Week 2 December 2005: Rain = 14.5mm
Early this week we attended a Christmas barbeque at Technical and Further Education College, Armidale with a horticultural class. We went with this class on a plant identification trip a couple of weeks ago. The group also visited Yallaroo.
Planted some dwarf bean seeds in twenty centimetre pots. We grew beans in pots last year and harvested many beans over a period of months.
We did some more planting this week. These plants went into a new garden bed between our
Correa Gardenand . Lawn Garden
Saw our resident Swamp Wallaby a few times this week. This particular Wallaby shelters in one of our dense gardens near the house.
We visited a property east of Yallaroo. We share the same environmental ideas as the owners. They are allowing most of the property to regenerate. We came across a rare Dipodium hamiltonianum orchid. This species is a close relative of the common Hyacinth Orchid except that the flowers are green instead of purplish-red.
Pruning was the order of the day this week. Callistemons and Westringias were some of the plants that received their annual trim.
The pond near our patio has become so choked with waterlilies that no water is visible. This week we removed all the waterlilies and used them as mulch. We decided that this pond is too small for exotic waterlilies. In future we will only use native aquatic plants.
A pair of Golden Whistlers has become resident around the house. We hear their tuneful call almost constantly. Hopefully they are nesting somewhere in the garden.
Outside our back door some Scrub Wrens, one day this week, were making alarm calls. We saw a Black Snake slither past the patio. Scrub Wrens are excellent snake detectors.
A number of plants are blooming this week. Acacia subulata, Grevillea Ember Glow and Melaleuca nesophila are all in full flower.
Back in September we went on an expedition to western
New South Wales. This week a number of the cutting we collected produced roots. Acacia conferta and Grevillea arenaria subsp canescens cuttings were potted on.
We visited a local High School this week. We were asked to identify plants in a rare native plant bed. Unfortunately most of the plants were not rare but a Eucalyptus and Acacia were of interest. We have to confirm the identification of these plants.