A much-coveted Scilly speciality, cut flowers and bulbs of narcissi are a gift that keeps on giving. Definitely not daffodils, narcissi have up to fifteen flowers on each stem and are uniquely scented. With Royal Connection, Scilly Valentine, Scilly White, Soleil D’or, Cheerfulness and many others to choose from there is a scent for every occasion. Nine family-owned flower farms make the most of St Mary’s ideal climate to grow these delights in small hedge-lined fields for the global export of hand-picked flowers. Visit the narcissi exhibition at Scented Narcissi near the airport or buy bulbs around the island. Seaways Farm Shop is a favourite, particularly when combined with a visit to adjoining Juliet’s Garden Restaurant with its good food and drink and stunning views over St Mary’s harbour.
The Historic Narcissus Collection, preserving the traditional varieties grown on the islands, can be found in part of Carreg Dhu Community Garden, a sub-tropical garden in an old quarry near Longstone Terrace in the centre of St Mary’s. Started in 1986 this volunteer-tended oasis brims with colourful plants.. Easily reached from Hugh Town, with free entrance and plenty of quiet corners to explore.
Visiting St Mary’s
Check out our island page for St Mary’s for more information
You might also be interested in:
- Walk the coastal path around the whole island – see our Islandeering route
- Watch a gig race
- Walk The Garrison
- Visit islets off St Mary’s
- Wild swimming on St Mary’s
- Scilly Swim Challenge & inter-island swims
- Coasteering on St Mary’s
- Visiting ancient and historic sites
- Sea kayaking
- Spotting whales and dolphins
The other Scilly Isles are also excellent destinations and all within easy reach of St Mary’s using the characterful inter-island boats.
Other islands of the British Isles
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