The narcissus is spring
Every spring the bulb fields turn a cheerful yellow, white and orange. Narcissi as far as the eye can see. You never get tired of it: even the bulb grower who has been growing narcissi for over thirty years agrees. “As far as I’m concerned, that’s when spring has arrived.” To grow narcissi as a cut flower, the bulbs are brought indoors. The cultivation in greenhouses – forcing – means that narcissi are ready when we ‘feel like spring’.
“When the first green shoots emerge from the soil in the spring, it’s always a great moment,” says Cees Immerzeel. “But so are the growth period and the moment when the bulbs have been lifted and are back in the shed. The cycle is the same every year, but never becomes dull.”
Into the fields!
Narcissus grower Cees Immerzeel learned the trade from his father. “As a small boy I went straight from school into the fields. There was always something that needed doing.”