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Battle of the blooms looms

Wednesday, 12th October, 2011

50 YEARS IN THE MAKING: Silver City Garden Club judge, and last year’s winner of its rose competition, Bob Pascoe, with his iceberg roses. 50 YEARS IN THE MAKING: Silver City Garden Club judge, and last year’s winner of its rose competition, Bob Pascoe, with his iceberg roses.

By Kurtis Eichler 

The war of the roses is in full bloom.

More than 20 of the city’s keenest green gardeners are set to do battle in the Silver City Garden Club’s annual rose competition.

Competitors are judged on their roses’ ability to capture the eye of the event’s four adjudicators.

One of them is last year’s winner Bob Pascoe who planted his first rose 50 years ago.

Now his Boughtman Street home is bursting with 67 bushes of a variety of species.

“When you walk into a garden, you’ve got to get a wow factor,” Mr Pascoe explained.

But he said it was not always easy to pick the best time for judging.

“If it’s possible to get them at their peak, that’s what we try and do.

“This year the weather has played around on us and we found we’d put it (judging) back another week.”

Entrants can enter the best small rose garden (1 to 10 bushes), the medium garden (10-30), or the large (30-plus).

Entry boxes are located at Picton Plants, Pots and Plants, Council’s Admin Centre, Big W and South Post Office.

“This year we’ve got $60 for first place, and $25 each for the second and third.”

Entries close tomorrow with judging on Monday.

Mr Pascoe said three things make growing the perennials easy - feeding, watering, and plenty of sunlight.

“I feed these three or four times per year.

“All your top gardeners, though, tell you to feed them once every two months.”

And why are roses so popular? 

“They’re very hardy,” Mr Pascoe said. “You can be rough with them and you can be good with them.”

Mr Pascoe said he spends between two and three hours a day with his roses.

“You either love it or you hate it.”

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