Week 1 May 2014:  Rain = 15 millimetres this week

Planting continued with 14 plants finding homes in the newish garden to the north of the house. We sowed parsley, beetroot and spinach seeds. We are revitalising our vegetable beds. Previously we found that wallabies and kangaroos were taking a liking to our vegetables. Each bed now has a cage of wire netting and this seems to deter our gourmet macropods.

We potted on struck cuttings of Asterolasia species and Acacia leptoclada. The Asterolasia is a very rare species from a small area near Tamworth, about 100 kilometres south of Yallaroo.

Part of a day was spent in Uralla, about 25 kilometres from Yallaroo. We took our visiting relative to look at the various shops. She went home mid week.

After dropping her off at the train we visited the local Bunnings hardware store. Amongst our purchases were a Crowea Ecstasy and a large Banksia integrifolia. This latter plant was over a metre tall and was only $15.

One day was extremely cold and windy. No outside work was undertaken and we lit our wood heater for the first time this season.

We have a Grevillea humilis flowering. This species is a small, spreading shrub with pink flowers. This would be an excellent candidate for a native cottage garden.  

This week’s wildlife observations: a flock of five Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos were observed and heard flying over. We saw a Swamp Wallaby grazing on the grass beside our road (better than grazing on our vegetables) and one afternoon a large flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills were feeding on our mown area, north of the house.


Garden Diary