Spring is just around the corner

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At this dark time of year, who doesn't raise a smile at the sight of the first daffodils. The humble yellow flower tells us that Spring is just around the corner and in some parts of the country it’s closer than you think.

Cornwall grows 75% of the Country’s daffodils and harvests 90% of worldwide production. The Brits are not the only population that loves the daffodil, it’s exported to countries across northern Europe and even the US, with demand in Europe peaking at Easter.

Cornwall’s mild, maritime climate means daffodils can actually be picked from late November through to May, with the main season being from January onwards. It’s labour intensive with over 3000 daffodil pickers out in the fields currently picking the flowers.  Daffodils can’t all be harvested at once, instead each field will have to be picked many times to ensure all the flowers are harvested at the right time. The stems are all picked by hand when in bud and then packed in specialist packing units before being distributed to major retailers across the UK and overseas.

Daffodil picker_50241There are over 13,000  varieties of daffodils, but around 100 are grown commercially for flowers in the UK. Cornwall is not the only County, but parts of Wales and Lincolnshire Scotland and Eire also grow the crop for the retail trade.

One of the biggest growers of daffodils is the Greenyard Group, who farm 2650 acres in the tip of Cornwall near Penzance. They grow and market over 500 million stems, with all their flowers picked by hand by an annual returning workforce from Eastern Europe. Chris May their general Manager explains how the business has changed to meet the growing demand for the cut flowers from a bulb based business to a flower business.  ‘Bulbs are planted and remain in the fields for 3 -5 years, providing an annual flower crop. The foliage is left to die back and decompose into the ground producing valuable organic matter, with the bulbs reshooting later in the year. At this time of year we have 800 daffodil pickers in the fields and 100 staff managing and packing the crop in a new purpose built facility designed to get the delicate flowers to the shops in peak condition.’

The daffodil flower market is worth £1.65 million with a retail product value of £71.5 million. It provides a valuable export product and brings a dash of bright colour during the winter months.

Last edited on: 19:01:2018

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  • Posted by: laura jonesPosted on: 21/01/2018 13:16:08

    Comment: i love daffodils they are so cheerful and the first sign that the spring weather is on its way
  • Posted by: Joanne YoungPosted on: 21/01/2018 13:38:25

    Comment: Roses and Lilies are gorgeous but I love Daffodils. My kids buy me £1.00 bunches of them and when they open they are so beautiful and yellow is a fabulous 'make you happy' colour!
  • Posted by: sandra fordPosted on: 21/01/2018 13:42:13

    Comment: The Foxglove
  • Posted by: Glyn DaviesPosted on: 21/01/2018 13:43:18

    Comment: The Daffodil
  • Posted by: Eileen MitchellPosted on: 21/01/2018 14:14:07

    Comment: Daffodils put thrills into dreary winter weather
  • Posted by: Susan ChaferPosted on: 21/01/2018 14:51:54

    Comment: Sweet Peas ar my favourites. I love their delicate petals and jewel colours.
  • Posted by: Helen GibersonPosted on: 21/01/2018 15:12:33

    Comment: Freesia
  • Posted by: Mrs Kathleen ReayPosted on: 21/01/2018 15:26:35

    Comment: Nice to see BRITISH cut flowers as a sign spring is on the way
  • Posted by: Janet BirkinPosted on: 21/01/2018 16:51:56

    Comment: I love daffodils, they always seem so cheery
  • Posted by: Janette ArnoldPosted on: 21/01/2018 17:43:24

    Comment: Roses
  • Posted by: Fiona KingPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:14:20

    Comment: Mine is the rose
  • Posted by: Emma GallagherPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:15:54

    Comment: Bluebells are my favourite British flower
  • Posted by: Helen GalsworthyPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:30:19

    Comment: rose
  • Posted by: Tracy NixonPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:33:07

    Comment: A blue bell
  • Posted by: Yvonne SuttonPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:35:11

    Comment: Rose
  • Posted by: Dorothy MerrettPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:36:09

    Comment: Daffodil
  • Posted by: PETER HUNTPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:44:52

    Comment: peony
  • Posted by: claireanne tomlinsonPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:45:36

    Comment: hyacinths
  • Posted by: Pamela HutchinsonPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:46:52

    Comment: Bluebell
  • Posted by: tracey ryder ryderPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:50:53

    Comment: love the english rose
  • Posted by: Lisa hutchingsPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:51:23

