Week 1 April 2015: Rain = 83 millimetres fantastic rain in the first week of April particularly when the monthly average is only 46 mm. This rain has set the garden up nicely for the next few months. Our tank is full and the soil moisture level has increased dramatically.

Spurred on by the rain planting has continued with 36 plants finding homes in our new garden, north of the house. This garden is coming along very well with plants putting on lots of new growth.

We sprayed the weeds around the border of our northern garden with glyphosate. We use this herbicide sparingly. Used correctly it is a useful tool for weed control.

There is a Banksia Giant Candles in one of our older gardens. This week we were pleasantly surprised to find three large flower spikes developing on this plant. Hakea drupacea is producing many white flowers and Hakea verrucosa is bursting into bloom.

Potting on continued this week. Struck cuttings of Boronia Pink Passion, Hemiandra pungens, Grevillea lanigera and Brachyscome Break O Day all found their way into tubes. This latter variety is a form of  Brachyscome multifida.

Wildlife observations: Plenty of avian sightings this week. A Peewee or Magpie Lark was sighted on our mown area. A Yellow Robin and Rufous Whistler were in a large stringybark near our entrance road. A large flock of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike spent some time flying around one of our large Eucalyptus albens trees. A flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills spent some time on the mown area near the shed. The White-eared Choughs returned this week. We disturbed a flock south of the house and a couple of days later there was a flock of 16 just outside our gate. We are always happy to see these gregarious, if somewhat raucous, birds.

Moving away from birds, a Red-necked Wallaby was feeding on the mown area north of the house. Near the Banksia Giant Candles, mentioned above, we saw a paper wasp nest. Usually these wasps are very aggressive but this colony was rather subdued. They usually hibernate in winter so the cooler autumn temperatures are slowing them down.


Garden Diary