Week 1 September 2009:

Both a Happy Fatherís Day and Happy Wattle Day whichever is appropriate.

We visited friends who are equally interested in growing Australian plants. Their garden is east of Yallaroo. They have an interesting collection of Acacias. Their drive is lined with many Wattle species and at this time of the year it is like driving through a golden tunnel. A very pleasant time was had by all.

On Wattle Day we had a phone call from Peter who works for ABC Toowoomba in southern Queensland. Peter used to work for ABC Tamworth. We did an interview, with Peter, about Acacias. This will be downloaded onto their local web site.

Some struck cuttings were potted including a number of Asterolasia cuttings. This is a very rare species from near Tamworth.

We have a number of large Skink Lizards that live around our house. One individual has chosen to live in the house. One day this week we managed to remove this lizard to the garden. Two days later it was back inside. We have decided to share our living quarters with this domesticated reptile.

A number of spring-flowering plants have bloomed for the first time this week including: Acacia ashbyae, Acacia concurrens, Grevillea Bedspread, Grevillea Fanfare, Grevillea ripicola and Leionema elatius (previously known as Phebalium elatius).

We had some Chokos that sprouted and this week we cut the bottoms out of two large pots placed them near our patio and shed, filled them with soil and planted the chokos in them. Hopefully they will climb up the patio support posts and wire netting on our shed and grow into the soil below the pots.

We have a Goodenia ovata seedling that came up in a pile of sand that was moved from our old propagating shed. Probably the seed was in the sand. The plant is very healthy and cuttings will be taken so specimens may be planted in other parts of the garden.

We have a pair of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters spending time in the shrubs near the house. They have visited, in other years, for a few days but this present pair has been around for a while.

Our peaches and nectarines have just finished flowering and small fruits are developing. This week we made up some fruit fly attractant. The liquid is placed in soft drink bottles, with small holes around the top and hung in trees surrounding our orchards. Hopefully the flies will favour the attractant over the fruit. The attractant consists of water, ammonia, vanilla and sugar.

A few more early mornings to bed this week as we watched the One Day Cricket series between England and Australia. We may have lost the Ashes but our team is thrashing the English side in this shortened version of the game.

New on the Site: Acacia ashbyae, Acacia concurrens, Grevillea Bedspread, Grevillea Fanfare, Grevillea ripicola and Leionema elatius.


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