Week 1 November 2004: Rain = 33.5 mm.

Our peach and nectarine trees are carrying developing fruit. This week we covered the trees with netting to protect the fruit from Crimson Rosellas and other birds. One tree that is covered in fruit is a self-sown nectarine. We will be interested in the edibility of the fruit. If satisfactory then we will propagate some cuttings from this tree.

We have a Grevillea Pink Surprise growing beside our north facing deck. The plant is about two metres tall and each spring had developed a number of buds. These buds never developed. Last March we watered the plant with soluble Sulphate of Potash dissolved in 10 litres of water. At the moment “Pink Surprise” is covered with at least 80 flowers and buds. Honeyeaters are regular visitors. Potash may have encouraged this blooming bonanza. We will be treating other plants and observing any results.

We have a Eucalyptus leucoxylon that is also flowering. This species varies in colour from white through pink to red. Fortunately our specimen has red flowers.

Black Snakes are fairly common in summer around Yallaroo. Although venomous they are not aggressive. This week the small birds around the house became very agitated. The reason for this unrest was the appearance of a Brown Snake in one of our gardens. Brown Snakes are also venomous and at times may be aggressive. We will be rather vigilant and listen for the early warning signals from our local birds.

Spring is the open garden season throughout Australia. This week a number of gardens, in the Armidale district, were opened for public inspection. We attended one garden and gave a plant propagation demonstration. Some plants were for sale at this garden. The Mole Station Nursery near Tenterfield supplied the plants. Of course we purchased some plants. We were pleased to see some plants had been propagated from material supplied from the gardens at Yallaroo. There was a hybrid Acacia, a hybrid Kunzea and a local Westringia.

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