Week 1 September 2001: We have gone full circle and have been keeping the Garden diary for 12 months or 52 weeks. It will be interesting to see how much history is repeated.
7.5 mm of rain this week.
After the rain in August (we measured 40 mm) the ground is nicely moist and spent some time digging holes and planting in our Lawn Garden. With the amount of soil moisture we should have a reasonable display of native herbaceous plants this year.  We are hoping for a good display of Bulbine Lilies for two reasons. Firstly they are such cheerful plants and secondly a PhD student, from UNE, is going continue her research on these beautiful plants using populations at Yallaroo.
Another student, who is researching the pollination mechanism of Grevilleas, brought out some more cuttings of Grevillea rhizomatosa (this is the second lot he has kindly given us). We will be using different solutions on the cuttings to test, which is the most effective hormone for this species. Under our research item: Some Rare NE Grevilleas, we mistakenly said that this Grevillea reproduces solely from suckering. The species will produce seeds.
This week we found two birdís nests. White-browed Scrub Wrens have a nest in a Correa glabra close to our back door. White-eared Honeyeaters have a nest in Prostanthera rotundifolia about five metres from the back door. Two fledglings left the nest early this week. There is also a pair of Eastern Spinebills examining the Clematis vine growing on our patio posts. It is very satisfying when the local wildlife make use of the habitat we have created.
The 1st of September was Wattle Day and we did a quick census and recorded the number of wattles flowering on the day at Yallaroo. This included species native to Yallaroo and those we have cultivated. Finished up with a list of 32 blooming species with a number still to flower.
Took a short three-day holiday to the coast. Visited some friends at Sawtell, a coastal village near Coffs Harbour. On the way we visited a native nursery and got somewhat carried away. The range of plants was excellent and the prices were reasonable so we finished up with nearly 50 plants. We had just enough room for plants, two passengers and luggage. Included in our purchases was Grevillea mollis, a rare species from Northern NSW. Please email (yallaroo@bluepin.net.au) if you would like details of the nursery. We also visited the North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens at Coffs Harbour. There is plenty of natural bushland, a good mix of cultivated exotics and natives and a boardwalk through mangroves.
Finally on Friday, our segment for the Gardener of the Year Competition was broadcast on the Gardening Australia TV program. Rather a shock to see and hear yourself on TV. There is one member of the family that soon realized that he has a good face for radio. The winner will be announced on Friday 21st September at 6.30pm.

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