Week 1 November 2002: The big dry continues. This drought has become very serious for farmers and graziers. It may be the worst drought in 100 years.
Visited a local garden that has a restful collection of native and exotic shrubs. They have lost a few plants but overall there has been a high survival rate. We collected some cuttings from some unusual hybrid Correas.
A pair of swallows is nesting in a mud nest on our front verandah. This nest has been there for about three years and is occupied every spring.
Plenty of  watering and mulching young plants in our Lawn Garden. We saw a pair of Crimson Rosellas feasting on maturing wattle seeds in one of our Acacias.
We have a number of Myoporum floribundum flowering in our gardens. Each branch is crowded with small white flowers. They are very attractive to native insects. Two species of native bees were busy collecting pollen from the flowers. No exotic honeybees were attracted to the flowers (they are probably to small). On larger flowers honeybees compete with native insects for nectar and pollen.
Entertained two groups at Yallaroo this week. Firstly there was a group of horticultural students from the Tamworth College of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). They had a look at the garden and propagating area. The second group was from the University of New England. They are going to do research on the salt tolerance of some native plants. We selected members of the Myoporum genus for this research. We have four species at Yallaroo and they collected material from these plants. Myoporums propagate readily from cuttings.

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