Week 2 April 2011:  Rain = 37 millimetres. Very welcome rain. It is three weeks since we recorded any rain. This fall filled our house tank and freshened up the garden.

One of our Hakea drupacea plants is covered in buds. This is the first time this specimen has flowered. The plant is over ten years old. We have other plants in the garden and hopefully this burst of buds will trigger the other specimens into activity.

This week we potted on some struck cuttings of Acacia cardiophylla. This is the first time that we have been able to propagate, from cuttings, a wattle with bipinnate foliage. We will be trying other species. Seedlings of Eucalyptus cladocalyx nana and struck cuttings of Eremophila maculata “Lipstick” were also potted on. This may be synonymous with Eremophila “Carmine Star”. Both Emu Bushes have large, deep pink flowers.

Saw our flock of eight or so Quail in the garden again this week. We are happy that their numbers have built up from the resident pair.

We also had another wildlife observation this week. When shopping, in Armidale, a flock of about 30 Corellas flew over the CBD. This is an unusual sighting for Armidale. We heard the birds long before we saw them.

Digging holes, planting and mulching continued this week. Planting total = 26.


Garden Diary