Week 1 January 2009: No rain this week
A Happy and Horticulturally Successful New Year to One and All.
Peace returned to Yallaroo this week when our family members returned to their respective residences. We had a great time and always enjoy their visits.
Potting on commenced again this week. Among the struck cuttings were some red-flowering Correas from the Torrington area. We thought that this was a form of Correa reflexa but we read somewhere that it may be given species status.
We also potted on some Grevillea juniperina subsp allojohsonii. This is an interesting subspecies that grows east of Armidale along the Waterfall Way. Prickly foliage, red flowers and a mounded ground cover growth habit are characteristics of this Grevillea. We have not observed this subspecies anywhere else and it will make an interesting addition to our collection.
We have been collecting ripe wattle seeds over the past couple of weeks. We tried sowing some of these seeds fresh from the pod without treating them with boiling water. Acacia diphylla and Acacia pycnostachya seeds were sown and within ten days they germinated. Their seed coats probably did not have time to harden. Acacia polybotrya seeds were also collected this week.
We have reported on regular sighting of a pair of Quail. This week they were seen and heard frequently. Looks like they may have taken up residence.
One day we saw a Blue-banded Bee visiting flowering Derwentia arenaria plant. Last spring and summer these native bees were constant visitors. This season they are rather thin on the ground or perhaps that should be thin in the air.
Some of our Eucalypts are budding-up for the first time. One was Eucalyptus pumila a rare mallee from the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney. The other budding Eucalypt was Eucalyptus gillii another mallee this time from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and western New South Wales. Both plants are less than five years old.
We have fully recovered from our internal plumbing work done in November so planting resumed this week. Twelve plants went into the ground. We have a large backlog of plants ready to go into the ground so digging holes will be one of our main activities in the foreseeable future.
This season we have plenty of Jacky Lizards in the garden. They range in size from large to small. One day this week we saw a middle-sized one on the back patio. It seemed to have growths on its body but they turned out to be skin being shed in pieces (see image).