a wall by your house.

    Farmer Brown enjoys a Scilly sunset / A field of blooming narcissi Farmer Brown enjoys a Scilly sunset / A field of blooming narcissi

     

    Every time you order Scented Narcissi you will find our care instructions alongside your flowers inside your Blue Box:

    Narcissi Care Instructions are included with each bouquet Narcissi Care Instructions are included with each bouquet

     

    Here in the Scented Narcissi office we have also been running a few experiments on the flowers. We all know that the narcissi are good at ‘bouncing back’ but we wanted to see just how good they really are.

    We found some old, forlorn flowers that had become very soft and flimsy and otherwise would have been thrown away. We trimmed the stems, put them in water and left them over night. Here are our results:

    Before and After: What a difference a day makes! Before and After: What a difference a day makes!

     

    We also did the same to some extremely bendy ‘Erlicheer’. This variety has a tendency to have a softer stem than other narcissi, so at times can flop, but give them a drink and a chance, and look at how well they progress!

    The same flowers, just a few hours apart! The same flowers, just a day apart!

     

    We say this: If you are worried about how your narcissi look on arrival, follow our simple narcissi care tips, and pretty soon after you should have some amazing blooms and scent to enjoy for days to come.

    Spring is here: Daymark, Golden Dawn and Silver Chimes compliment your living room Spring is here: Daymark, Golden Dawn and Silver Chimes compliment your living room

     

    Now that you know the best way to care for our Scented Narcissi, take a look at our Classic Collection and order some today!

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  • Featured Farmer: Mr.Brown, Sunnyside Farm

    With all of our Isles of Scilly flower famers here on the islands, we thought you might like to get to know a little bit more about who is growing your flowers, so here is the first in our series of Featured Famers.....

     

    Introducing Mr.Brown of Sunnyside Farm:

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    How did you come to be on the Isles of Scilly? 

    My Great Grandfather was the first in our family to bring us to the islands in 1890. He went to Canada with 2p in his pocket and came back with 1p, so came to Scilly looking to increase his fortunes and find work!

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    How did you first get into farming?

    When my Great Grandfather first came here, he worked on Tresco esate for Mr. Dorrien- Smith. Later himself and his son (my grandfather) took on a farm on St. Mary's. My Father followed in their footsteps and, as the eldest son, when he passed away, I took over the farm from him.

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    Have you always just farmed Narcissi? 

    During the war, all of the farmers on the Isles of Scilly had to give 1/3 of their farms to growing vegetables such as broccoli and potatoes, much to the dislike of Mainland farmers who had to give up 1/2 of their land. We have also diversified into cattle for beef and dairy, chickens, pigs and all sorts at certain times!

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    What's your favourite farming memory?

    Christmas on the farm was always an exciting time. I used to go down to the farm with my 6 brothers and sisters and help Dad to tie flowers and make up boxes.

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    What's your favourite Scented Narcissi variety and why?

    Golden Dawn because of it's exquisite scent, but I also like Soleil D'ors for their long vase life, delicate scent, and they are my favourite variety to pick!

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    What's the funniest Scented Narcissi farming story you have for us?

    Years ago, we were picking flowers, and one of the pickers took their false teeth out at lunch to eat their sandwich. He put them on a hedge next to him, and a seagull picked them up and flew off with them!

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    What do you do when you're not out in the flower fields? 

    I am a keen racquet player, and love to play table tennis, squash, badminton and tennis.

    Mike

     

    We hope you enjoyed reading all about Mr. Brown from Sunnyside Farm- if you have any more questions for him, just write under this post and we will get you some answers!

    Remember to look out for who farmed your flowers on your bouquet's Farmer tag

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