Week 1 October 2006: No rain this week.
This is an important week for our family. We celebrate two wedding anniversaries, ours and one of our daughters. They are both on the same date but separated by many years.
Some Western Australian plants have flowered this week. Eucalyptus kruseana produced one bloom whilst Hakea lasiantha and Hakea oleifolia both had a number of flowers. This was the first flowering for the latter species and the second year for Hakea lasiantha.
Two other interesting plants were found with flowers. One was Correa Point Hicks, a Victorian form of Correa reflexa. Patersonia occidentalis has flowered for the first time.
During the dry winter we appeared to lose a number of new plants. This week the majority, of these plants, are shooting either from their stems or from the roots. This is a promising development.
We indulged in more planting this week with 28 plants finding homes in our gardens.
Over the years many bird have nested in the dense Clematis vines growing on our patio supports. This spring a pair of Grey Thrushes nested in this safe haven. There may be three chicks in the nest and this week the parents were busy collecting insects for their family.
We also observed an Eastern Spinebill nest in one of our tall Hakea plants this week.
One day this week we returned to New England National Park, east of Armidale. We were Rangers there some years ago. We attended a function in the Park. John Williams, a botanist at the University of New England, passed away in August last year. John had a long association with the Park and a seat and information plaque commemorating John has been placed at the start of two walking tracks. A number of Johnís relatives, friends and colleagues attended the commemoration ceremony. We met a couple who were Rangers, in the Park, some years before our time. It was interesting to swap experiences.
On the way home we collected material from a couple of plants of interest. One was Grevillea acanthifolia subsp stenomera and the other was an unusual form of Grevillea juniperina. This form develops into a mounded ground cover with red flowers.
At the Grevillea site there is a small population of Callitris oblonga. We collected some seed cones. The tall shrubs were carrying many male flowers and they released clouds of pollen when the branches were shaken.
We potted on a number of seedlings this week. We have sown seeds, of many Australian plant species, in the last month or so. These will add variety to our gardens as we have sown species new to our collection.
New on the site this week: Hakea oleifolia, Patersonia occidentalis, Correa Point Hicks and Ranunculus inundatus.