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Victorian farmer opens gate to public as one million sunflowers spread joy



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After some darkish days throughout the pandemic, the solar is lastly out in Timmering in northern Victoria, the place a million sunflowers dance in full bloom.

Adam and Claira Whipp often harvest the flowers for oil or cattle feed, however the dairy farmers have change into a social media sensation, with Instagram fans and younger households travelling from far and extensive to see their golden crop.

The couple determined to open their farm to the general public final 12 months after seeing Victorians endure months of robust lockdowns.

“They’re stunning, and it is only a little bit of enjoyable,” Mr Whipp mentioned.

A man is sitting on his tractor in a sunflower field.
Adam Whipp says it is nice to see Victorians glad once more after years of lockdown.(ABC Rural: Eden Hynninen)

A million to select from

With secateurs or a digital camera in hand, guests from all around the state have a million sunflowers to select from.

“Individuals spend three hours within the sunflowers, taking drone footage, having picnics,” Mr Whip mentioned.

“We have now to chase them out at 12pm once we wish to shut the gate.”

Mr Whipp mentioned it was not tough to pick these visiting from the town.

flowers blooming in a field
A million sunflowers are in full bloom in Timmering in northern Victoria. (ABC Rural: Eden Hynninen)

‘Magnificence would not often get seen’

Claira Whipp mentioned it was gratifying to see individuals actually take pleasure in themselves whereas studying concerning the farm.

“The sweetness would not often get seen, we have stored the paddocks to ourselves for years,” Ms Whipp mentioned.

“It is nice to have the ability to educate individuals.”

a woman in a yellow dress standing in front of sunflowers
Greta Zegelin enjoys a day trip seeking an ideal Instagram shot.(ABC Rural: Eden Hynninen)

Native Greta Zegelin visited the farm along with her greatest good friend, and loved spending a day within the sunshine getting the right shot.

“I even color coordinated with flowers.”

Kyabram resident Bronwyn Faisst got here alongside to select flowers for her mom who handed away final 12 months.

“I assumed these would look pretty on her grave,” Mr Faisst mentioned.

“It is simply so good to get out into nature and have a look at these flowers.”

A woman with a black hat and umbrella is holing a large sunflower
Bronwyn Faisst chooses a sunflower to placed on her mom’s grave.(ABC Rural: Eden Hynninen)

Life on the land robust

The transfer to sunflower farming was an enormous change for the Whipp household.

Drought situations and failed canola crops three years in the past, made life on the land robust.

“You would not have been standing in a paddock of sunflowers and it would not have been inexperienced.

“It is a fantastic day right here.”