Champion rose gardener
EILEEN Betts has transplanted her champion roses from Gin Gin to Sydney and back again.
“It’s a passion. I love roses,” Mrs Betts said.
“For showing you need the non-perfumed ones (as) they hold the shape longer and have points in the petals.”
Mrs Betts, whose Double Delight won champion rose at the Gayndah Show, began with old perfumed roses such as Christian Dior and Papa Meilland.
“I have about 180 rose bushes. I prune them and my hubby Graham sprays them with a boom spray,” she said.
“It takes about 90 seconds, instead of a using a backpack (sprayer).”
Mr Betts said his favoured fertilisers were chook manure, Blood and Bone, and seaweed.
Gazing around the colourful display of flowers in the pavilion, Mrs Betts said she also grew bougainvillea but never placed them in competitions for her heart lay elsewhere. “If it’s a rose, I love it.”
– Shirley Way