FLOWERS AND SCENT ON SCILLY
PUBLISHED: 09:38 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:32 30 August 2017
The clocks have gone back, evenings are drawing in and Scilly’s scented narcissi are out.
Gardens might be abandoned in favour of closed curtains and a fire but flowers still have a big part to play in cheering us up. That’s why this time of year is so busy at Churchtown Farm on the tiny island of St Martin’s in the Scilly Isles.
Blessed with a milder climate than the rest of the UK, St Martin’s is the perfect place to grow well known varieties of narcissi - like Soleil d’Or, Paper White and Golden Dawn – alongside more unusual ones that have been developed on the Isles of Scilly. To make the grade, new varieties have to be high yielding and produce better quality flowers than any alternatives. They also have to have a natural flowering season that coincides with the picking season from late October onwards.
“This year’s crop is smelling lovely and looking amazing,” said Scilly Flowers co-owner Zoe Julian. “I love the fact that they leave us to brighten up people’s homes, often in the dead of winter. Being able to grow a product that is regularly given as a gift to someone as a gesture of thoughtful kindness, love or compassion is lovely. And to do that from a place as stunningly beautiful as St Martin’s is an added bonus.”
TV viewers can see Churchtown Farm for themselves if they tune into Episode 3 of Channel 4’s Little British Isles with Alison Steadman’ at 8pm on Wednesday 2 November. Alison and the film crew spent a sunny day on St Martin’s during the summer and joined Zoe in the fields picking their summer crop of pinks.
Boxes of scented narcissi are available from Scilly Flowers for postage anywhere in the UK from £16. To order, visit