Week 1 October 2015: No rain again this week.

This week we celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary.

To celebrate we potted on struck cuttings of Melaleuca wilsonii, Eremophila maculata x nivea, Westringia sp from Wollomombi Falls, east of Armidale and dwarf bean seedlings.

On our weekly shopping expedition we visited Bunnings hardware store and bought two 50 ml containers of red Clonex. We use this hormone gel on all our cuttings. Our supply was running rather low.

As the weather warms we are spending more time watering our tube plants, vegetable beds and blueberries that are in pots on our north-facing deck.

We have a number of Pandoreas (Wonga Vines) growing on our back patio. This week they burst into bloom with sprays of cream, tubular flowers. Melaleuca ericifolia and M. wilsonii are also in full flower.

This week we found time to plant 22 plants. The plants were well watered and mulched.

Pruning continued using our cordless hedge trimmer on various plants especially a number of correas.

We are very pleased with our fixed wireless broadband connection. It is about three weeks since we were connected. We are saving lots of time with our internet work. Putting items on the Australian Plant Society (APS) web site and on the local APS site plus of course our own site is so much faster. Also sending photo attachments via email is also rapid.

One morning we travelled west, of Yallaroo, along what is known as the Torryburn Road. Friends had asked about the small wattles that were flowering along this road. There was a large population of Acacia dawsonii with a few A. buxifolia growing at the same site.

We had a call from a colleague from our days at the University. She is writing a booklet about the hamlet of Wollomombi, east of Armidale and wanted photos and description of the Wollomombi Wattle (Acacia diphylla) to include in the publication. We were happy to oblige.

Wildlife observations: Last week we mentioned the Carpenter Bees visiting our Senna plants. This week they are still in the garden. Not only are they visiting the Sennas but also the blue flowers on our Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple) plants. Large females were burrowing into the Solanum flowers whilst the males buzzed around the females. Outside our ensuite window there was a Grey Kangaroo, with a joey in her pouch, feeding on the grass.


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