    Comment: Lily
  • Posted by: Andrew FordPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:51:27

    Comment: Iris
  • Posted by: David ReevesPosted on: 21/01/2018 19:53:21

    Comment: Snowdrop
  • Posted by: Aideen Redmond Posted on: 21/01/2018 20:06:16

    Comment: Bluebells
  • Posted by: n millwardPosted on: 21/01/2018 20:29:31

    Comment: Cowslip
  • Posted by: Karin BurfieldPosted on: 21/01/2018 20:40:43

    Comment: Bluebell
  • Posted by: Paul BellPosted on: 21/01/2018 20:41:22

    Comment: Rambling Rose
  • Posted by: Alana NashPosted on: 21/01/2018 20:45:18

    Comment: I love daffodils! They are so pretty and cheer me up after a cold, wet winter. They are a reminder of a upcoming spring and summer.
  • Posted by: Lyn BurgessPosted on: 21/01/2018 20:54:11

    Comment: I think woods filled with bluebells are so beautiful.
  • Posted by: Paula SmithPosted on: 21/01/2018 21:12:44

    Comment: I love the tulip
  • Posted by: Patricia NewportPosted on: 21/01/2018 21:54:51

    Comment: It has got to be an English rose. Nothing better,a flower that blooms all summer long and into the autumn.
  • Posted by: Angela WalkerPosted on: 21/01/2018 22:03:29

    Comment: Daffodil
  • Posted by: Helen SwalesPosted on: 21/01/2018 22:19:11

    Comment: Freesia
  • Posted by: Kathryn HillPosted on: 21/01/2018 22:42:12

    Comment: Gladioli
  • Posted by: ann goodyPosted on: 21/01/2018 22:45:17

    Comment: Freesias
  • Posted by: Amanda RichardsonPosted on: 21/01/2018 23:05:44

    Comment: A lovely English Rose is my favourite british flower
  • Posted by: Tom BainesPosted on: 22/01/2018 05:27:34

    Comment: love roses
  • Posted by: Andy WrightPosted on: 22/01/2018 07:45:17

    Comment: Bluebells, because they never fail to cheer you up and remind you that Spring is here
  • Posted by: Debi GillardPosted on: 22/01/2018 08:05:54

    Comment: Bluebells
  • Posted by: Amy HallidayPosted on: 22/01/2018 08:36:05

    Comment: a rose x
  • Posted by: Franca HodgsonPosted on: 22/01/2018 08:39:26

    Comment: My favourite British flowers are Hellebores.
  • Posted by: Amy SmithPosted on: 22/01/2018 08:49:20

    Comment: daffodils - a sign that spring has well and truely arrived and they are always such a welcome sight after a bleak winter!
  • Posted by: Elisabeth BaxterPosted on: 22/01/2018 09:00:18

    Comment: My favourite flower is the hellebore, which brightens up my garden in the darkest of winters
  • Posted by: Claire SteptonPosted on: 22/01/2018 09:44:43

    Comment: Lupin
  • Posted by: Emma KellowPosted on: 22/01/2018 09:46:21

    Comment: My favourite flower is the lily of the valley.
  • Posted by: Helen McloudPosted on: 22/01/2018 11:22:27

    Comment: daffodil
  • Posted by: Lauren burtonPosted on: 22/01/2018 11:52:35

    Comment: violets
  • Posted by: Ruth DawsonPosted on: 22/01/2018 13:20:18

    Comment: Daffodil
  • Posted by: Dale WilsonPosted on: 22/01/2018 13:39:13

    Comment: Rose
  • Posted by: Sandra Le GrosPosted on: 22/01/2018 13:39:23

    Comment: Roses - so many lovely English varieties too.
  • Posted by: Angela PerryPosted on: 22/01/2018 13:44:34

    Comment: Tulips, so colourful
  • Posted by: Joanne JonesPosted on: 22/01/2018 14:23:32

    Comment: My favourite flower is the daffodil because it is then really spring
  • Posted by: andrewPosted on: 22/01/2018 19:31:29

    Comment: primrose- the most amazing flower in the UK and the epitome of spring
  • Posted by: Kate Dalgleish Posted on: 22/01/2018 20:15:50

    Comment: Tulips
  • Posted by: Caroline SmithPosted on: 22/01/2018 20:52:20

    Comment: Daffodils definately
  • Posted by: kath RobinsonPosted on: 23/01/2018 20:18:42

