Battle of the bloom
Rex and Barbara Bright are prepared for a blooming good contest.
Mr and Mrs Bright are among about 40 exhibitors who will be vying for one of three champion bloom titles at the Marlborough Horticultural Society Spring Show over the next two days.
Mr Bright said Nelson daffodil grower John Hunter would judge the blooms today, before they went on public display at St Christopher's Hall in Redwoodtown tomorrow from 9am.
There are three main categories: daffodils, camellias and cut flowers.
In his more than 25 years of growing daffodils, Mr Bright has taken the champion daffodil bloom a few times, but tends to find those he helps usually do better than him.
Mr Bright said Mr Hunter would be looking at the daffodil form; flat petals; how symmetrical it was; whether there were any imperfections such as burn or bug bites; and how fresh the flower was.
Mr Bright's wife, Barbara, was in charge of picking the daffodils while he did most of the gardening in the lead-up to the show.
They hope to be placed in this year's show.
But they are not holding out hope for the champion daffodil bloom title.
The Marlborough Express