The Central Daffodil Group opened the 2017 season with a small table show and group luncheon on Tuesday 8 August . After a warm and very wet autumn , we have had a very cold few weeks , with the weather just warming the last few days .The flowers responded and we were delighted with the response – twice the number of flowers and entries than 2016 , our first early show venture . We used the bar area and flat tables to give us a different version of tiered staging .
The Wedding Barn at Jennings Farm was again our venue and 9 exhibitors staging 122 flowers in 56 entries . As expected , tazettas , approaching peak season , were the highlight , with 49 stems on display .Judge Wayne Hughes enjoyed the challenge and commented the Kapiti – Horowhenua season was well ahead of his local area . Wayne selected 12 vases for the top table and the divisions covered reflected the early stage of the season .
The Champion Bloom , taken from a vase of three , was 2W – P TE RANGI PAI , a reliable early pink raised by Max Hamilton , grown and exhibited by NDS President , John Hollever .
The Reserve Champion was a very diminutive bulbicodium , BULBICODIUM CITRINUS , stage by Julie Harris .
Premier Vase , Div 1 , — RAETIHI , 1Y – Y , — John Hollever
Premier Vase Div 2 , 2Y – W seedling , – – John Hollever .
Premier Vase Div 6 , RAPTURE , – – John Hollever .
Premier Vase Tazettas , – AVALANCHE , – Julie Harris .Julie is the master of staging tazetta heads , getting them to sit beautifully and beating 14 other tazetta vases .
Premier Vase Miniatures , – 3 seedlings 8Y – O , – Wilfred Hall .
Premier Div 1 , 1Y – Y sdlg , – John Hollever .
Premier Div 2 , 2W – W sdlg , 27 / 97 , – — Reg & Rita Cull .
Premier Div 4 , JFM sdlg 10 – 6 , 4W – W , – John McLennan . This was easily the biggest flower in the show .
Premier NOE , Div 11 Split sdlg , – John Hollever .
Premier Historic , KING ALFRED , – Reg & Rita Cull .
Premier Pot , – INCA, 6Y – W , — Diane Irwin . Diane is mastering the art of pot growing and has over 100 slowly awakening .