Week 1 October 2005: No rain this week.
Some weeds have appeared after the rain of the last few weeks and warm weather. Some time was spent removing these unwelcome intruders. We find that a large screwdriver is the best weed-removing tool. Once our plants develop, they shade the ground and inhibit weed seed germination and very few weeds appear in our established gardens.
One of our newer gardens suffered from the drought and also the unwelcome attention of rabbits. We replaced those plants that had expired and surrounded each plant with pieces of Cassinia. This seems to keep the rabbits away.
We have one Bulbine vagans in our garden. This week we removed half of the plant. This half was divided and we finished up with 15 new plants. They have been placed in tubes and will be planted out in the fullness of time. Bulbine bulbosa is the other species and it occurs naturally on Yallaroo. This species is an attractive plant but Bulbine vagans develops into a large clump with masses of yellow flowers and lends itself to division.
This week we noticed a White-eared Honeyeater clasping onto the trunk of an Orange Gum (Eucalyptus prava) rather like a Tree Creeper. There seemed to be a damp patch where the bird was perching. On closer inspection we found that the trunk had been scratched and sugary sap was exuding from the wound. Probably a possum or other animal had damaged the trunk. A few days later the wound had healed and no more sap was exuding.
We have Hakea nitida and Hakea lasiantha in full flower. Both are Western Australian natives and they were grown from seed that we collected on a trip to the west a few years ago. Some other plants flowering this week: Acacia mabellae, Hakea purpurea and many Westringias.
A few weeks ago we mentioned that a pair of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters were sighted the garden. This week they were spending some time feeding on the flowers in a Grevillea arenaria near our front verandah. This plant has become popular with many of our resident honeyeaters. The flowers are not particularly prominent but the birds are able to find them.
We used lots of grey water on our new gardens this week. We hear a lot of negative talk about grey water and its use in the garden. We have been using grey water for at least ten years with no ill-effects on any of our native plants.
This was a big week for the Sheathers. It is our 42nd wedding anniversary and our eldest daughter’s 10th anniversary.