Week 1 April 2003: 35 mm in the rain gauge this week.Garden Diary
The 1st of April is the 8th anniversary of our retirement. Work colleagues thought that this was an appropriate day for our retirement. We have never regretted the decision to retire. Having a passionate interest in the environment in general and native plants in particular keeps both our minds and bodies active.
Eucalyptus laevopinea, the Silvertop Stringybark, is native to Yallaroo and we provide a haven for large numbers of this splendid tree. Many specimens are now in full flower and are attracting a range of honeyeaters, exotic honeybees and numerous native insects.
The constant rain has triggered the appearance of numerous tomato plants throughout the garden. These are a variety known as Tommy Toe that we grew a few years ago. The seeds patiently waited for the drought to break before germinating. Unfortunately they have appeared too late in the year and the frosts will curtail their development. The grass is also growing rapidly so some time is spent on the mower.
One of our local native plants is also responding to the rain. Mentha australis is a relative of the culinary mints and is forming dense, weed-suppressing carpets. The aromatic foliage has been used to brew herbal tea.
A pair of Little Grebes visited our Big Dam. They are very shy birds and disappear under the water when disturbed. They surface some distance from where they submerged.
Some of our Grevilleas and Hakeas have developed yellow foliage. They have been kept too long in their tubes and have run out of nutrients. We are now putting lawn food in the holes when they are planted in the garden. The lawn food has high nitrogen, low phosphorus and potassium as well as the micronutrients such as iron and boron. We will let you know if this method succeeds or fails.