Week 1 May 2012: No rain this week.

Planting out continued this week with another 30 plants going into the ground. We also planted seedling Kale and Rocket in one of our vegetable rings.

This week we also indulged in some macro pruning. We used the chainsaw to cut down a large Acacia diphylla and an Acacia covenyi/Acacia vestita hybrid. Both plants have grown so large that they are blocking part of our extensive western view. They may sprout from the roots and if they do then we will keep them pruned to a lower, non-view blocking height. If they do not sprout then there will be room to plant other shorter shrubs.

Speaking of pruning. A few months ago we pruned, but not to ground level, a Grevillea Pink Surprise. This plant is now covered with large, pink, flower heads. We gave up counting after we reached 70 flower heads. A very satisfactory result for a few minutes work.

Potting on also continued this week. Rooted cuttings of Prostanthera phylicifolia and Myoporum floribundum found homes in individual tubes.

We recently found a small frog in our big pond. It was about two centimetres long with black, warty skin and a red line down the back. We sent a photo to the Australian Museum and they identified the amphibian as one of the Burrowing Frogs or Pobblebonks probably Lymnodynastes dumerilii. Both the Australian Museum in Sydney and the Melbourne Museum have a free identification service. The Australian Museum site: www.australianmuseum.net.au  Scroll down the home page to the bottom and click on contact form.

On our regular shopping trip, to Armidale, we came across a flock of Blue Faced Honeyeaters in a supermarket car park. This is our first sighting of these honeyeaters in Armidale.

One consequence of having large, dense shrubberies is that we often find plants that we had forgotten about. This week was no exception. One day we found a Banksia Giant Candles, hidden amongst other shrubs, with two developing flower spikes. A very pleasant surprise.

On the weekend members of the Tamworth Group of the Australian Plant Society visited Yallaroo. We spent a very pleasant afternoon looking at and talking about native plants. We were presented with a box of very healthy Australian plants.


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