Chelsea champions again

Sophie Allport, who won a four star award for her stand at Chelsea Flower Show EMN-150519-103834001
Sophie Allport, who won a four star award for her stand at Chelsea Flower Show EMN-150519-103834001
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There was delight for two 
local companies at the annual Chelsea Flower Show this week.

Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach struck gold for an amazing 22nd consecutuive year with its display of daffodils and homewares designer Sophie Allport of Langtoft won a four star award for her stand.

Visitors to Chelsea Flower Show look at the specialist daffodil collection of Taylors Bulbs ANL-150519-124059001

Visitors to Chelsea Flower Show look at the specialist daffodil collection of Taylors Bulbs ANL-150519-124059001

Johnny Walkers of Taylors put together a display of daffodils later than nature would normally allow.

The display of 86 varieties and 2,500 flowers covers 12 weeks of flowering and is the result of 15,000 flowers grown in controlled conditions every year especially for the show.

Varieties varied from February Gold which, as the name suggests, normally flowers in the garden in February, through to Pheasant’s Eye, the genuine old fashioned favourite that flowers in early May.

Sallyanne Foreman, of Taylors, said: “The bulbs are planted after Christmas and kept temperature-controlled until they go into the greenhouse four weeks before Chelsea.

“This year, with high temperatures in the first week, buds were starting to develop far too early without the stems having chance to reach any length. Thankfully the temperature dropped just in time, giving the bulbs a chance to develop their stems before bursting into flower.”

The flowers are cropped fully open and kept in cold store for up to 10 days before the show.

Mr Walkers added: “The weeks running up to the show are exhausting and stressful but we all support each other.

“Visitors are always amazed when we explain the difference between the varieties. Daffodils from February to May in one day!”

Homewares designer Sophie Allport said she was “over the moon” to have he award.

“We’ve been working hard over the past months designing the stand and started building it last week. We’re thrilled to be given such an amazing award.”

Sophie is showcasing her new gardening collection of homewares plus new accessories.

“I love the Chelsea Flower Show,” said Sophie, whose business is based at King Street Industrial Estate.

“It’s one of the highlights of my year. It’s such an honour to be at this very special British event.”