Top award for Rissman

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In bloom . . . Ashburton gardener Daphne Rissman admires her award-winning blooms at the North Otago Rose Society Show at the Foundation for the Blind Hall last Friday. Mrs Rissman won champion stem rose and champion of vase blooms before her stem rose was named champion of champions. PHOTOS: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD
Colourful . . . North Otago Rose Society secretary Alison Ludemann with some of this year's  show entries.
Colourful . . . North Otago Rose Society secretary Alison Ludemann with some of this year’s  show entries.

Blooms of all colours and sizes filled the air with the scent of perfume at the Foundation for the Blind Hall in Steward St last Friday.

The North Otago Rose Society show attracted hundreds of entries across 30 classes, and judges had their work cut out for them.

Ashburton woman Daphne Rissman claimed the top award. Her “fond memories” rose was named champion of champions after it was also named champion stem rose.

Her Paddy Stephens roses were named champion of vase blooms.

Other major awards went to Judith Miller (champion exhibition bloom) and Val Clarke (champion miniature exhibit and champion decorative bloom).

North Otago Rose Society secretary Alison Ludemann said a wet spring season made things a little tricky for local growers.

“It’s been a difficult year for roses – a challenging year with the weather. The roses seem to be coming out later this year.”

She put that down to a combination of wet weather conditions, and relatively cool nights.

That meant entries were down slightly on previous years, Mrs Ludemann said.

Vivienne Godkin, of Waikouaiti, was tasked with judging the show this year.

“What struck me first when I walked in the door was the perfume scent – it’s beautiful,” she said.

“The roses here are well grown and it’s really, really good to see novice as well as experienced rose growers. It makes a lovely show.”

When she judged a show, Mrs Godkin looked for freshness and how well a rose was cultivated. However, judges were “not allowed” to be swayed by colour.

“We have to try to be impartial, which is not always easy,” she said.

“There’s a saying – you have to grow them to show them.”

The North Otago Rose Society has 37 members.

On the job . . . Judge Vivienne Godkin runs her eye over an entry.
On the job . . . Judge Vivienne Godkin runs her eye over an entry.