Week 1 April 2007: No rain this week.

The 1st April was the 12th anniversary of my retirement. Many of my work colleagues thought this was an appropriate day to leave paid work. I have never had any regrets about retiring.

Still continuing with gardening (or grovelling in the gravel) this week. Planting and mulching were undertaken in the Caravan Garden.

Whilst digging holes we disturbed an albino bush cockroach. There are always plenty of the normal black bush cockroaches in our gardens. This one was pure white and about 1 centimetre long. Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to take a photograph.

Early in March we mentioned that we are putting cuttings into 70mm pots rather than small 38mm containers. This change appears to be having positive results with many cuttings striking rather rapidly.

Winter is on the way and this week we spent some time cutting firewood. In days gone by a number of large Eucalypts were ringbarked (for what reason we know not). Occasionally these trees fall and become fuel for our heater.

Whilst exploring an older section of the gardens we came across an Actinostrobus pyramidalis plant that we had forgotten about. This Western Australian conifer was carrying cones. We collected some and will propagate more of this graceful plant.

This week saw the arrival of an eagerly awaited book. Eremophilas and Allied Genera by R. J. Chinnock is a magnificent publication. Each species has a botanical description, drawing of the growth habit, flower etc, a photograph and distribution map. All Eremophilas and Myoporums are covered as well as other genera that we donít know. The book is published by Rosenberg. This mighty tome runs to 672 pages and is a credit to the author and publisher.

Back to more mundane matters. After the rain and warm weather our plants are almost jumping out of the ground. This week we spent some time pruning to ensure that plants keep dense and compact.

Grey Kangaroos often congregate, in the afternoon, to the west of our house near a small dam. This week they were joined by two male Wallaroos and one female. We saw one male a few weeks ago but it is a long time since we have observed three at the same time.

One day this week we were collecting cuttings from the oldest section of our gardens and came across a pair of Greenhood Orchids. They are probably Pterostylis truncata but we stand to be corrected on this identification.  

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