Roses bloom in garden
BORDERED by vibrant colour, the large Queenslander atop the hill provides visitors with views down Warton St to Gayndah.
The Gayndah Hospital’s green lawns are dotted with tall shade trees, bordered with bougainvilleas and planted with beds of roses and gerberas.
Brad Doyle, who tends the grounds part-time, said his favourite area was the rose garden planted inside the roundabout at driveway’s end, where blooms of pink,
REFLECT: A beautiful rose. white and yellow capture the eye and gladden the heart.
“A few of the roses are really old,” Mr Doyle said.
“It’s sort of hard doing (the gardening) only three days a week to keep the roses maintained.
“They really need looking after for aphids, black spot and rust.
“They don’t really like the town water – it’s hard to keep the diseases off.”
Mr Doyle said mulching done a few months ago “will last for ages” and the pruning would be done in cooler weather.
The beds in front of the hospital building feature gerberas, but Mr Doyle’s favourite hybrid, Fireworks – “a big fluffy pom pom” – is not yet in bloom.
“They’re pretty hardy, they just sort of grow,” Mr Doyle said.
“They need cutting right back and they spring right back.
“I pull off dead leaves and sometimes need to separate (the plants).”
Taking after his relative Dallas Doyle, a grand champion rose gardener, Mr Doyle entered this year’s Gayndah Show, collecting first and second in gerberas, and third with a mixed bowl of roses.
Lining the Warton St fence and the archway into the park are bougainvilleas and hedge plants.
“The bougainvilleas are in pinks, whites and apricots,” he said.
“They were hedged a week ago.
“You need to keep water on them and fertiliser, blood and bone.”
Through the archway and into the parkland, the shade becomes more pronounced.
Bromeliads and ferns nestle under trees, and branches filled with yellow blooms reach out for a trellis.
Mr Doyle indicated the trees cordoned off were ill and were soon to be removed.
Returning uphill to the hospital, the house of healing where he works as a wardsman, Mr Boyd said the secret to the garden was that it had not been over planted.
Since he arrived last August the garden has been subjected to persistent heat, with temperatures climbing to the mid-30s from September.
“During the heat, just keep the water up,” he said.
“It wasn’t too bad and we looked after what was there.
“We’ll be replanting according to season, with snapdragons in winter/spring.
“The winter plants like marigolds like the cool more than the heat.”
And whatever the season, the garden will spread its peace to who all that enter.
SWEET SCENT: A rose garden takes pride of place at Gayndah Hospital's circular driveway.
Groundsman Brad Doyle at work.
A trio of flowers, from bud to blossom.
A well-planted garden provides a peaceful and colourful vista for Gayndah Hospital staff and visitors.
An arch in the rose garden frames the hospital entrance.
One of the beautiful roses now in bloom at Gayndah Hospital.
A melody of colour greets visit to the hospital gardens.