The Society visited Adele van Staden’s beautiful garden in Melrose as our first function of 2019. It was a beautiful morning and we all enjoyed walking around the exquisite garden and admiring the roses, hydrangeas and azaleas. We once again had rose blooms in identification bottles and this is proving to be a popular stop at the tea table.
Garden visits are definitely our most popular events.
HERITAGE ROSE SOCIETY FRIENDS IN NATAL
AND THE EASTERN FREE STATE
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.