IN MY GARDEN: Ossie Page, of Grafton, admires the rare flowering cycad. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.
IN MY GARDEN: Ossie Page, of Grafton, admires the rare flowering cycad. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.

Good as gold

By Emma Cornford

IT has been more than 20 years since Grafton's Ossie Page planted a cycad in his front yard and only twice has it flowered.

Last week it came into bloom again, a glorious bud of yellow juxtaposing the deep green leaves.

"I've got another one as well, which is even older, but it's never flowered," Mr Page said yesterday.

"I know there are other cycads around town as well but I've never heard of any of those flowering either."

And although he is proud of his cycad, which will be in bloom for the next week, Mr Page is a rose man through and through.

"You can't beat the roses," he said.

"They take a lot of looking after, not like the cycad which you throw a bit of fertiliser on and let it go, but they're beautiful."



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