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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.