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Spring has sprung so the saying goes and what other flower says spring so boldly than a daffodil? Clumps of common bright yellow daffodils that demand attention under bare trees in country gardens sing it's spring to me. Here at Hancock's they go one step better and have entire fields of yellow daffodils complete with wooden post and rail fences just down the road from the homestead where the spring display is held. Out the front is a cart with freshly picked daffodils for sale with an honesty box system and inside the gate you can wander over to the growing flower display in the paddock or into the shed for the cut flower display.
The cut flower display is magnificent and has a wide range of daffodils from the new and rare to the old fashioned favourites. I enjoyed reading the names and seeing how well the daffodils suited their names such as the aptly named Strawberry Soda with it's pink and cream colouring and Jetfire to some of the more unusual names like Yummie and Velvet Souffle. Whilst you're there you can go into the competition to name a new variety of daffodil to be released.
In the paddock are rows of various daffodils that are clearly named and clumped together to emphasize the height and foliage for the keenest of gardeners to picture what the variety will look like in their home garden . I couldn't help but admire the two cheeky ponies making the most of all the attention with their heads over the gate waiting for a pat or most likely a carrot.
Also available are potted flowering plants and daffodils, gift cards and fresh flowers along with complimentary tea and coffee. If you wish you can place an order for daffodils whilst you're there or put your name on a list to have a catalog sent out to you.
The daffodil spring flower show is on until Sunday 28th of September from 11am - 4pm weekdays or 10am - 5pm weekends.
If you want to have a picnic lunch whilst you're in the area or want to see a great view over the region then I would recommend Johns Hill reserve located at 86 Ridge Rd, Kallista so long as there is not too much wind. The views are spectacular and overlook Mt Donna Buang on one side and Cardinia reservoir on the other.