Heritage Roses in Australia
Newsletter No. 7
Although August 16 was a true cold, wet and miserable Perth winter’s day, it was wonderful that 16 brave members ventured out to Falls Farm to hear an informative talk by Brian Klepzig on Neutrog products which assisted them in making their decisions before placing an order. We are very grateful to Neutrog who made contact after the meeting to say that a free bag of WhoFlungDung will be provided to each member who attended the meeting.
After the talk we stopped and ate our picnic lunches then formed a circle to begin our Round Robin Talk about our favourite rose book. It was very interesting to see the varied books that people chose and those who forgot to bring their book still spoke about it or gave some information on a rose. Di Durston had two books, one being a very old book of which there is probably no others around especially in Australia - it is ‘Rosen-Sammlung zu Wilhelmshohn - Rose Island’ and was created in the Wilhelmshohe Scholsspark in the second half of the 18th century. The second book is ‘Historical Roses in the Europa-Rosarium Sangerhausen’, Gallica, Damask, Alba, Centifolia, Moss rose varieties by Hella Brumme & Eilike Vemmer – this book can be ordered on-line through Bookddepository - be sure to order the ENGLISH version and not the German version. The ISBN is 978-3-440-170557. For more information on this book, read the Spring Journal in the Perth news when it comes out. Jan has ordered the book and has now received it and enjoying the photos and beautifully documented information.
NEXT MEETING ‘OLD BLYTHEWOOD’ – PINJARRA ON SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER AT 11AM
SOUTH WEST HIGHWAY, PINJARRA
(Bring you own morning tea and lunch or buy lunch in Pinjarra)
As you will have noticed on the new calendar emailed to you on the 18th August, the September outing will now be at ‘Old Blythewood’ just out of Pinjarra going south. We are to drive ourselves to the venue and be ready to start a guided tour of the gardens and heritage Buildings at 11am. There is a cost involved of $7 per person. After the tour it’s time for morning tea and if you like another meander around ‘Old Blythewood’ before driving back to Pinjarra to eat lunch at any of the various cafes in Pinjarra town or bring your own picnic lunch. After lunch we’ll view the Heritage Rose garden. Jan was there on Thursday 20 August and noticed most of the garden had been pruned but there were still some roses blooming.
‘Old Blythewood’ is set on a high bank overlooking the fertile flats of the Murray River, and stands as a testament to the industry, ingenuity and flexibility of the pioneering McLarty family. John and Mary Anne McLarty were amongst the first Europeans to settle in the Murray District around 1842. John was a tenant farmer and Mary Anne the local postmistress. As their economic situation improved, the McLartys were able to purchase their own property of some 6,100 acres. Not content to simply farm the new land, in 1860 John applied for, and was granted, a publican’s licence. ‘Blythewood’ was built to accommodate not just the family but the family businesses.
Patrons of the hotel and post office entered the small rooms off the verandah while access to the family bedrooms was from the dining room and parlour. A detached kitchen block was built at the rear. John extended his business interests to bridge building and road maintenance. Together with his sons he expanded the family cattle business well beyond ‘Blythewood’ up into the Kimberley District.
ROSE SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA SPRING FAIR
SATURDAY 10th and SUNDAY 11th OCTOBER at SOUTH PERTH CIVIC CENTRE
The Rose Society is holding its Spring Fair this year at South Perth on the weekend of October 10 & 11 and we have been invited to join them to show our roses. It has been agreed that we are also able sell items including roses if we have those for sale.
We are asking for members to offer their time to man the stalls and a roster is attached for you to place your name against a time that you are able to assist with this. More details will be in our next newsletter.
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE – CHANGES TO SOME OF OUR FORTH COMING MEETINGS
Our schedule was organized before Covid-19 and the cancellation of the HRIA Rose conference. We have had to re-arrange some of the meetings, so could you please check CAREFULLY and make alterations in your diary and change accordingly. You should have now received the updated event calendar for the remainder of the year but if not please let me know so another can be emailed to you.
SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2020 - 2pm
AFTERNOON TEA AMONGST THE ROSES – Jan Eastman’s in Thornlie
Come any enjoy of cup of tea and afternoon delights whilst wandering amongst the roses. The garden features many heritage and David Austin roses, poppies, Delphinium, Day Lillies along with many other companion plants.
THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2020 – 10.30am
ARALUEN IN SPRING
Araluen will be ablaze in Spring beauty at this time of the year. The heritage roses should be at their best and it is such a delight to walk through the park with the roses in garden beds and nestled amongst the Australian bush.
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2020
GARDEN VISIT TO “MOSTLY ROSES”, NEWLANDS, (near KIRUP). Travelling by BUS
This is a garden not to be missed when you love roses. There are a huge number of roses both modern but many more rambling heritage roses. You cannot help but to be carried away in rose heaven when you are in the garden.
We will drive direct to “Mostly Roses” then after a relaxed stroll around the garden we will venture onto Kirup for lunch at ‘Lady Marmalade’ café’ (pay individually for lunches). If you wish you can then visit ‘Newy’s Vegie Patch’ in the building close to the café. It has fresh produce from the area.
We will then start our return trip home but not before stopping at ‘Rustic French Living’ in Boyanup situated in an old church. The owner imports a lot of the goods direct from France and there is so much to see and purchase if you so wish.
SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER 4.30pm
CHRISTMAS SUNDOWNER at FLORENCE MCRAE’S GARDEN in CanningVale
More details later in the year.
You should have now placed your orders and we look forward to receiving these to begin the fertilizing of our roses for a wonderful Spring flush.
As promised in the last newsletter the Meringue/Pavlova recipe is attached at the end of the newsletter.
TEA ROSES Old Roses for Warm Gardens
Di has advised she has located 18 signed labels with the signatures of each lady who assisted in writing the Tea Roses book. The label also displays a beautiful bunch of Tea roses. If you would like one to place on the inside page of your Tea Rose book please contact either Di or myself.
Perth Heritage Roses
AQUAFABER MERINGUE/PAVLOVA RECIPE
Aquafaba – literally ‘bean water’ aqua = water faba = bean
[3 tablespoons of aquafaba = 1 egg white]
Basically the standard meringue/pavlova recipe - only using liquid drained from white beans or chickpeas
Liquid drained from a can of chickpeas or whitebeans - WELL CHILLED
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/3 cup castor sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond extract if you prefer)
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
1. Heat oven to 120 degrees C (ie a cool oven)
2. Beat the aquafaba with the vinegar in a mixer on ‘High’ until peaks begin to form.
3. Add the castor sugar a spoon at a time – beating all the time until mix is stiff and shiny
4. Add the vanilla extract and cream of tartar slowly … keep beating as you add
5. Spoon or pipe mix onto baking tray lined with bake paper to make rounds with a peak on top OR a large round with peaks around the edge,
6. Bake in oven approximately 90 minutes until dry. One large pavlova may need a bit more time depending on your oven. Should sound hollow when tapped.
7. Turn oven off and leave meringues in oven until cool
8. Serve small meringues ‘as is’, join 2 together with whipped cream or serve on top of fresh fruit salad or custard. Serve one large pavlova with whipped cream and fruit/s of choice on top.
Chilling the aquafaber before beating makes a much more fluffy mix which holds it’s peaks much better.
The acid in the vinegar relaxes the protein strands in the aquafaber allowing them to trap more air and so creating greater volume.
When checking on the progress of the cooking use the oven light and look through the door rather than opening the door and letting the heat escape.