Week 1 January 2002: A Happy New Year to all our readers. Unfortunately bushfires are still raging along the NSW coast and along the Great Dividing Range.
Spent some time weeding and mulching a new garden bed. We are now putting river sand around plants and then covering with chipped organic material. We saw this method used in a local native garden. In theory the sand will help to suppress weeds and reduce evaporation. We will see if practice matches theory. The spaces between plants will still be covered only by organic material.
We saw a splendid sight this week. Three Wedge-tailed Eagles put on an aerial display above Yallaroo. We often see single or pairs of Eagles but this is the first time we have seen three.
Potting on some Proteaceae in a mixture of elderly stable manure and river sand. We are trying some Banksias and cutting grown Waratahs. A Banksia robur has done very well in this mixture. We will report on the success or failure of this mixture.
Some Western Australian Banksias are doing well in the gardens at Yallaroo. Banksia media, Banksia baueri, Banksia repens and Banksia blechnifolia are all surviving and thriving.
Received an exciting phone call this week. A post-graduate student, at the University of New England is working on the Homoranthus genus. He has propagated many species and is giving us a number of plants. We will be establishing a Homoranthus garden and propagating cuttings from these specimens. Homoranthus belong to the Myrtaceae family and many species have great horticultural potential. We are very grateful for this generous gift.

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