Week 1 November 2006: Rain = 104mm. This welcome rain filled our tanks, topped up our dams and revitalised our gardens.
Coming back from a shopping trip we saw a Wallaroo crossing the road. This is the first Wallaroo we have sighted for at least 12 months.
This week, after the rain, we did some weeding in our New Pond Garden. This is an ongoing task in new gardens. We eventually eradicate weeds in the garden beds. Our close planting eventually shades the ground and reduces weed seed germination. Of course mulch and ground covers also contribute to weed eradication.
There were a number of Armidale gardens open for inspection this weekend. We gave a talk, about providing havens for small native birds, at one of the gardens. We spoke on a verandah and at one stage the rain was so heavy, on the roof, that we had to shout to make ourselves heard. This is rather a dramatic change in the weather.
Some years ago we planted a Grevillea banksii in one of our gardens. The plant grew rapidly but did not flower. About two months ago we treated the plant with soluble potash and this week the plant burst into bloom. We counted about 50 buds waiting in the wings. We are not sure if the potash triggered the flowering. Certainly the potash did not have a detrimental effect on the plant. We really needed a second similar specimen that we did not treat so that we could observe the difference between treated and untreated plants.
We received two CDs this week. They contained photographs of the plants taken by members of the Australian Plant Society as they travelled around the Northern Tablelands previewing sites for an excursion after a Newcastle Native Plant Conference next October. Yallaroo in on the itinerary and the group visited early in October. The CDs were gratefully received.
We purchased another book this week. Grow What Where lists over 3000 native plants in 100 lists such as ground covers, fence screening, bogs and ponds, conifers etc. This is a very useful book and also includes a CD with full listings.
New on site this week: Grevillea banksii.