Cham­pion rose gar­dener

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

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

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