Week 1 May 2011: No rain again this week.

Planting total = 32 plants

This week our Acacia iteaphylla plants burst into bloom. This attractive species is known as the Flinders Range Wattle and comes from South Australia. The species is one of our favourite Wattles because it flowers throughout the cooler months and brings a spring feel to winter gardens.

Potting on proceeded this week with struck cuttings of Prostanthera nivea var induta and Darwinia citriodora plus seedlings of Casuarina cunninghamiana going into tubes. The Prostanthera comes from the Warrumbungle National Park in central New South Wales and has large and profuse mauve flowers. This Mint Bush probably deserves species status as it is very different to Prostanthera nivea, the Snowy Mint Bush.   

We had more quail sightings this week. There is a family of about eight that have taken up permanent residence.

We have started to plant in an area near our drive. Digging holes is rather difficult because of the number of rocks we are uncovering. The rocks come from when the local Council constructed our drive many years ago. On a positive note the garden will be well drained and we will use the rocks somewhere for low retaining walls.

We found a small Actinostrobus pyramidalis in one of our gardens. This species is a graceful, native conifer from Western Australia. Although less than two metres tall this specimen was carrying a number of unusual striped cones. All our native conifers have great horticultural potential and could be substituted, in some situations, for exotic conifers. They are certainly more drought resistant.


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