Week 1 March 2007: Rain = 46mm. Beautiful rain caused our tanks to overflow and Big Dam to fill.
We spent time planting in an area on the south side of our propagating structure. This is near the caravan that we lived in while our house was being put together about 11 years ago. So we will call this new area our Caravan Garden.
We finished planting natives in the largest section of our old Vegetable Garden. This section has an area of 86 square metres and is now home to over 200 native ground covers and shrubs.
One morning this week we saw a small flock of Rainbow Birds flying over Yallaroo. These colourful birds come down from South-east Asia in spring, nest and then return north in autumn. The birds we saw were returning north.
Blue-banded Bees have returned to our Derwentia arenaria flowers this week. They usually appear every summer and visit blue and mauve flowering native plants.
The co-host our ABC gardening programme mentioned using Vegemite on cuttings to promote root development during her segment this week. We have set up some trials to test how effective Vegemite is on native cuttings. We are using Eremophila, Callistemon and Myoporum cuttings. One pot, of each species, has been dipped in Clonex, our usual cutting dip and a second has been treated with Vegemite. We will post the results when hopefully the cuttings strike.
Before Christmas a friend gave us some cuttings from a population of Westringias from the gorge country, east of Armidale. We initially thought that this was a new population of an unnamed Gorge Westringia with affinity to Westringia glabra. The cuttings struck and now we think that this may be a new species. The foliage and flowers are different to the well-known Gorge Westringia. We will consult botanists from the University of New England and will let readers know if this is a new species.
This week we found some seedlings of the Gorge Westringia in one of our gardens. Some will be left in place whilst others will be translocated to other areas.
Two Wattles are in full flower, in the garden, this week. Acacia deanei and Acacia iteaphylla are bringing a spring feel to our early autumn garden.
Our bird feeder is proving to be very successful. Crimson Rosellas, Galahs and King Parrots are all regular visitors.
New on the Site: Gahnia aspera and Grevillea teretifolia.

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