Week 2 August 2005: No rain this week.
We spent some time building a small rock wall in one of our newer gardens. One side, of the garden, is on a steep slope. The rock wall will retain soil and allow us to plant ground covers that will spill over the wall. Eventually the wall will be about five metres long. One thing that we have, in abundance, at Yallaroo is rocks.
This week we finished listing all the digital plant images that we have accumulated over the past two years. We now have a reasonable collection and we are adding to it constantly. Many images will be used on our site and we are working on some PowerPoint presentations to be used when speaking to garden clubs.
Rabbits are a problem, in new gardens, at the moment. We spread blood and bone to deter them and we are also spreading branches of Cassinia on the beds. Rabbits prefer open areas to do their digging.
Two books arrived this week. One is Native Plants of the Sydney Region by Alan Fairley and Philip Moore. The second book is A Guide to Plants of Inland Australia also by Philip Moore. The former book has photos and descriptions the Sydney flora. The latter describes, with images, about 800 species of the flora of Australia ís dry inland. This region is home to many natives with horticultural potential.
Test cricket ( Australia vs. England ) was on again this week so we had a number early mornings (getting to bed about 3.30 am). This is a very exciting series.
This week we experienced a number of heavy frosts. Some of our newer plantings have become a little relaxed. Hopefully they will recover in spring.
Our Eucalyptus albens, White Box, are still flowering prolifically. Rainbow Lorikeets, Wattle Birds and honeybees are all busy amongst the flowers.
A pair of Grey Thrushes is spending their time around the house. They are probably looking for nesting sites. Thrushes have nested near the house and shed for the past three years.

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