Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Flaming Beautiful Flowers; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Flaming Beautiful Flowers; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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Byline: NEIL FISHER

OVER the past few weeks I have been receiving a number of inquires about an attractive red flowering shrub that has been seen in numerous gardens around Central Queensland.

The shrub is called Flaming Beauty or Carphalea kirondron and can be a real showpiece in the garden.

Like Bougainvilleas, the colour display of the Flaming Beauty comes from the strikingly bright red calyxes.

The flowers are white and only tiny with four petals.

Regular pruning is necessary to promote a compact shape and repeat blooms.

I would also recommend the removal of the spent flowers or deadheading. This is not a major job as Flaming Beauty flowers from November to almost July each year.

It a medium-sized ornamental shrub that originated from Madagascar. Its average height is 1.5m high but in some positions it can grow up to 3m.

The Flaming Beauty prefers a full sun position but I have a number of showy plants growing just as well in semi-shade. A well-drained soil mixture that is compost-enriched produces the best flowering display.

Planting pawpaws

PROBABLY one of the easiest to grow of all fruiting plants for a home gardener is the pawpaw or Carica papaya, and there are always a couple of questions that most gardeners will ask you.

One of the most common questions, and one that always sparks debate amongst home gardeners, is what pawpaw is best for home gardens -- growing sexual varieties i.e. individual male and female plants, or growing bisexual varieties.

Personally, I have no preference and find that both varieties are suitable for home gardens.

The bisexual varieties, that have both male and female characteristics, are quite useful for small gardens.

The attraction of this plant is that one individual pawpaw will produce a summer's fruit supply, which is usually a narrow fruit on elongated stems.

With the sexual varieties, it may take till the first flowering before you can identify if you have a male or female pawpaw, so it is always recommended to plant several plants for this reason. …

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