The Daffodils and Narcissi of Minack
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When we think of ‘crofters’ many will think of those in Scotland and Ireland but Cornwall is also a land with a heritage of crofting. Part of Minack is ‘crofting’ land - an extract from Derek’s book  ‘ A Cornish Summer’ gives us  an insight to that life. .”. .all   we   wanted   was   to   live   the   same   kind   of   life   as   the   crofters   who   once   lived   at   Minack.........We   had   a   to   earn   a   living   out   of   the wilderness   of   land.....we   had   to   reclaim   meadows   which   for   years   had   been   neglected.....we   grew   massive   amounts   of   potatoes...before   we were   convinced   they   were   uneconomical....also   violets,   wallflowerrs,   calendulas,   forget-me-nots,   stocks   and   ....freesias.........We   have reached   the   stage   now   where   we   only   grow   tomatoes   and   daffodils.....   The   aim   .....is   to   spread   the   harvest   over   several   weeks,   and   ..stocks his flower farm with bulb varieties that follow each other in sequence.” Daffodil flowers belong to the Amaryllidaceae family and the genus Narcissus. Daffodil is a common name for a narcissus. There are 50 species in its family, and around 13,000 hybrid varieties. Have a look at http://daffodil.org.uk which gives quite a bit of information. Just some of the flowers that Derek and Jeannie grew,  some varieties are no longer fashionable. There is, though, a growing trend to bring them back as they are such hardy plants. Many of these flowers still grow at Minack and Oliver Land today. In 2011 there were two daffodils registered with The Royal Horticultural Society, named after and called  Derek Tangye and Jeannie Tangye, registered by Ron Scamp, who is also the originator. He is an award winning horticulturist. He has his own website, www.qualitydaffodils.com from where you can buy the bulbs.

The Minack Chronicles

Derek and Jeannie Tangye