HRSSA & Friends host Sheenagh Harris

HERITAGE ROSE SOCIETY FRIENDS IN NATAL AND THE EASTERN FREE STATE

How fortunate to have rose friends en route to a holiday in Natal…

Rob and I spent 3 most enjoyable days with William and Clare Meyer on their beautiful property, Sunset Farm outside Mooi River where they have 2,000 roses – fifty ‘Zulu Royal’ up the drive to the entrance to the garden and then an avenue of  ‘Icebergs’ in full bloom welcoming guests to the homestead where the Granny’s by the 100 takeover.  Clare has a number of OGR’s and generously gave me some to take to Rae Gilbert to add to the collection at Bosky Dell.  As we left Sunset Farm, on the verge I found a Rosa Bracteata MacCartney flowering as late as January.

From here Rob and I travelled through the Eastern Free State hoping to see ‘Clarens Centenary’, ‘Clocolan’ and ‘Ficksburg’ in the towns of those names.   That night was spent with Rosemary and Gordon Bentley on their farm outside Ladybrand on the way to Maseru.  Rosemary joined the HRSSA at its inception in 1998 and has been a regular attendee of conventions ever since, often coming with Barbara Long, Ingrid Rohde and Karine de Bruyn. Rosemary kindly invited the others to dinner together with Pam Parr who immediately joined the society, so there was much reminiscing about the rose world.  Rosemary’s roses were only just recovering after a drought so there were not many flowering but she is a keen OGR grower.

How fortunate we are to have such hospitable rose loving friends round the country.