Waikato daffodils come up roses again

01:43, Jan 31 2009
DAFFODIL DELIGHT: Five-year-old Teagan Gunn admires the thousands of daffodils on display at the Australasian daffodil show on Saturday.

The Waikato again dominated the Australasian Open Daffodil Championships this year, winning first and second place.

The winning title went to Koanga daffodils - growers Peter and Lesley Ramsay and Max and Kath Hamilton have won the title for each of the past five years.

Second place went to Te Awamutu growers Graeme and Faith Miller.

Koanga daffodils are grown in Gordonton and Matangi, and also won best flower and the open seedling championship at the show.

Mr Ramsay said Koanga was "very fortunate" to win again.

He said Koanga had a good set of flowers to show but never expected to win the premier title again.

He said the Waikato did extremely well and proved our flowers were of a very high standard. The flowers are judged on symmetrical form, size, colour, condition, texture and poise. Organiser Bronwyn Phillips said thousands of varieties and individual daffodils from around New Zealand and Australia were exhibited at the weekend's show at the Hamilton Gardens.

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