Week 1 may 2008:  No rain

We potted on more seedlings this week including Hakea pycnoneura and Senna artemisioides. We also potted on struck cuttings of Xerochrysum “Diamond Head”.

The two Little Grebes that appeared on our Big Dam last week are still there. They may become permanent residents. If they stay until spring they may nest.

Digging holes, mulching and planting continued this week. Fifteen plants found homes in our Triangle Garden.

This week we entertained some visitors. Relatives popped in for the afternoon on their way home from a trip to Glen Innes. We also showed the garden to a couple of interested gardeners from the local area. We all had an interesting afternoon.

We spent one afternoon watering our newer gardens with grey water. It is important to keep up the soil moisture level during this very dry period.

One day we had a visit from the editor and photographer from the Armidale Express newspaper. They are doing an article on the garden for their monthly My Life magazine. We have been writing articles for this paper for over 20 years.

We had a minus and a plus with wildlife this week. Our resident Swamp Wallaby ate most of the leaves off our lemon tree. We have now placed a wire cage around the lemon to protect the remaining foliage. We didn’t mind the Wallaby eating the leaves off a feral peach tree that has appeared near our back patio.

Recently a flock of Double Bar Finches are spending time near the house. One of our birdbaths is proving very popular. One day this week we observed Silvereyes, Brown-headed Honeyeaters, White-naped Honeyeaters, White-eared Honeyeaters, Yellow-faced Honeyeaters  and a White-plumed Honeyeater using the birdbath.

 

Garden Diary