Week 1 July 2002: No rain this week. El Nino seems to have arrived. Native plants, with their ability to survive in droughts, come into their own at times like this.
The Walcha Garden Club visited this week. Walcha is a town east of Armidale and has very harsh, frosty winters. Some members of the Club have difficulty in establishing some natives and also some exotics because of the severe frosts. Other members, who live out of town and away from frosts, are able to cultivate a wide range of natives, including Waratahs. We always learn something from these garden visits.
Lots of Grey Kangaroos are also visiting Yallaroo. Because of the food shortage they have acquired a taste for some of our plants. Lemon and Correa glabra foliage is highly favoured. They do not eat other Correas. Correa glabra is the only species with aromatic foliage. Perhaps this has something to do with their preference for this species.
This week we had an exciting horticultural breakthrough. We have managed to strike cuttings of a rare local Asterolasia, a member of the Rutaceae family. There are only a couple of plants surviving in the wild. Hopefully we will be able to build up numbers and eventually plants will be reintroduced into the wild. We will also be giving plants to other enthusiasts to ensure the survival of the species. This is all in the future. The struck cuttings will have to survive and thrive first. This species is an erect shrub with attractive five-petalled spring flowers. It is certainly a native plant with great horticultural potential.
What's new? This week we are posting images and information on our overseas trip. In environment see: Kew Alpine House; Kew's Horticultural Surprises; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Also in plants: Eremophila calorhabdos; Eremophila polyclada; Telopea mongaensis; Telopea oreades.