Roses are a labour of love

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For Lyn East­wood, roses are a pas­sion.

The Mata­mata res­i­dent of 12 months moved to town from Te Awa­mutu, or Rose­town as it’s also known. Lyn shifted into a house 30 years ago that had roses. It was here her pas­sion for the sweet smelling plant be­gan.

‘‘I just kept adding roses and then it got to the stage I didn’t like the ones that were there orig­i­nally.’’

A num­ber of those orig­i­nal roses re­main in Lyn’s gar­den to­day.

She then found her­self look­ing into what was in­volved in show­ing roses.

Her first show was in Te Kuiti and the rest as they say, is history.

Lyn’s sis­ter says roses are no longer a love, but rather a pas­sion for Lyn. ‘‘It is me.’’ But Lyn also likes irises, ger­bera and is cur­rently re-do­ing her del­phini­ums and also has a love of fuch­sia.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing else that goes with that is what I use in the flo­ral art ar­range­ments that we do.

‘‘It’s what I grow and al­ways keen to grow more.’’

A bit of time is spent prun­ing and Lyn has help from part­ner Lloyd, who is in charge of cart­ing away the rub­bish the mulch.

‘‘He does all those other jobs

and

bring­ing

in

I’m which lets me sim­ply get on and gar­den,’’ Lyn said.

Lyn said all plants are ex­pen­sive but she feels roses gives you more flow­er­ing than any­thing else you can buy.

‘‘Any other flow­ers are sea­sonal, but roses come and go and come and go and will flower for nine months of the year.

‘‘Are they hard work? Well, what you put into them you get back.’’

There are a num­ber of roses th­ese days that don’t re­quire spray­ing, Lyn says, and she would love peo­ple to know any­one can grow roses.

‘‘You can love roses and you can grow roses but you don’t have

to be con­trolled by your gar­den.’’

Mata­mata Rose So­ci­ety’s an­nual rose show is at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26 from 12.45pm to 5.30pm. En­try is by gold coin do­na­tion and in­ter­me­di­ate and pri­mary school aged chil­dren are free. unit, is also very ex­cited to see progress be­gin on the build.

‘‘From the Foun­da­tion’s per­spec­tive, we’ve been rais­ing funds for a num­ber of years. It’s very grat­i­fy­ing to be able to see this first sod turned,’’ Foun­da­tion chair Lady Mar­garet Spring said.

She said the Foun­da­tion was also very proud of ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity who had con­trib­uted to the project. ‘‘This all proves that it really is hap­pen­ing,’’ she said.

Ex­pected com­ple­tion for the pal­lia­tive care wing is the end of March.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be ex­cel­lent to be able to de­liver top class pal­lia­tive care right here in Mata­mata,’’ Pohlen Hos­pi­tal gen­eral man­ager Greg Parker said.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Lyn East­wood says what­ever you put into roses you get back.

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