Giant daffodils catch rays

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Mandy and Gary Casey built 20 giant daffodils on the West Street green.

The daffodils on the West Street green were standing out more than usual on Saturday when 20 giant yellow blooms were planted by the Ashburton Cancer Society’s Mandy Casey and her husband Gary.

The metre-tall blooms are to raise awareness of the society’s Daffodil Day fundraisers next week. Bunches of fresh daffodils will be delivered to businesses on Monday; these are usually delivered by members of the Ashburton Vintage Car Club but covid restrictions have stopped that this year.

The same restrictions mean the ANZ bank has moved its annual quiz on Thursday to an online format, and organisers are encouraging teams to eat out that night to support local restaurants and take part in the quiz by wifi.

Mandy said schools and other groups had community fundraisers planned and the society was grateful for their support. It is the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day.

The giant daffodils on West Street are made of donated goods: Placemakers provided yellow and green paint and wooden stakes, Mitre 10 and Property Brokers gave the special waterproof cardboard that was painted yellow for the petals. The inner cup is a yellow plastic bucket.

Mandy said the Ashburton District Council had given permission for the blooms to be on the grass reserve.