Week 1 May 2015: Rain = 9 millimetres
The cold weather has arrived and this week we commenced our autumn/winter ritual of lighting our wood heater nightly. We have already cut up some firewood and more will be cut in the near future.
Planting continued with holes dug, 40 plants going into the ground, watering these plants and then mulching them.
Because the evaporation rate has dropped, due to the colder weather, our tubed plants are only watered every two or three days.
Potting on continued this week. Rooted cuttings of Grevillea jephcottii, G. lanigera, Eremophila Kalbarri Carpet, E. densifolia, Melaleuca diosmatifolia and Prostanthera melissifolia all found homes in tubes. We have almost caught up with the struck cuttings that need potting on. Of course there are plenty of cuttings in the propagating unit that will be taking root at regular intervals.
On a culinary, rather than horticultural note, this week we picked up a new wall oven. Our present one failed recently. Hopefully the new unit will be installed shortly.
Wildlife observations: Only one this week. A Fantailed Cuckoo spent a few days in the trees near the house. This was an unusual sighting as usually they only come around in the spring nesting season.