Week 1 August 2003: Only 2 mm this week.Garden Diary
More heavy frosts this week. Fortunately no more damage to our water works. Some of our new plants do look a trifle relaxed but hopefully they will recover in spring.
Our Big Pond (no relation to Telstra) froze over one morning. A pair of Crimson Rosellas skated around on the surface trying to get at the water. The ice had melted by mid-morning.
Whist collecting kindling for our fire we came across a new colony of feral Grevilleas not far from the house. There were eight individuals in this colony with three different leaf shapes. If we lived in an area of natural bushland we would be concerned about the arrival of feral hybrid Grevilleas. Our situation is somewhat different. We are establishing gardens on what was a large sheep camp, which came with the usual noxious and obnoxious plants. Any native plants that compete with the horehound, stinging nettles and various thistles are welcome. Also a number of previous feral hybrid Grevilleas have proved to be attractive and hardy horticultural subjects and we have taken cuttings from these plants to ensure their survival.
Lots of Correa cuttings have struck. This week we potted on about 25 struck cuttings that we collected from a friendís garden. Also we received some cutting material from a friend in Tamworth. This Correa is of unknown origin but has attractive foliage and flowers.
A large Wedge-tailed Eagle landed in a tree near the house one day this week. Unfortunately it was too well hidden by the foliage to allow photos to be taken.
Trying out some mulching mats on the trees we are planting beside our road. These mats are being made in Armidale from recycled paper products. They are about one and a half centimetres thick and thirty centimetres square. We are trialling them to see how effective they are in reducing evaporation and weed growth. They could be suitable for large scale farm planting.
New this week: in our Plant Section: Acacia ixiophylla. In our Research Section: Bonsai