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Golden Harvest: The Story of Daffodil Growing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

By: A Tompsett

144 pages, 150 photos

Alison Hodge

Paperback | Dec 2006 | #158276 | ISBN: 090672046X
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Presents the history of daffodil growing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

'This is a wonderfully illustrated account ... ' ... The book is well endowed with clear photographs ... It will be a real eye opener to many as to the various skills involved in producing a bunch of daffodils or a bag of bulbs to plant. ' ... suitable for the serious student of horticulture as well as being of interest to the amateur.' (Cornwall Gardens Trust, Newsletter, Summer 2006) 'This well-written and informative book deals admirably with the story of the historic and continuing importance of Cornwall's international status in daffodil development and production... 'Attractive and reasonably priced, Golden Harvest is a welcome addition to the existing list of books on daffodils. ... It combines ease of reading with much factual information.' (The Garden, June 2006) 'Golden Harvest is a welcome book. It narrates an excellent account of commercial daffodil growing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. ... '... written by an author totally in command of the subject through first-hand experience, personal contribution, and knowledge ... with descriptive colour photographs of a very high order indeed. It's an attractive publication that will interest all horticulturists' (Institue of Horticulture, The Horticulturist, Summer 2006)'... it tells us more than only the history of the cultivation of daffodils in this part of Great Britain. A lot of attention is given to relevant growers' (Bloembollen Visie, 17.08.06)'A readable history of an old industry still thriving amidst 21st century challenges, a most accessible analysis of the diseases and pests that have threatened the daffodil, and helpful lists for those who major in historic daffodils ... offers something for every daffodil-minded reader.' (American Daffodil Society, The Daffodil Journal, vol. 43, issue 2, December 2006)'It is written in a clear and concise style and the presentation on each page is pleasing. The many and excellent photographs enlighten the text' (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 8, Spring 2007)'... deals admirably with the story of Cornwall's international status in daffodil development and production. ...'Attractive and reasonably priced, Golden Harvest is a welcome addition to the existing list of books on daffodils, providing a detailed, visual account of the West Country's daffodil industry. It combines ease of reading with much factual information, and should find a welcome home on many a flower-enthusiast's book shelf.' (The Cornish Garden, no. 50, 2007)


Contents

Foreword, by Bertie Ross 1 The Romance of Daffodils 2 The Daffodil Industry Today 3 Famous Names of Daffodils, Raisers and Growers 4 Trials and Tribulations 5 Research that Underpins the Industry 6 Scilly, Tamar and Lincolnshire 7 What of the Future? Daffodil Questions and Answers Some Dos and Don'ts of Daffodil Growing Appendices 1 Some of the principal present-day commercial varieties grown in Cornwall 2 Some of the principal present-day narcissi grown on the Isles of Scilly 3 Some of the principal commercial daffodil varieties grown in Cornwall in the second half of the twentieth century 4 Some of the principal varieties of daffodils grown commercially in Cornwall in the first half of the twentieth century 5 A selection of dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties of daffodils for small gardens or container growing 6 A selection of medium to tall varieties of daffodils for the garden 7 Daffodil classification over the years Glossary of Terms Used in Daffodil Growing Bibliography and Further Reading Index Acknowledgements

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Biography

Andrew Tompsett is a horticulturist and bulb specialist. He has been a horticultural adviser in the Ministry of Agriculture's National Agricultural Advisory Service, and was Deputy Director of the Rosewarne Experimental Horticulture Station at Camborne with responsibility for bulb research and development.

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