With Spring in the air, I just couldn’t resist posting these beautiful pictures of scented narcissi grown on the Isles of Scilly by Scilly Flowers (who are listed in our directory here). Located 28 miles off the western tip of Cornwall, the islands enjoy a particularly mild climate, which means that a variety of fragrant blooms can be grown all year round.
On the remote island of St Martin’s, Ben and Zoe Julian’s family business Scilly Flowers has been growing and sending flowers by post for over 18 years. The flowers are picked early in the morning while they are still in bud, before being carefully wrapped and packed into gift boxes. Next they are taken by mail boat to the larger island of St Mary’s from where they take a short helicopter trip to Penzance. Then it’s over to Royal Mail whose job it is to ensure the flowers arrive at their destination the very next day.
How to arrange spring flowers
We say keep it simple and group together in generous bunches. Either keep to one colour, or mix and clash – that’ the fun! We love mixing yellow and white scented narcissi in vintage creamware jugs. The trick is to go for various heights and group as you go. If you have any pussy willow or blossom twigs, this can mix in well. If you have a lovely old board to group them on, so much the better.
Not only are they super fresh, but compared to imported flowers they’re great value too. Prices start at just £9.50 for a posy of 16 blooms, while a stunning gift box of 100 stems costs just £26.50, including first class postage. To order online, visit www.ScillyFlowers.co.uk.