Cambridge daffodil champion of show

The award-winning ‘Cosmic Ice’ daffodil.

A single-stem, white, geometric daffodil known as “Cosmic Ice”, grown by Ian Fisher and Rob Hill of Fisher Nurseries in Cambridge, won the top award at the North Island National Daffodil Show in Gisborne over the weekend.

The Fisher Nurseries team entered the first stage of the competition with 350 blooms.

1200 blooms in total were entered into the national event, including trumpets, large cups, small cups and doubles.

Although many entries appeared to share the same geometric perfection as the Cosmic Ice, judges examined the flowers closely for imperfections, and chose the “cosmic” daffodil as the winner of the “Champion Bloom” award.

“Raised in Nelson by John Hunter it was a lovely flower which we were very proud to have grown,” the Cambridge team said.

Entries into the competition this year pushed the boundaries of “daffodil-ness”, with bizarre features such as the split-corona, the multi-flowering reverse daffodil, and the cyclamineus with its blown-back petals. But it was the single stem, white, geometric bloom grown by the Cambridge team that took the top award of the day.

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