Bloomin’ Bur­nett beauty

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR BACKYARD - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

Brah­man breeder Robyn Whitaker and her fam­ily join forces to trans­form Bur­nett Park. Take a stroll through the prop­erty’s beau­ti­ful blooms on pages 38–39.

IT’S been a Whitaker fam­ily af­fair turn­ing an un­tidy and over­grown front yard into a beau­ti­ful land­scaped place where flow­ers bloom and visi­tors won­der.

Robyn and Clint Whitaker, along with their twins, Sam and Bri­anna, breed great brah­mans, but the fam­ily also has a pas­sion for a rose or a vi­o­let.

“The whole fam­ily has built the gar­dens and the de­signs, and po­si­tion­ing has been of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing,” Mrs Whitaker said.

“Clint’s con­tri­bu­tion has mainly been on the trac­tor with the ‘all in one bucket’,” she said.

“It is very much a work in progress.

“We have more gar­den ar­eas to build when we get time.”

Eight years ago the Whi­tak­ers bought Bur­nett Park and started to turn an or­chard into a home and a cat­tle stud.

The Whi­tak­ers have an open day once a year and in­vite peo­ple from near and far to in­spect the prize bulls they have for sale and also to en­joy their gar­den.

Whitaker Brah­mans is the cur­rent holder of the Aus­tralian Brah­man Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s two most pres­ti­gious ac­co­lades.

The red dam Whitaker Mag­gie has been the dam of the year for the past three years.

Their res­i­dent grey sire, Eureka Creek Marks­man, is the cur­rent sire of the year.

Not only are the beasts award-win­ning. One of their 18 gar­dens holds 50 rose bushes, and in­cludes Mun­dub­bera Show’s rose of the year.

There have been sev­eral frosts this year, but Mrs Whitaker said in a few

weeks ev­ery flower would be out in bloom.

“This is a fam­ily ef­fort, and we all have worked to make it a pleas­ant place to come,” she said.

“All of our veg­eta­bles are grown in our vegie patch, and it is so nice to be able to come down be­fore cook­ing and get ev­ery­thing fresh.”

The orchid house is also a pas­sion for the fam­ily, and they en­joy prop­a­gat­ing and grow­ing the softer plants.

Cym­bid­ium orchids and danc­ing lady are ev­ery­one’s favourites, as well as a mys­tery plant: “Black pansy or black vi­ola – I am not sure, but it is some­thing I have never seen be­fore.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

MADE FOR A WED­DING: Robyn Whitaker shows off her wed­ding gar­den, which is just wait­ing for a bride.

Robyn and Clint have turned an un­tidy and over­grown area in their front yard into a beau­ti­ful land­scaped place where flow­ers bloom and visi­tors won­der.

The green­house is over­flow­ing with plants and orchids.

The ave­rian rose is un­sur­passed by any other and has a pun­gent aroma.

Just wait un­til spring – there will be more colour and more daisies.

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

This gar­den changes as the sea­sons do. The fam­ily plants dif­fer­ent plants to change the feel of the gar­dens.

Kook­aburra sits in the old gum tree: This one will not fly away.

The or­ange rose is stun­ning against a green back­ground. In a gar­den with 50 oth­ers, it still stands its ground.

Ve­gies taste best when they come straight from the gar­den.

Colour is ev­ery­thing in a mixed gar­den, and th­ese colours are just right.

This de­bate is on – black pansy or black vi­ola?

En­joy the beauty of the gar­den.

There is an end­less sup­ply of colour.

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