Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Beautifully-Formed Pristine Rose Is Worth Seeking Out

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Beautifully-Formed Pristine Rose Is Worth Seeking Out

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Byline: Michelle Richters

WELL, gardening friends, spring seems to be with us - ask the plants.

Leaves are appearing, flower buds are putting in an appearance, so soon our elevated landscape will become colourful, thanks to dedicated green thumbers.

Along with spring comes many garden exhibitions which include those of a floristic nature covering many varieties. These will be mentioned in forthcoming columns.

Our horticultural society is switched on to spring and a spring garden coach tour to Nanango on September 26 is planned.

This will be a pleasurable outing for keen gardeners so contact Margot Cory on 4661 1414.

Rose of the month

AS September is with us, it is time to introduce you to our rose of the month. This has been considered as one of the USA's most popular exhibition roses, so is one worth considering for your garden.

Pristine is a beautifully formed hybrid tea which has many beneficial characteristics.

The bush is quite vigorous, reliable and sturdy, with disease-resistant, dark green, leathery foliage.

Blooms develop rather quickly from long buds. These open into a high-centred, almost pure, white bloom with light pink shading over the 25-30 petals. They are lightly scented and are borne on long stems, somewhat thorny, and repeat well until JF arrives.

Pristine was bred by Bill Warriner, of the USA, and introduced by Jackson and Perkins in 1978.

Parentage was White Masterpiece x First Prize and two awards were achieved in 1979. The Portland Gold Medal and the Royal National Rose Society Edland Fragrance Medal, the premier British award for fragrance. This is a rose well worthy of a search.

September plantings

NOW we move on to the plantings for September, starting with flowers. They are: Ageratum; alyssum; antirrhinum,- aquilegia; arctotis; balsam; bedding/tuberous begonias; bellis; calendula; candytuft; carnation; centaurea; clarkia coreopsis; cornflower; cosmos; dahlia; delphinium; dianthus; eschscholtzia everlasting daisy; foxglove; gaillardia; gerbera; gloxinia; godetia; gomphrena gypsophila; helichrysm; hollyhock; honesty; justicia; kale; kangaroo paw larkspur; linaria; lobelia; lupin; mignonette; myosotis; nasturtium; neirnsia nemophila; nigella; ornamental basil and chilli; penstemon; petunia; phlox polyanthus; poppy; rudbeckia; russel lupin; salpiglossis; scabiosa; schizanthus snapdragon; statice; stock; sunflower; sweet pea; sweet william; torenia; verbena viola; Virginia stock; viscaria and zinnia. …

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