rose gar­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD -

after the flood, which rose above the cou­ple’s house win­dows.

“There was just a sea of wa­ter here, there was noth­ing,” Mr Bryant said.

And af­ter­wards, there was so much mud to be re­moved – “so much that we had to do it man­u­ally”.

Strong mem­o­ries of the flood and their re­cov­ery came twice in our con­ver­sa­tion, in­ter­spersed with the nat­u­ral cy­cle of re­plac­ing plants – whether roses, ger­beras or Mr Bryant’s other pas­sion, ferns.

While the roses and ger­beras rule the front gar­den, king par­rots are known to swoop around the back deck – home to clivias and pot plants, and the back­yard vegie patch and fern­ery.

It’s a re­lax­ing oa­sis for the cou­ple, with Mr Bryant nom­i­nat­ing the end of Septem­ber as the best time of year.

“It’s just start­ing to bloom; it’s just beau­ti­ful with the big­gest flush of roses,” he said.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

VI­BRANT: Clivi­aswere named after Lady Char­lotte Florentina Clive, Duchess of Northum­ber­land, who was the grand­daugh­ter of Robert Clive, AKA Clive of In­dia.

The 17 blooms on this one ger­bera plant de­lighted Vic and Mavis Bryant, who said the high num­ber was un­usual.

A bril­liant white Ice­berg rose bush takes pride of place in Vic and Mavis Bryant's gar­den.

Vic and Mavis Bryant de­light in their Gayn­dah gar­den.

The yel­low blos­som is paler than the richly-hued bud.

Vic and Mavis Bryant love their roses.

A pink rose­bud slowly re­veals its petals.

Once the roses are full-blown, they will de-head them to pre­vent a scat­ter of petals over the lawn.

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