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Saturday 23rd September, 2023
Happy Birthday dear boss!!
The Wairere team wishes you a Happy Birthday and a splendid year ahead. I hope you can enjoy a well-deserved birthday celebration!!
His birthday is this Monday, I felt a little guilty. He planned to have a day off and I also asked him for a few days off due to the school holidays, (I forgot it was his birthday). Completely ruining his day!!
When I was thinking about how to spoil him on his special day, I remembered that Brazilian custom for birthdays. Friends and family give the birthday person a series of earlobe tugs, one for each year of his age. The amount of earlobe pulling can add up quickly! It's fine for a small child, but it wouldn't be very nice to pull his ear more than 60 times!!
Oops I said your age, Lloyd!! Sorry.
When I wrote this, I realized it wasn't the best way to make him feel better. So I decided to leave this idea behind and offer to write him the newsletter so he can rest a little more.
So here I am, me Cecilia, thinking about what a winner I am for having such a good boss who gave me the day off that he planned would be for him.
Talking about winners, today I want to write about winner roses.
Rose competitions have a long history and are a beloved tradition in many parts of the world. These competitions typically involve judging roses for their beauty, fragrance, and overall health.
Let's check first where this comes from.
Roses were favoured by royalty and nobility in Europe, and this led to the development of rose gardens and the breeding of new rose varieties. European monarchs often held informal competitions among their court gardeners to develop the most exquisite roses.
The first major rose show is often attributed to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in England, which held its first rose show in 1858. The RHS and other horticultural organizations continued to play a significant role in promoting rose competitions.
Today, rose competitions and shows continue to be popular worldwide. They are often held in conjunction with local gardening festivals or horticultural events. These events provide an opportunity for rose enthusiasts to showcase their prized roses and for the public to appreciate the beauty and diversity of roses.
The main trial ground is located in Palmerston North, just as The Pacific Rose Festival is held annually in Hamilton. The public votes each year for roses introduced and bred in New Zealand. The goal of these shows is to test roses from local and overseas breeders in standard conditions that have not been sold commercially here before. Some of the winners in these trials..
Ink Spots. Won the Pacific Rose Bowl, 2022, three awards, including The Best NZ Red Rose and the Children's Choice awards. Floribunda Ink Spot is covered in masses of white blooms with a burgundy centre.
Tabasco, Certificate of Merit Palmerston North Trial, 2017. Tabasco has medium to large orange salmon blooms found both singularly and in substantial clusters.
Lemon n Lime New Zealand Rose of the Year, Best NZ Bred and Best Floribunda Rose 2011. Floribunda, The glowing florescent cream blooms with lime tinges are distinctive and certainly make a statement.
Green With Envy. Public Choice Award Palmerston North trial grounds 2013.Delight with tight, long-lasting buds that have a touch of colour and open to gorgeous green blooms.
Camellia sasanqua is well-known for its attractive, glossy, dark green leaves and its beautiful, fragrant flowers, which come in various shades of white, pink, red, and even variegated varieties. Grows as a compact shrub, reaching heights of 2 to 4 meters.
There are numerous Camellia sasanqua cultivars available, each with its unique characteristics in terms of flower colour, size, and growth habit. Some popular cultivars include Yuletide with bright red flowers, Setsugekka with white flowers with yellow stamens, and Jennifer Susan with Soft warm pink semi-double to peony flowers.'Paradise Helen' masses of brilliant pink buds, which open to dazzling white double blooms.
Early Pearly is A top-performing camellia that flowers from early autumn through to early winter. Paradise Blush pretty semi-double flowers are white blushed with rose pink edges. Gay Border, semi-double, white flowers that are heavily blushed with deep pink. Silver Dollar is beautiful, pure white ruffled double flowers, medium size.
Camellia sasanqua is often used as an ornamental shrub in gardens and landscapes. Its attractive foliage and colourful, fragrant flowers make it a popular choice for hedges, borders, and foundation plantings. It can also be grown in containers.
Camellia sasanqua is a versatile and beautiful addition to gardens, providing year-round interest and lovely blooms in the fall and early winter when many other plants are not in bloom. Its adaptability to various growing conditions and its low maintenance requirements make it a popular choice for gardeners.
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The beautiful flowers, the ambient temperature and the longer days make us think that Spring is already here!! (Fingers crossed it stays that way).
Many plants use day length as a flowering key signal (photoperiod), temperature, humidity, water availability, and other environmental cues. The perception of these environmental signals leads to the production of specific hormones. In response to these hormones, the apical meristem (the growing tip of the stem) transforms from producing leaves and stems to producing floral organs.
By the way, remember the spring equinox for our hemisphere will occur this Saturday, September 23, at 06:50 pm NZ time, and the following day Daylight Saving Time Starts September 24, at 3 am. I hope this year we have a real summer!!
Enjoy with the little ones during these school holidays.Un abrazo amigos!!