Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mum Gift That Keeps Giving

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Mum Gift That Keeps Giving

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Gardening

Neil Fisher

FOR those people who haven't bought anything for Mother's Day tomorrow, it may be time to consider a green present.

With a little thought and planning, you can give your mum her special flowers still growing and able to be planted in the garden, providing years of pleasure instead of just days.

The first choice is 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 colour schemes.

If your mother prefers the traditional Mother's Day flowers, the potted chrysanthemums are still available with the pure white blooms.

Did you know the white chrysanthemum means truth, the bronze excitement, the pink sharing, the yellow secret admirer and mauve means wellness?

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

For non-traditionalists, why not try a different flowering gift like an Australia native plant, such as a grevillea.

With the meaning "boldness, strength and courage", a flowering grevillea would truly sum up many of our mothers.

Grevillea Robyn Gordon is a sprawling evergreen shrub growing to 1.5m with a similar spread. The leaves are dark green and fern-like, with a silky underside. Masses of crimson birds are attracted to the flowers that are produced at intervals throughout the year.

If you want to tell mum "you're lovely", then the gardenia florida would be perfect. It is one of the most water-wise gardenias available to local gardeners. Gardenia florida has glossy green foliage, a dense habit and grows to 1.5m high. It will flower throughout the year with highly perfumed, double white flowers.

Gardenia florida is best grown in a position away from the hot afternoon sun -- a northern or easterly position is best. …

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