Roses bloom in gar­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

One of the beau­ti­ful roses now in bloom at Gayn­dah Hos­pi­tal.

A melody of colour greets visit to the hos­pi­tal gar­dens.

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