Week 1 December 2010: Rain = 77.5 millimetres Still the rain continues in this extraordinary year.

One afternoon we saw a Red-necked Wallaby eating some of the thistles that have appeared in our garden after the almost continuous rain. We could do with a lot more Red-necked Wallabies to organically reduce our thistle population.

Some juvenile birds have appeared around the house and in the garden. There is one young Willie Wagtail and four juvenile Welcome Swallows. The Willie Wagtail spends time in the garden beds near the house whilst the baby Swallows rest on the table on our deck after their flying training.

Two Kunzeas are now in full flower. Kunzea ambigua has fluffy white flowers and Kunzea ericoides is covered in small white flowers similar in shape to Leptospermum blooms. At one time this species was known as Leptospermum phylicoides.

This week we attended the local Australian Plant Society’s Christmas function. We visited two local gardens. The first garden featured many Prostantheras (Mint Bushes) plus a wide range of other interesting native plants. The second garden was home to another interesting range of native plants. We were interested to see specimens of Grevillea evansiana and Grevillea floribunda. The former species comes from Wollemi National Park and the latter is widespread species with a population growing along the Gwydir River, about one kilometre from Yallaroo. We were allowed to take cuttings from both plants.

We have specimens of Acacia cheelii and Acacia pycnostachya in the garden. Both species are loath to produce seed although they flower frantically every spring. This year both Wattles have produced reasonable crops of seed pods. Perhaps this activity was triggered by the bounteous rainfall.

New on the Site: Callistemon Demesne Pink Alma, Callistemon linearis, Callistemon pearsonii, Melaleuca nodosa and Pterostylis rufa. 


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