Flower Power:

Flow­ers fresh from the farm send a bunch of love to those you hold dear

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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.

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