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Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

NES­TLED be­hind a clipped hedge spell­ing Gayn­dah, at the town’s south­ern en­try, is Vic and Mavis Bryant’s vi­brant rose gar­den.

“The roses have been there for 30-odd years, I sup­pose,” Mr Bryant said.

“We just keep re­plac­ing them: we’ve found they’re the pret­ti­est thing to grow.”

The Gayn­dah cou­ple proved to be keen gar­den­ers, after re­ceiv­ing the land as a wed­ding gift from Mrs Bryant’s par­ents 56 years ago.

There was no par­tic­u­lar de­sign to the gar­den, Mrs Bryant said.

“Vic sort of started it – it was a bare piece of land when we in­her­ited it – mow­ing the lawn, clean­ing up and then, you know, it just went on from there, didn’t it?”

A front fence was put in, then taken out, but Mr Bryant’s pas­sion for roses has been a con­stant.

“There’s al­ways been roses along the front and down the side,” Mr Bryant said.

“It’s only in the last few years that we’ve put the ger­beras in be­tween, just to fill the gaps.”

Mrs Bryant ad­mit­ted to an ini­tial hes­i­ta­tion about the change.

“I didn’t want the mix­ture of or­anges (of the ger­beras) with the pinks (roses), although they’re pretty.”

She de­clined to iden­tify a favourite colour say­ing “they’re all beau­ti­ful”.

With strong mem­o­ries of the “lovely fra­grance” of freesias un­der the steps at her child­hood home, Mrs Bryant named fra­grant roses and the Peace rose as her favourites.

Mean­while the thorn­less Ice­berg rose, which grows in lux­u­ri­ous bushes of white, had be­come a big hit with her hus­band.

“There’s no thorns on them and you don’t get too many dis­eases on them,” Mr Bryant said.

“In this area, it’s the eas­i­est rose to grow.

“You get black spot on a few dif­fer­ent va­ri­eties where you don’t get it on oth­ers, but you’ve just got to spray for all that sort of thing.

“(Ger­beras) are a tick­lish thing to grow too – they get a few dis­eases in them too, but when they’re grow­ing nicely, they’re a beau­ti­ful flower.”

Sadly, some ger­bera bushes were lost to dis­ease

ROSES TO DE­LIGHT: Vic and Mavis Bryant grow roses, ger­beras and ferns in their Gayn­dah gar­den.

A rose bor­der blooms with spring colour.

Ger­beras glow in the spring sun­shine.

NEC­TAR: A bee drinks deep from an Ice­berg rose in Vic and Mavis Bryant's gar­den, Gayn­dah.

From bud to blos­som to full-blown rose.

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