Week 1 March 2011:  Rain = 38.5 millimetres

This week we spent part of a morning watering our newer plantings from our grey water supply. This will supplement the rain that has fallen this week.

We visited friends that have a place east of Yallaroo. They are establishing a mixed garden of natives and exotics. They have become interested in plant propagation and we are able to give them some advice on this addictive activity. In return we received four Hakea salicifolia plants that they had raised from seed from one of our specimens. A good time was had by all.

Planting total this week = 25.

A prickly cucumber also known as the African Horned Melon (Cucumis metuliferus) came up in one of our gardens a few weeks ago. The seed came from another plant that was in the garden last year. We regarded the plant as a curiosity and did not try eating the fruit until this week. The fruit is about as big as an apple cucumber and looks like a hand grenade with a bad case of acne and has a fresh cucumber taste. Fruits and the rest of the plant are covered in spines and prickles. The plant is about five metres long by four metres wide and the foliage hides many prickly fruits. We will probably make relish from some of the fruits.

We potted on a number of struck cuttings including Leptospermum “Mesmer Eyes” and the very rare Asterolasia species from a small population near Tamworth.


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