Sunday digest

Watch out for two new roses being released by Rob Somerfield this year – Wild Cherry and Pacific Glory, a lavender-pink floribunda that is the official rose of Roses Down Under, the World Federation of the Rose Society Regional Convention in Palmerston North, from November 23-28.

A competition was held to name the convention rose with the winner announced at the national show in Levin last November –  Derrol and Helen White from the Northland Rose Society came up with Pacific Glory and received six roses bred by Rob as their prize. Coincidentally, the Whites won the Champion of Champions at the national show with White Romance, another Glenavon rose by Rob.

Pacific Glory won a Gold Star of the South Pacific (the top award) at the national trial grounds in Palmerston North in 2006, while Wild Cherry, a floribunda with vibrant red flowers, won a Certificate of Merit in 2011.

Garden centres will take orders now for roses to be delivered in the winter, the best time for planting them.

Added Feb 10: Villa Ridge garden centre at Tauriko has a printed Rose List for for 2013, including David Austin, hybrid teas, climbers and old-fashioned roses. Ph 07 543 1093.

Three new Jury magnolias will be available this year – Fairy Magnolia White, Fairy Magnolia Cream and Magnolia Honey Tulip (a yellow form of Black Tulip). Read about them and see pictures on the link.

Suffering from a glut of zucchini? Bevan Smith, owner and chef at Riverstone Kitchen near Oamaru has a cracker recipe for Zucchini Soup, flavoured with basil and Parmesan cheese. I made it on Friday and can give it the thumbs up.

And just to round things off, here’s a lovely video, The Beauty of Pollination (4min24) – flying insects, hummingbirds and bats!

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