Isles of Scilly AA Moores (poster for the Empire Marketing Board's 'Home Bulbs for Home Gardens' campaign in the 1920s, now in Manchester City Art Gallery)
It may seem a tad early, but in fact it's already narcissi season on the Isles of Scilly. This company sends out beautifully packaged bunches of incredibly pretty yellow and white narcissi in what, for the rest of the UK, are the depths of winter. I've used them several times and seen the flowers that arrive, so know that they are lovely. It's part of the now much-reduced but very traditional seasonal flower business that has been sending flowers from the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall to London ever since the arrival of the railway. There were once flower trains which brought the freshly picked blooms to the city's markets; I like to imagine passengers could sit in compartments surrounded by sweet-smelling spring flowers, but in fact the blooms were - and still are - very skillfully packed in long, elegant boxes.
Daffodils Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
Parts of Cornwall were also famous for a range of flowers including violets and anemones, and Harold Harvey (good video in link) often painted them in all their profusion and glorious colours. A little while ago there was a fascinating programme on Radio 4 about the history of bulb and flower-growing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, a business which just about survives despite tough competition from bigger flower-producing countries that sell much more cheaply. It's well worth listening to (it made me want to buy a bunch of violets like the characters in Thackeray's novels) and it can still be heard here.