Walkers @ Taylors Bulbs were delighted to be awarded their 25th consecutive RHS Chelsea Gold Medal on Tuesday 22nd May 2018.
With over 150 varieties of daffodils grown to select the final cut it had been a busy couple of months of preparation to even get to the gates, with The Lincolnshire based daffodil man with the Midas touch putting together a display of daffodils later than nature would normally allow. Once on site it was then all hands to the pump as the daffodils were arranged in 70+ bowls of which 69 made the final display. It turned out all the preparation was worth it as the specialist daffodil collection of Taylors Bulbs worked their way through yet another nerve racking and tense build-up to strike gold for the 25th time.
This year’s display has been one of the most challenging. Soon after the bulbs went into the glasshouse, temperatures of up to 35°C over the May Day Bank Holiday meant that the flowers developed very quickly with weak stems, upward facing flowers and, in some cases, flowers that were not as colourful as nature intended. The normally reliable double-flowering variety Tahiti flowered white and red instead of yellow red due to the stress of the high temperatures. Needless to say this variety is sadly unable to be included in this year’s display.