Week 1 September 2005: Rain = 64.5 mm. This was a great fall of rain over one night. The tanks are filled and water is running into our dams.
Wattle Day was the 1st of September and this was the day that we travelled back home from our family visit (see Week 4 August). Wattles were flowering all the way along the New England Highway . Acacia buxifolia was a small species that was widespread along the way home.
We stopped at the Forestry Nursery at Muswellbrook. We bought a number of plants (as per usual). Some were old stock and these were 90 cents/tube. We bought some of these. The average cost of our purchases was $1.73/tube.
Some of our Wattles had flowered when we were away. Acacia polybotrya and Acacia vestita are in full flower with Acacia neriifolia and Acacia cultriformis buds swelling.
Quite a few kitchen paper seeds germinated when we were away. We potted on these seedlings this week. Most were Acacias with a few Hakeas.
There is a garden east of our house that is dominated by a Eucalyptus laevopinea. For this reason this is known as the Stringy Garden .  There a Eucalyptus magnificata (Blue Box) in this garden. Last spring the Blue Box had six flowers. This spring the tree is covered in buds and this week the Blue Box started to flower.
Last year our son, Lachlan, gave us four Western Australian Banksias and Dryandras as a present. This week we found three buds on a Dryandra nivea. This may be a first for a local garden. On our weekly shopping expedition we purchased some Wild May fruit fly attractant. This solution attracts male fruit flies. We have heard reports that this is a very effective attractant. Last year there were a few fly in our nectarines and peaches. Wild May should nip this problem in the bud (pun intended).

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