Sunday, 25 March 2012

Spring Flowers

The mild climate, long hours of sunshine and rich fertile soil make Jersey the perfect place to grow flowers.  The daffodils flower much earlier than in England so traditionally the Jersey daffodils arrived in the florists the first, originally they and
anemones were grown as another just another crop by farmers. The anemones seem to have been particularly prolific this year where I live, (a long way north of the island)  perhaps our winter was as benign as Jerseys this year. Cultivated anemones have been grown in Jersey for many years, being amongst the Island's first recorded export flower. 
The next are amongst my favourite flowers, the freesia, hybridisation has produced a wide range of colours, many especially the yellow, being heavily fragrant. They can grow out of doors, blooming in the spring from corms planted in August or September but even in Jersey are mostly cultivated under glass, from seed.
Lastly comes a bunch of carnations and gladioli, the former much beloved for decorative purposes by florists and flower arrangers. In Jersey outdoor cultivation of gladioli produces fields of bloom in early summer and earlier flowing occurs under glass.

Jersey lives up to its name of the "Floral Isle" but I always look forward to the waxy Jersey Royal potatoes arriving later in the year. The other main agricultural products are cauliflowers and tomatoes and of course dairy products from those Jersey cows but flowers are the most important export crop mainly shipped to the UK.  No wonder they have lots of flower shows in Jersey, the first of the year is the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society Spring Flower show next weekend.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's  Sunday Stamps


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

That's a very pretty series, not one I've seen before. I'm particularly fond of anemones but I've never been able to grow my own.

viridian said...

Pretty flowers and lovely arrangments too. thank you for joining in.

Postcardy said...

I didn't know anything about Jersey, so I found the information about Jersey very interesting. I think it is probably too cold here for some of those flowers.

Alhana said...

Pretty series of flowers! My favourites are daffodils, which we call narcissus here.

Bob Scotney said...

This is a particularly pretty set showing the variety that occur on Jersey.

lostforwords101 said...

Love your bunches a bunch! :)

Little Nell said...

These stamps are equisite. I love Jersey but I love freesias more; their perfume is beautiful. Freesias were a major component of my wedding bouquet :)

VioletSky said...

Freesias are my favourite of the scented flowers!
I guess it is a bit late to arrange a trip over to this Spring Flower show next weekend ;(

Sreisaat said...

Those are pretty stamps!
My husband visited Guernsey before and hopes to go to Jersey in the near future. I hope I could go with him. Your post today has piqued my interest :)
Have a lovely week ahead.

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