Week 1 November 2010:   Rain = 10 millimetres

Once again the rain has triggered a blooming floral extravaganza. Acacia retinodes, Kunzea bracteolata, Leptospermum rotundifolium and Melaleuca wilsonii are some of the shrubs that are blooming bounteously in the garden. Away from the garden, in our grassland areas, Chocolate Lilies (Dichopogon fimbriatus) and Bulbine Lilies (Bulbine bulbosa) are in full flower. The former species is filling the air with a rich chocolate aroma.

We potted on some struck cuttings of Grevillea wilkinsonii. This is a very rare species from the Snowy Mountains area of New South Wales.

More digging holes, planting and mulching this week. Fifteen plants found new homes in the garden.

On the vegetable front this week we started to pick broad beans. From 12 plants we are going to have a bumper crop.

Our big pond is full of large tadpoles and every night there is a chorus of frog calls from our ponds and dams.

This week a male King Parrot visited our bird feeder. This individual was obviously used to people as it ate seed out of our hands.

We had four unwelcome visitors one afternoon this week. Four feral pigs arrived in the garden. They dug up an area in one of our gardens before they were sorted out. Two pigs escaped “the sorting out” and have not returned.


Garden Diary