Regular chats nourish flowers

Published 12:52 am Saturday, April 16, 2011

Dora Williamson said one of the secrets to happy flowers is conversation. | Kendra Bolling/Star-News

Dora Williamson loves flowers, there’s no doubt about it.

Williamson, who moved to Andalusia 12 years ago, has a colorful array of amaryllis, pot of gold, roses, cannas and more outside her Watson Street home.

And having flowers isn’t hard, she said.

“They multiply,” she said. “I start at the last of February, and I put fertilizer and Miracle Grow on my plants.”

Another thing she says that helps is “talking to them.”

“I go out there every three days and talk to them,” she said. “I love it.”

Williamson’s yard is covered with flowers and outside whatnots.

“It’s like medicine for me,” she said. “It’s so nice.”

And she loves hand-me-down flowers.

“I get my flowers from anyone who wants to give them to me,” she said. “I’ll take them.”

Williamson, who has been planting flowers for decades, offered a few tips for newcomers to the flower world.

“Find a spot and get it ready,” she said. “Use Miracle Grow or the other non-brand.”

Then she said it’s important to use Miracle Grow once a week, and that’s all you have to do.

“Cannas make beautiful pot plants,” she said. “There are plenty of ground cover plants that make beautiful pot plants as well. One of my favorites is a yellow plant called ‘pot of gold.’ ”

And she’s not shy about her plants.

“I invite everyone to drive by and look,” she said. “The amaryllises stay abloom for about a week before they fall off.”