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Daffodil Cultivation in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - Leslie Major

Daffodil Cultivation in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly - Leslie Major

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Manuscript on the history of daffodil cultivation in Cornwall (notably the southwest and Tamar Valley) and the Isles of Scilly from its beginnings until about 1970.
Manuscript on the history of daffodil cultivation in Cornwall (notably the southwest and Tamar Valley) and the Isles of Scilly from its beginnings until about 1970.

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Daffodil Cultivationin Cornwall and theIsles of ScillyLeslie Major 
 
 
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ContentsForeword ................................................................................................... 3Leslie Major - Biographical Notes ......................................................... 4Contents (as they appeared in the manuscript) ................................ 14Introduction ............................................................................................ 15Tribute ..................................................................................................... 24Daffodils at Trelawne (poem) ............................................................... 261. Genesis of the Industry ................................................................... 282. Raising the Standard ......................................................................... 653. The Isles of Scilly ............................................................................... 884. The Tamar Valley ............................................................................. 1375. South-West Cornwall ...................................................................... 1706. Marketing .......................................................................................... 1847. Commercial Growing Through the Years ..................................... 2068. Pests and Diseases ......................................................................... 2369. Daffodil Classification (and the Registration of Names) ............ 264Glossary ................................................................................................ 282Appendix A
 
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Foreword
It was known that Leslie Major had done quite a bit of writing in his last years beforehis death in 1971, but not their content, nor what had become of them. As it turned out, a manuscript he worked on - and largely finished - at this time hadbeen deposited with the library of the Rosewarne Experimental Horticultural Stationat Camborne, Cornwall (possibly even by Leslie himself, as he mentions the stationin the manuscript). When, after 38 years of operations, Rosewarne closed in the mid
1990’s
, the manuscript was given to Andrew Tompsett, a horiculturalist and bulbspecialist who had been working there.Fortunately, Andrew went on to write his own well-researched and illustrated, 
 publishedby Alison Hodge in 2006 (ISBN-10: 090672046X and ISBN-13: 978-0906720462).He drew on some of the
material in Leslie’s manuscript and
kindly acknowledged
Leslie’s work in his introduction:
 
“It was the intention of the late Leslie Major to write a book such as this. He
was a daffodil enthusiast, residing near Launceston, on the borders of Devonand Cornwall, with a great interest in the West Country crop. I have drawn onsome of his notes, and in particular his recollections of the events around themiddle of the twentieth century and production in the Tamar Valley, an areawhich
he particularly loved.”
 
Thanks to this acknowledgement, Leslie’s manuscript came to light again. Andrew
kindly loaned it so it could be scanned and made available in this online version. Hisintention is for the manuscript to be presented to the Cornwall Garden Society.Some biographical notes on Leslie Major, along with a few photographs, are addedin an appendix to this online version.The photograph of daffodils on the cover page is a free stock photo fromwww.publicdomainpictures.net BEM28/3/2013

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