Bulbs harvested last July are now in the glasshouse and will grow rapidly from a few inches tall to medal winning blooms in a matter of days.
Taylors this month won its 31st consecutive premier gold at the Harrogate Spring Show. Johnny Walkers, his wife Rosemary and Sallyanne Foreman, otherwise the customer services manager at Taylors Bulbs, together crop 5,000 stems.
He said: "This year tested our resilience, especially the occasion when we were peppered with
hail just about as far from the car as we could be. But we were delighted with the results and had a particularly high number of fragrant varieties at the show this year. They caused a lot of interest from visitors."
The Chelsea display of approximately 90 varieties and 2,500 flowers is the result of 15,000 flowers grown in controlled conditions every year especially for the show. Varieties from
February Gold through to Pheasant’s Eye can be on display.
Foreman said: "The bulbs are selected after harvest in August, held in the warm before planting after Christmas. Kept temperature controlled in the cold store, they are brought into the greenhouse four weeks before Chelsea. In the first week we see leaf growth and the flowers beginning to form. The initial stages are crucial for bud development and stem length but mother nature always throws something different at us each year. It never fails to
keeps us on our toes."