Flowers fresh from the farm send a bunch of love to those you hold dear
Discover the faces behind local flower farms sharing their colour and beauty this Mother’s Day.
WHEN you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else.” – Georgia O’Keeffe.
The colour, the smell, the beauty; flowers are perhaps one of the most popular gifts, especially on special occasions such as Mother’s Day.
Whether a single sunflower or a well-arranged bouquet, flowers are a wonderful expression by nature that perfectly conveys positivity, love and caring.
Sometimes using a certain flower can convey a message without words as an aster is said to mean contentment, begonia encouragement and it even goes so far as to share through colour with pink meaning gratitude and yellow cheerful.
Flowers can say and mean so much and simply look gorgeous.
Remember also if you are looking to have a relaxed morning tea or lunch with someone special, flowers make a gorgeous centrepiece to any table with a pop of colour.
You can mix larger statement flowers with eucalyptus leaves for something that not only smells divine but adds that extra touch to your table’s display.
The website www.theflowerexpert.com highlights that Anna Jarvis from Philadelphia was one of the first people to consider flowers on Mother’s Day for gifting mothers, sending 500 white carnations to the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, with the aim of distributing to the mothers.
Ultimately Mother’s Day is the occasion when we celebrate a person who has made our lives that much better
through their love and dedication, and local flower farmers are working hard to ensure their blooms are colourful and fresh.
They are considering temperatures, quality of soil, and more in an attempt to provide a quality bloom to local clients as well as the flower markets in southern states.
Wide Bay Flowers has been operating as a flower farm in Bundaberg for more than 18 years, providing a wealth of flower options including liliums, gladioli, asters, celosia and chrysanthemums.
Customers have continued to frequent their flower stall at Thabeban opposite the Caltex Service Station every Friday and also at the Shalom Markets, commenting on the colour and beauty of their farm-fresh flower bouquets.
For owner Peter Lobegeier, flower farming was very much a natural progression, having come from a cane farming background.
Having initially worked for his parents on their farm, 20-year-old Peter went in a different direction when they sold the property.
By 26 though he was drawn back to the farming lifestyle and eager to branch out on his own, and now operates Wide Bay Flowers with the support of his wife Cathy.
Peter said the beauty of flower farming was that it didn’t require a great deal of land, especially compared to other crops such as sugarcane.
“We find that the local climate is well suited to flower farming with May to October some of our best growing times,” he said.
“At Wide Bay Flowers Bundaberg, we are proud to grow such a quality product locally and that by buying direct from us at our stalls, (customers are) able to have access to such freshness.
“We have had many of our customers comment on what a difference it makes buying flowers that are grown locally because they can last over two weeks and just have that beautiful freshness, variety and colour.”
It is a similar commitment to quality for Robertson Flower Farm owner Adam Robertson and his wife Trish and their three boys. In 2001 the family moved from growing flowers in Tasmania to establish Robertson Flower Farm among the fertile volcanic red soil sugarcane fields between Bundaberg and Bargara.
Adam said he and Trish had both been involved in floriculture all their working lives, with Adam starting in business with his father and brother in Tasmania, and Trish starting out with her sister in Bundaberg.
“The first few years were an interesting mix of trial and error; trying to work out which crops were best suited to the subtropical, sometimes wet, sometimes dry, climate of the region... We eventually decided lilies in winter, celosia in summer,” he said.
“Today Robertson Flower Farm has developed in hectares and production, growing Asiatic and oriental lilies, gladiolus, celosia and sunflowers, and sending flowers to the markets of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide.”
What a difference it makes buying flowers that are grown locally because they can last over two weeks. — PETER LOBEGEIER
Robertson Flower Farm is very much a family affair.
Nothing beats the colour and beauty of fresh local flowers such as these from Wide Bay Flowers Bundaberg PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED
Flowers such as these from Wide Bay Flowers Bundaberg make for ideal Mother's Day gifts. Robertson Flower Farm has a wonderful range of fresh and colourful blooms on their local farm.