Week 1 March 2002: Dug up a burrowing frog in our Pole Garden. These are fairly large amphibians (about 7 cm long) that dig holes in the ground and virtually hibernate in dry times. When weather conditions improve, they return to the surface and seek out bodies of water. The frog we dug up was bulging at the seams with water. It was released into one of our ponds.
The young Channeled-billed Cuckoo, mentioned a few weeks ago, is still around. This large bird is still pestering its Currawong foster parents for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Spent some time moving sheets of corrugated iron to areas of our Lawn Garden. The iron will be left on the ground for two months or so. When the iron is lifted all the weeds will have expired and the ground will be ready for planting.
Young Red-browed Finches have left their nest that was built in a Clematis vine growing on our patio. Hard to tell how many chicks left the nest because they move so quickly around the garden.
We bought a Grevillea rhyolitica (Grevillea Deua Flame) a few months ago. The plant now resides in our Lawn Garden and is in full flower. Large pendulous clusters of red flowers light up this garden bed. This beautiful rare species propagates very easily from cuttings.
Eucalyptus boliviana is another rare and interesting plant incorporated into our gardens this week. This rare Eucalypt comes from a site north of Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. It develops a multi-stemmed, mallee growth habit. This newly discovered species has a bright horticultural future.
Lots of cuttings are taking root on our propagating bench. Acacia leptoclada is one species that has taken root. This rare wattle occurs in the Goonoowigall Bushland Reserve on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. We will be experimenting with more cuttings of Acacias. Cuttings taken from mature plants will flower much earlier than plants grown from seed.