Scilly Flowers prepare for their busiest day of the year
PUBLISHED: 08:46 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:46 19 March 2014
As Mothering Sunday quickly approaches, Scilly Flowers, based on the small island of St. Martin's on the Isles of Scilly, is preparing for one of their busiest times of the year
The small, family-run flower farm has been delivering their scented narcissi and other floral treats by post all over the UK for more than 20 years and are now used to an operation that requires military precision to manage the rush.
“We move the packing team to St Mary’s to be closer to the quay and airport where the flowers are transported to the mainland from,” said Zoe Julian, who runs Scilly Flowers with her husband Ben. “The mammoth task of making 7,000 boxes then starts on 20 March, with the biggest pack day falling on the 27 March. Although Christmas is an equally busy time for us, this happens over a much smaller period of time, so we need to plan down to the last detail!”
Once the team have safely handed their boxes of scented narcissi and spring bouquets over to Isles of Scilly Travel and Royal Mail, they are able to head back to St. Martin’s, where they have their own very special tradition for Mothering Sunday.
“After church on the Sunday, the island’s children deliver posies of flowers made at school to all the women on the island,” Zoe explains. “It’s a wonderful tradition that goes back a long way, and one of the things we love most about living here on Scilly!”
For more information on Scilly Flowers, or to order a Mother’s Day treat, visit www.scillyflowers.co.uk