Queensland farmers celebrate blooming good rain – and that’s good news for Mother’s Day
With just enough water to keep the sunflowers alive in the garden, the Burnham family were forced to halve the number of cattle on their property west of Monto.
- It was the best rain of the season for a property in Monto
- Breeders are now hoping for a late, mild winter
- Volunteers needed to help harvest Mother’s Day flowers
But after a dry summer with much below average precipitation, there is finally reason to smile.
As the Burnhams sent a final load of steers to the feedlot, 40 millimeters of rain fell on their property north of Burnett.
“It was the best rain we have had for the season and better late than never,” said Grant Burnham.
With his property transformed, Mr Burnham is now hoping the winter frosts will continue and some more rain will fall in the meantime.
“My wise father always told me there was no bad rain,” he said.
Showers this week have been patchy across the Broad Bay, but some have been heavy enough to damage farm fences and close local roads.
Mother’s Day Flowers Ready to Bloom
The rain also spurred a bumper crop of flowers in Bundaberg just in time for Mother’s Day in May.
In a 40-year tradition, the Endeavor Foundation is preparing to collect and process 7,000 bouquets of chrysanthemums.
“We have several colors and about 20 different varieties to suit every mom,” said production manager Mark Elliot.
But the staff can’t do the job without volunteers to help pick, pack and sell the colorful floral flowers.
Recent rains mean the charity needs to closely monitor the harvest.
“We just need to watch our pest load for the next few weeks, but the buds will start to appear and then in the next few weeks they will start to explode,” Mr Elliot said.
You can contact the Endeavor Foundation farm in Bundaberg on 07 41 555 701.