Week 1 June 2006: Rain = 3mm
One day this week we observed a White-plumed Honeyeater visiting one of our bird baths. This is only the third time that we have sighted this honeyeater at Yallaroo.
A solitary White Box (Eucalyptus albens) is flowering. The flowers are being visited by Noisy Miners, one of the scourges of Australia’s avian population. Where there is no shrub understorey they tend to chase away smaller birds. Fortunately our dense plantings are not to their liking.
Even in these very dry conditions some plants are managing to flower. A Myoporum montanum has white flowers along some branches.
More planting was undertaken this week with another 21 plants finding a home in one of our gardens.
A piece of Eucalyptus albens was received in the mail this week. It had some strange growths coming out of the stem (see image). The narrow, leaf-like growths are galls. Each structure contains a small insect.
We received two interesting emails this week. They were from the Herbarium of the University of New England and had information on a rare plant (Bertya ingramii) from Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. A new population, of this rare species, has been discovered. We also received info on a beautiful Grass Tree (Xanthorrhea) that grows in northern New South Wales.
A botanical artist visited Yallaroo this week. She is preparing some watercolour paintings of local native plants. We were able to provide flowering material from our gardens.
We cut up some firewood this week. There is plenty of dead timber lying around Yallaroo. These dead trees are a reminder of the old days when extensive clearing was a fact of life on Yallaroo. We only light our wood heater at night. During the day we are usually outside.