Week 2 December 2008: Rain = 31 mm
This week we covered some of our fruit trees with netting to protect the developing fruit from hungry birds. We hope to harvest some peaches and nectarines.
When we were wandering around the garden we found a Banksia blechnifolia with a flower spike. This is a ground covering species from Western Australia. This specimen is about four years old. We also found a white-flowering Melaleuca thymifolia in full flower. This small shrub is a native of New South Wales and Queensland.
The recent rain has triggered rapid grass growth and this week we mowed around our road and the large open area in front of the house with our ride-on mower. We find that mowing large areas is a very satisfying activity.
We have a large Acacia ingramii that bloomed bounteously this spring and then became covered with seed pods. This week we harvested the pods and extracted the seeds. Some we will sow and the rest will be sent to the Acacia Study Group seed bank. Acacia ingramii is a beautiful local Wattle and we would like to see more native plant enthusiasts cultivating the species.
This week we sowed tomato seeds and also planted out some tomato plants. We have found that many tomato varieties are happy growing together with our native plants.
Some struck cuttings were potted on this week including Grevillea anethifolia and a red-flowered form of Grevillea juniperina. Both species grow well at Yallaroo and flower profusely.
A large Blue-tongued Lizard appeared in the garden during the week. We occasionally see these interesting reptiles in the garden. We have identified six lizard species that call Yallaroo home. Jacky Lizards have been very prominent in our gardens this spring.
One day this week we visited a garden near Armidale. The garden had an interesting mix of native and exotic plants with a number of attractive Eremophila species. The garden is also a haven for small native birds.