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ROSE NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Mumbai, Jan. 18:A warmer winter this year has turned out to be a thorn in the flesh for rose growing farmers. In Pune and across Bangalore, the winter temperature has increased by 4 degree Celsius. Both these centres are major areas for rose cultivation. The higher than normal temperature has resulted in an earlier bloom of roses. This, in turn, has advanced the arrival of the roses in the market. Planters project that at least 25 per cent of the blooms are set to arrive in the market much ahead of Valentine’s Day this year. The ongoing concern of floriculturists is that the sharp rise in temperature could lead to damage and consequent rejection of export consignments. In the domestic market, most planters are expecting a glut that would result in prices plunging. Roses fetch the maximum value during the week preceding Valentine’s Day, with prices rising as high as Rs 10 a stem in the wholesale market compared with Rs 2-4 on an average day. For the fiscal 2011-12, India exported about Rs 320 crore worth of flowers, half of which were roses. Usually, roses take around 45-50 days to grow. Farmers generally begin pruning the rose bushes by the first week of December. This tends to yield a good crop by January 26. Between January 26 and February 14, roses are stored in cold rooms, and then shipped to Amsterdam ready for the auctions, to be finally shipped across the retail markets in Europe. This year, farmers’ fear that the buds are bound to be ready to harvest by January 21, five days ahead of schedule. “These roses would not be accepted by exporters, because they would be too early for dispatch to Europe for Valentine’s Day buyers. Farmers would be forced to sell it in the domestic market, putting pressure on prices,” said Milind Manerikar, Chief Executive Officer of Sankalp Farms, a major rose grower near Pune. He said that if the rose buds do get exported, they are bound to suffer damage due to the early blooming. This, Manerikar says, could result in disputes between the buyers and the sellers. Bangalore-based rose farmer Shreekant Shivappa said that such temperature rises prove to be a double whammy for farmers. “On the one hand, prices of all agriculture inputs are increasing and on the other, the farmers’ margins are shrinking. Rose farming is increasing becoming an unviable business,” he said. Agriculture expert Jagadeesh Sunkad said that such unusual weather is a result of climate change. “Not just roses, even other cash crops such as rubber and tea are bound to be affected given the undue stress. It is time we send an SOS to the government,” he said.
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ALWAYS REMEMBER ME
Hybrid Tea Rose 3ft
The flowers of this hybrid tea are a soft peachy apricot, lightly scented and produced singly. Leaves are glossy and large and new growth is a bright copper red. Habit is upright. Rosa Always Remember Me is a medium growing plant reaching about 3 feet (100cms). Do you remember PC Bill Barker? His name is synonymous with the Cumbrian floods of 2009 when he was swept away from a collapsing bridge in Workington when ensuring the safety of others. His family and the community will never forget the courage of a people’s hero. And in years to come, a new rose called “Always Remember Me�? will blossom in memory of PC Barker’s steadfast nature. Sales of the rose will benefit the Air Rescue, an important charity nominated by PC Barker.
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The Souvenir d’Anne Frank Commemorative Rose
A VERY special rose has been used to commemorate an important date in York’s history.
Yesterday marked the anniversary of when almost 500 of York’s Jewish community perished in the pogrom of 1190 .
Beginning in late 1189, Catholics goaded and envenomed by the coming Crusades In the Holy Land, form roving mobs and rehearse their fanaticism by attacking and murdering Jews. In September 1189, 30 Jews are murdered to mark the coronation of King Richard I the Lionheart. That massacre would prove to be a mere warm-up act for the carnage of March 18 the following year, when Jews are killed by the hundreds in York but also at Lynn, at Stamford fair, and at Norwich. Dozens of Jews commit suicide to avoid being murdered.
The massacre was remembered with a rose-planting ceremony at Tower Gardens.
The Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose was sent to York by Kenji Yamamuro, from Japan. The rose has been grafted from a flower sent to Japan by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, to a young Japanese girl, Michiko Otsuki, who was a reader of Anne’s Diary, in the 1970s. From that one rose, grafts were taken by Michiko’s uncle, Mr Yamamuro, and sent all over Japan, to be planted and nurtured by children, as a living reminder of Anne and her longing for a peaceful world.
Children from Knavesmire Primary School attended yesterday’s ceremony, singing a song with words by Anne, and hanging poems they had written on to a cut out “Remembering Tree” created for the occasion.
The rose was sent as part of the Souvenir d'Anne Frank project, a new theatre and music work, which will be touring to York Theatre Royal later this month.
JUBILEE GARDEN GETS A NEW LOOK
Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse
A £15,000 revamp of the Rose Gardens has been agreed by Berwick Town Council as part of its contribution towards the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
The gardens, part of Flagstaff Park which nestles beneath the town’s Elizabethan Walls, were created for the Queen’s coronation in 1952.
However the area has begun to look a little tired in recent years and Berwick Town Council was keen to see it given a makeover.
Councillor Jennifer Waterhouse, speaking at a meeting of the council’s environment and regeneration committee, said: “This is a project we have been talking about for such a long time that we now need to go ahead and get it done.”
Councillor John Robertson, chairman, added: “It sounds a lot of money but Flagstaff Park has historical significance given that it was created to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.”
A local designer has put together some initial suggestions of how it could be revamped.
These include two metal archways at the entrance to the Rose Gardens which would have roses growing over them.
It is also planned to replant the rose beds, tidy up the hedgerows and introduce other plants such as geraniums and lavender.
In the part of the garden where there is currently a circular footpath it is proposed to put a new path straight across the grassed area, lined by low-lying shrubs. A flagpole has been suggested as its centrepiece.
Town clerk Sue Finch said: “The Rose Gardens are very much part of Berwick’s history but they have been looking very tired so we are looking at a combination of replanting and general tidying up.
“All the planting would be low maintenance and Northumberland County Council has said it will meet the costs of the labour.”
It is also proposed to relocate the bench seating on Marygate to the Rose Garden.
Members agreed to meet the cost of the project from town council reserves.
It is hoped the work will be completed for the diamond jubilee anniversary celebrations on June 4 when a party will be held on The Parade, hopefully followed by a procession along the town walls to the beacon - situated just above the Rose Gardens.
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