    Comment: Primrose
  • Posted by: Helen GalePosted on: 24/01/2018 00:23:27

    Comment: Sweet peas
  • Posted by: karen teulonPosted on: 24/01/2018 00:25:32

    Comment: The Rose
  • Posted by: Tracy JonesPosted on: 24/01/2018 13:20:02

    Comment: Love a native bluebell in woodland setting
  • Posted by: Natalie robinsonPosted on: 24/01/2018 19:19:49

    Comment: Carnations
  • Posted by: Rachel LockwoodPosted on: 24/01/2018 22:17:49

    Comment: A carpet of native yellow primroses
  • Posted by: Alison TabornPosted on: 25/01/2018 10:42:12

    Comment: Daaffodil of course
  • Posted by: Deborah MunnPosted on: 27/01/2018 12:41:39

    Comment: Bluebell
  • Posted by: Victoria PolsonPosted on: 27/01/2018 19:11:27

    Comment: Sweet peas. I love that the come in so many different colours. They are just so pretty to look at.
  • Posted by: SjdPosted on: 27/01/2018 20:50:02

    Comment: My all time favourite flower is the Digitalis purpurea, otherwise known as the common foxglove. I wish I could say it was something less well known but for me there's nothing more cheering than the sight of happy bees darting in and out these beautiful hedgerow flowers whilst meandering the country lanes on a warm summer's day.
  • Posted by: beth fPosted on: 27/01/2018 21:05:30

    Comment: daffodil
  • Posted by: Emma GillinghamPosted on: 28/01/2018 00:00:03

    Comment: Rose.
  • Posted by: katrina walshPosted on: 28/01/2018 23:47:39

    Comment: daffodil
  • Posted by: Frances HeatonPosted on: 29/01/2018 05:14:31

    Comment: Freesia
  • Posted by: ruth robertsPosted on: 29/01/2018 14:08:18

    Comment: Daffodil
  • Posted by: And MonkPosted on: 30/01/2018 00:02:30

    Comment: Paperwhite Narcissus
  • Posted by: Janice KirkcaldyPosted on: 30/01/2018 13:04:52

    Comment: Ironically my favourite is the Daffodil and have just come home with an armful of these to distribute around the house. Love them
  • Posted by: Georgie AroninPosted on: 30/01/2018 15:32:42

    Comment: Foxglove
  • Posted by: Jennifer StokesPosted on: 30/01/2018 16:57:41

    Comment: Daffodils
  • Posted by: Jackie TalbotPosted on: 30/01/2018 20:24:32

    Comment: Sweet peas
  • Posted by: Jackie LathamPosted on: 30/01/2018 22:00:51

    Comment: Loving my snowdrops at the moment - first sign that my garden is coming to life again.
  • Posted by: Marina FrowPosted on: 30/01/2018 22:54:47

    Comment: PEONY
  • Posted by: Ruth PhilpottPosted on: 31/01/2018 09:48:52

    Comment: My favourite flower is the snowdrop. it is the first to flower in my garden and always suprises me as it just seems to appear, despite the weather. I saw some yesterday and it's hailing just now but I know they will be there when I venture out!
  • Posted by: andyPosted on: 31/01/2018 10:17:00

    Comment: Foxglove, they just look beautiful in bloom
  • Posted by: Monika BascombePosted on: 31/01/2018 12:15:50

    Comment: Iris
  • Posted by: Denise SOOSPosted on: 31/01/2018 12:39:57

    Comment: Lavender
  • Posted by: Alison LathamPosted on: 31/01/2018 15:57:49

    Comment: The snowdrop - I love to see their pure, white heads poking through the hard, winter soil!
  • Posted by: Jo WilkinsonPosted on: 31/01/2018 17:50:31

    Comment: Nothing beats a field of wild bluebells however you can't cut them and take them home, so my favourite has to be a daffodil and are so cheery, bright and sunny and they also symbolise that we are ending winter and spring will eventually come.
  • Posted by: DEBBIE CROCKETTPosted on: 31/01/2018 21:09:11

    Comment: Tulips. The colours and variations look stunning in a vase. It makes me feel happy!
  • Posted by: Sally MartinPosted on: 10/02/2018 00:19:30

    Comment: Wonderful, love daffodils and so pleased that they are 'home grown'.

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