Week 1 September 2006: Rain = 9.5 mm
We wish all our readers a Happy Wattle Day (1st September). The Wattles in both our garden and surrounding bushland are putting on their annual floral extravaganza. Even after a very dry period the Wattles still bloom bounteously. This is one indication of the capacity of Australian native plants to survive and thrive with minimum water.
We continued digging holes and planting in the gardens surrounding our New Pond. We also moved sheets of corrugated iron from this area to expose new planting opportunities. Sawdust was also placed on the paths around the pond. This week 13 plants went into the ground.
Three frogs were observed in our New Pond this week. They were Spotted Grass Frogs. This pond is also becoming home to a number of Backswimmers.
Our resident Swamp Wallaby was observed again this week. This beautiful marsupial spends a lot of time resting in our densely planted garden beds and crashing through the undergrowth when disturbed.
We have been sowing lots of seeds. Some of our Eucalypt seeds are very old and we have been trying to revitalise them by placing the packets of seed in the fridge for a month or so. We will let you know when we have some results (either positive or negative) from this experiment.
At the end of the last summer we propagated some cuttings from the tomatoes that we were growing with our native plants. These plants survived in our plastic house and this week we planted one in the New Pond Garden. At the same time we planted a Sugar Pea plant in the same garden. We have more tomatoes and peas to plant.
The warming weather is bringing out the lizards. This week we saw a large skink on our front verandah and a Jackie Lizard near the house.
This week we had a day off and visited Tamworth. We purchased sundry items including an Eremophila drummondii, Hakea laurina and a strawberry plant from a large hardware store that also has a comprehensive garden centre. These plants were reasonably priced but we were not impressed by an Acacia Scarlet Blaze in a 15 centimetre pot. This plant was $24 and it was not a very inspiring specimen.
Two listeners to our radio programme dropped in three Jasminum suavissimum plants in large pots. This highly perfumed climber grows naturally their property.
This week a Eucalyptus bakeri and a Westringia eremicola burst into bloom. The Eucalypt has a few flowers but the Westringia is covered in blooms.
New on the site this week: Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve.