Spelling it out

More than 4000 premium bulbs brought from Christchurch to Balclutha 25 years ago began this ‘‘golden host’’ which welcomes springtime travellers to the town.

The bulbs were planted in holes punched by crowbars into the Clutha riverbank clay. The Balclutha Beautification Society completed the original work in a single day in 1997.

The daffodils spell out the word ‘‘Balclutha’’.

Daffodils can bloom annually for 40 years, and this display continues to be maintained by Rotary.

A bulk bag of 50 King Alfred narcissus trumpet bulbs costs about $50, adding a significant financial dimension to the treasured waterside display.