Week 2 August 2011: Rain = 17 millimetres. This was very welcome rain.

Early in the week we spent a day in Inverell a town north west of Yallaroo. Firstly we visited Goonoowigall State Conservation Area just outside of Inverell. This is an interesting bushland area with plenty of walking tracks and interesting plants. Acacia leptoclada is a medium wattle with bipinnate foliage and large golden yellow, globular flower heads. The plants were almost ready to burst into bloom. In a week’s time they would have lit up the surrounding bushland.

Whilst in Inverell we visited the Tree Tenders Nursery. This used to be a State Forest Nursery but was acquired by a job training agency. They have a wide range of plants, mainly natives, in a range of sizes. We purchased a number of plants including Correa Lemon Twist, Grevillea Fireworks and Grevillea Lady O. These were in 15 centimetre pots. As well as these we bought some Banksia serrata plants. These were in tubes and were only $1 each.

On the way home we stopped along the road to look at some small wattles in flower. They were a form of Acacia flexifolia. Usually this species grows into a medium upright shrub. The plants, in the roadside population, were only one metre tall with a similar spread. The flowers were bright yellow and there was some evidence of suckering. Some cutting material was collected.

Later in the week we visited the Armidale Bunnings Hardware and purchased a double grafted plum. This was good buying at less than $30.

Speaking of fruit trees this week we cut down our peach and nectarine trees to about 60 centimetres above the ground. We hope to keeps the trees at a manageable height. Fruit fly is a problem and in the future we may get rid of our peaches and nectarine plants.

Firewood collection continued this week as winter has not released its grip on the Northern Tablelands.

Although still in the grip of the cold weather many Acacias have started to flower and the garden is becoming a blaze of golden yellow. Because we are growing a range of wattle species this blooming bonanza should continue until October.

This week we fitted in some potting on. Cuttings of Prostanthera staurophylla and seedling Hakea decurrens were potted on.

A flock of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are still around. Their visits are usually for a day or so. This time they have been around for about a fortnight.

We also managed to mulch some of our newer plantings this week.


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