Focus on the Land
Celebrating our best blooms
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Alice Te Puni
A GISBORNE competition to find this year’s best new daffodil and camellia blooms celebrated the arrival of spring on Saturday.
The Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Camellia and Daffodil Show is an annual event for garden enthusiasts, with the very best blooms nurtured and presented for judging.
Gillian Coates won the 2012 champion daffodil bloom with her gorgeous Silver Chimes entry.
The successful grower scooped the most points in all daffodil classes to become the competition’s inaugural recipient of the new Kevin Johnston Memorial Trophy.
Pat Flockhart won the 2012 best overall champion camellia bloom with her enchanting Mansize entry.
Camellia Society president Kerry Smith said camellia numbers were down “a little”, and that petal blight and wet weather did not help entries.
“Petal blight has affected our blooms. It seems to be in the air. There isn’t much you can do about it,” she said.
“Despite this, we carry on because it is all about enjoying our flowers.”
Poverty Bay Horticultural Society secretary Anne Pole said it was another good show. Daffodil entries were up slightly.
A new trophy was presented by the Johnston Family in memory of the late Kevin “Rock” Johnston, she said.
Mr Johnston was an award-winning and highly regarded daffodil grower on both sides of the Tasman.
Interesting entries in the floral art section included the display of Humphrey aka Big Bird and his smaller mate, created entirely by natural products, while church floral arrangements were an added attraction, said Mrs Pole.
Daffodil judges were Shirley Tollison from Wairoa and Eveyln Watson from Gisborne, camellia judge Lois Ranson from Whakatane and floral art judge Dot McCulloch.
CREATIVE PIECE: Daffodil judge Dot McCulloch with Jane Weatherell’s floral art piece that won first place in the trends and techniques category.
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