Birkdale Flower Farm sharing the love with nursing homes, schools, emergency services during COVID-19

GIVING BACK: Sharon Sihota from BIrkdale Flower Farm said surplus flowers were given out to community members, including at aged care homes and schools.

GIVING BACK: Sharon Sihota from BIrkdale Flower Farm said surplus flowers were given out to community members, including at aged care homes and schools.

THE team at Birkdale Flower Farm are bringing a bit of colour into the lives of those hit hardest by COVID-19.

With spring arriving and flowers blooming, manager Sharon Sihota said surplus gerberas had been sent across the community, including to aged care homes, schools and emergency services.

"Sending flowers to the nursing homes is something we do quite regularly when we have excess," she said.

"It's been quite a good spring flush this year (and we've) got surplus flowers so I thought we'd expand it and find some new places.

"We rang the doorbells at the firies, police and ambos and gave them a bit of a surprise.

"It's just something to brighten their day.

"I called (Redland City councillor) Paul Bishop and asked him if he had any places in mind, and he came up with the idea of asking the public."

People on Facebook nominated the people and groups they thought were deserving of flowers.

Ms Sihota said people who had been impacted by COVID-19 had appreciated the flowers the most.

"I think the biggest impact was nursing homes, because they're in lockdown and they're not having the interaction with people," she said.

"It's put tears in my eyes sometimes, when I get the feedback (from flower recipients).

"One gentleman was unable to attend his father's funeral due to travel restrictions - it took him by surprise and the act of giving made him really emotional."

Ms Sihota said with flower production expected to ease in the coming days, now was the perfect opportunity to give back to the community.

"You can either plow them back into the ground, otherwise you can share them," she said.

"That takes a little more effort but I just can't help it. We've thrown very little out."

Gerberas, chrysanthemums and carnations were among the most prominent flowers in bloom at the Flower Farm.