Daffodil show a first for Geraldine

BY RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 28/09/2009

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It was a case of daffodils in every shape and colour, as flower breeders took part in the New Zealand National Daffodil Show at Geraldine.

About 70 breeders, mostly husband and wife combinations, displayed 1400 blooms at the weekend show.

It was the first time the South Canterbury Daffodil Circle had held the show in Geraldine, said group secretary-treasurer Judy Phimister.

Unseasonably warm conditions meant the daffodil season was 10 to 14 days ahead of usual, which did not help the show competitors.

Mrs Phimister said some of the blooms had been in the fridge for a week to keep them in top condition for the show. Despite that, the quality of the blooms was still high.

The title of Champion bloom went to Wayne Hughes of Wanganui, who bred and raised Crystal Gem, a large white cup daffodil with white petals.

It was also a successful show for several members of the local group who had blooms selected for the premier table.

Show organisers distributed flowers to rest homes for their residents to enjoy.

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- The Timaru Herald

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