DJ? spins magic with frangipani
IT'S easy to miss the man with one of the world's rarest flowers.
Michael 'DJ' Earnshaw has 9000 frangipani plants in pots on a 10-acre hillside on Piggabeen Road, West Tweed ? but hundreds of motorists drive past every day unaware of the garden lovers' treasure trove.
DJ doesn't much promote his mostly wholesale nursery locally, but he occasionally has open days showcasing more than 120 coloured flower varieties of the richly-scented deciduous plant with sticky white sap.
He also has a regular stall during the warmer, flowering months at Coolangatta's Sunday markets.
DJ discovered what may be the rarest colour frangipani ? the grey blue Lilac Cloud ? in south-east Queensland and now sells the variety, but it's not cheap.
"The price is upwards of $200. We sold one on Friday for $800," he said.
Blue shaded frangipanis have also been found in Thailand and Mexico "but they are darker than ours, closer to purple".
DJ is a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club who rides a Harley Davidson and is a former radio announcer.
He sells his frangipani cuttings and plants by internet mail order throughout Australia, especially Sydney, and in America, Europe and Asia.
The most common yellow-centred white flower variety is the biggest seller.