Week 2 April 2009:   Happy Easter

Rain 21.5 mm some very welcome moisture that filled our tank and refreshed the garden.

Every few days we have been picking Yellow Pear Tomatoes. This variety is a prolific producer of small pear-shaped tomatoes.

Two plants, in the garden, have burst into bloom. Callistemon Pink Champagne is one of the best pink-flowering bottlebrushes. Xerochrysum Diamond Head is a ground covering form of the well-known Golden Everlasting. The species was previously known as Helichrysum Diamond Head.

We were excited to find buds on a Eucalyptus boliviana this week. This is a rare species from the Bolivia Range, north of Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Our specimen is about four years old.

Some family members visited over Easter. A good time was had by all.

Spent some time potting on struck cuttings and seedlings. Included in the potting on was struck cuttings of the rare Asterolasia from the Tamworth area. We are propagating many cuttings of this interesting plant to distribute amongst other native plant enthusiasts.

One day we hosted a visit from the Armidale Town and Country Garden Club. About 30 members were shown around the garden. Lots of cutting material was collected and a good time was had by all.

Before the Garden Club visit we spent some time on our ride-on mower cutting the large area north of our house.

The road work continues outside Yallaroo. One day this week there was some blasting to remove large rocks. Unfortunately the blasting showered our shed and the area near the house with rocks. We had a close call when a rock fell about a metre from us. Next time more care will be taken with blasting. 

New on the Site: Boronia bipinnata, Bossiaea rhombifolia, Brachyscome stuartii, Hibbertia cistoidea, Micromyrtus sessilis, Welcome Swallow, White-browed Scrub Wren, White-eared Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater and Zieria laevigata.


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