Week 2 December 2010: Rain = 84 millimetres. This week’s rainfall almost equals December’s monthly average of 88 millimetres. One night this week we had an hour’s deafening rainfall. This was one of our heaviest downpours ever and produced 44 millimetres.

Two interesting books arrived this week. Eucalypts a Celebration by John Wrigley and Murray Fagg. This is a beautiful publication by two authors who have a string of interesting books dealing with many aspects of the Australian flora. This present publication has chapters dealing with the Biology, Classification, Social History and Horticulture of our iconic Eucalypts.

The other book is A Guide to the Beetles of Australia by George Hangay and Paul Zborowski. This publication bulges at the seams with interesting information about this large group of insects. Excellent photographs and text describes many species. This book will help to answer many of our entomological questions.

Both books are highly recommended and are available from Florilegium the Garden Bookstore, Sydney (www.florilegium.com.au) at very competitive prices.

Planting continued in between showers of rain with 13 plants going into the ground. The new plants were mulched and watered with grey water. We also weeded some areas that have become a trifle overgrown with unwelcome plants.

More plants are bursting into bloom. This week Acacia irrorata, Grevillea sericea and a dwarf form of Melaleuca decussata flowered furiously.

More potting on this week. Seedlings of Hakea multilineata and struck cuttings of Grevillea Evelyn’s Coronet were placed in tubes. We also potted on more struck cuttings of the unusual orange-flowered form of Pandorea pandorana. We now have 20 plants of this colourful climber.

In our regenerating woodland there are dozens of Thysanotus tuberosus, Fringed Violets blooming bounteously. Their purple flowers light up the area. They are complemented by masses of Dipodium punctatum, the Hyacinth Orchid. Their long stalks of deep reddish flowers are another eye-catching feature of these areas.

Three Quail were observed busily scratching around in one of our shrubberies this week. These ground-dwelling birds seem to be a permanent fixture in our garden.

Managed to do some mowing this week. We collected the “grass” clippings mixed them with sawdust and placed the mixture in our rotary composter.

Towards the end of the week we visited friend who have a property to the east of Yallaroo. They are interested in natives and are propagating plants to use in their garden. A pleasant and informative morning was spent by all.

 

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