Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Consider the Azalea but Steer Clear of Oleanders

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Consider the Azalea but Steer Clear of Oleanders

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MANY of our local nurseries are experiencing a noticeable departure from tradition with customers purchasing Mother's Day presents. Green Mother's Day presents will give pleasure in the garden for much longer than the traditional bunch of Mother's Day flowers. The cut blooms soon die, and with them the memories of a wonderful day.

With a little thought and planning, you can give Mum her special flowers still growing and flowering and able to be planted in the garden, providing years of pleasure instead of just days. The first choice is, of course, potted chrysanthemums.

They are available in a wide range of decorator colours, and you can choose the flowers to match or blend in with your mother's personal preferences or colour schemes. If your mother prefers the traditional Mothers Day flowers, the potted chrysanthemums are still available

with pure white blooms.

After the time of flowering inside the house is over, the chrysanthemums can be planted out into an open garden, or kept in the container for another season.

For the non-traditionalists, why not try a different flowering gift. Flowering azaleas are starting to appear in local nurseries in a large variety of flower colours.

If available, I would recommend looking for azalea magnifica, as it is one of the hardiest varieties for local gardens. For those who look for meaning in a plant, azalea means 'your blush has won me'.

The crocus flower are a very hardy clumping plant that can be grown in most garden situations. Flowers are either pink or white, and mean 'joy'.

Fuchsias, with their meaning of 'good taste' are really more suitable as a hanging basket or tub plant, and I have seen a number of spectacularly flowering specimens growing in filtered light in a pergola or patio area, protected from the western sun. A couple of years ago while judging the Biloela Garden Competition I came across one of the best displays of Fuchsias I had ever seen. …

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