Alan Brown admires his prize-winning daffodil at the Spring
Flower Show at Forbury Park, Dunedin yesterday. Photo by
Spring winds meant it was a real forage for Milburn
grower Alan Brown to find his prize-winning daffodil.
Mr Brown was awarded champion daffodil for a New Zealand-bred
pink daffodil called Pacific Dream at the Dunedin
Horticultural Society's Spring Flower Show at Forbury Park.
He was one of 15 daffodil competitors who displayed 363
It had been a very challenging season due to the warmer
winter and spring winds.
''I grow on a windswept hillside and have to forage and hunt
for show flowers,'' Mr Brown said.
The wind meant many of the flowers had been destroyed before
opening, he said.
After being introduced to daffodil-growing by an uncle, he
kept acquiring different bulbs.
''I started from humble beginnings of about 20 to 30 now I've
got 1800 to 2000 varieties.''
They grew in 16m-long rows across ''three-quarters of an
acre'' and he now had about 52,000 ''on my books''.
Society publicity officer Bert Hill said entries in the
daffodil section were up on previous years, possibly due to
the cooler weather in the past two weeks being just what
late-flowering daffodils needed.
The daffodils were judged on their shape, colour and
appearance, he said.