Judges seek perfection in daffodils

500 flowers close to perfection

TRACY MILES
Last updated 05:00 23/09/2013
Timaru Horticultural Society president Maureen Ng, left, with secretary Jenni Young

Perky daffs: Timaru Horticultural Society president Maureen Ng, left, with secretary Jenni Young at the 144th annual spring show.

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Picking the supreme daffodil from 500 beautiful blooms all chosen because of their closeness to perfection can't be an easy task.

However, this was the job for the judges at the Timaru Horticultural Society's 144th annual spring show.

Secretary Jenni Young said the judges were able to pick the top flowers without pause in the novice section, but in the Open, the decision-making took that much longer.

In the end they chose a classy single-toned daffodil in a delicate creamy-white, which was entered by Pleasant Valley Daffodils of Geraldine.

The daffodil, named Frosty Lady was bred by Colin Crotty.

Pleasant Valley also took out the supreme ribbon for the best vase for a pretty little specimen named Chipper.

Mrs Young said Pleasant Valley comprised 100 of the 500 entries.

Competition in the show is serious.

People need a large selection of daffodils to choose from, in order to find a set of six, or 12 perfectly proportioned blooms.

They start picking them three weeks out, keeping the earlier choices in the fridge.

The South Canterbury Orchid, Begonia and Fern Society also displayed their prize specimens at Caroline Bay at the weekend.

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