Week 1 December 2007: Rain = 49.5mm a splendid amount. Water is running into our dams and the tank is overflowing. Some of this water was transferred into our irrigation tank.

Grey Thrushes laid three eggs in the nest in our plastic house in the first week in November. This is the second time this nest has been used. This week the three eggs hatched.

Myxomatosis is still active and this week there were a number of infected rabbits in the garden.

Calotis lappulacea has come up in large numbers. Their bright yellow flowers form golden carpets.

Planting is continuing in our new Orchard Garden. This area has more rock than soil so we will be interested in how the plants cope with this extremely well-drained area. We also dug holes and mulched in other areas.

We have a number of Callistemons growing on the island in our Big Dam. This week both Callistemon pungens and Callistemon sieberi were flowering.

On the edge of the Big Dam we planted some Melaleuca alternifolia plants some years ago. This week they commenced their annual floral extravaganza.  

Our son, who lives in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, wants to plant Brachyscome multifida plants along his front fence. This week we prepared 180 cuttings for this project. These attractive native daisies take root rapidly.

One afternoon a flock of Swifts flew around Yallaroo. They appear every year about this time but only spend a short time performing their high speed, high altitude acrobatics.

A new Myoporum (for us) started to flower in tubes in our plastic house. Myoporum betcheanum has white flowers and soft leaves. We collected cuttings from a local garden a few months ago. We now have at least six Myoporum species in our gardens.

This week we received an early Christmas present. The Tamworth Bird Watchers sent a copy of Seldom Seen Rare Plants of the Sydney Region by Alan Fairley. This is a very interesting publication and covers the rare plants north to the Central Coast, south to Jervis Bay and west Lithgow. Each species is described with a brief history of its discovery. The book also contains biographical details of botanists and collectors of the Sydney region. This publication would be a useful addition to the library of anyone interested in native plants in general and rare species in particular.

We spent some time potting on seedlings and struck cuttings during the week.

Towards the end of the week we found a Melaleuca macronycha plant in full flower. This species has large, red bottlebrush-like flowers.

We repaired part of our eastern fence one day this week. A horse belonging to our neighbour managed to breech our defences.

There are a number of interesting plants growing in this area including Buttercups, Chocolate Lilies and Fringed Violets.

New on the Site: Callistemon pungens, Callistemon sieberi and Myoporum betcheanum.


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