Week 2 December 2014: Rain = 16 millimetres. So far this month we have recorded 120 millimetres. This is the best rain for ages.

Acacia implexa is one species that has regenerated in large numbers on Yallaroo. This week they burst into bloom bringing a spring feel to the area. They are also profusely flowering along the road to Armidale. Melaleuca nesophila is also flowering well.

We had some visitors this week. They live east, towards Armidale, on blocks that had not been grazed in the past. Their blocks have an interesting range of plants that we do not have growing on Yallaroo. They may have been here in the past but heavy and indiscriminate grazing wiped them out. We had an interesting walk around the garden and cuttings were collected.

We also visited a colleague from our university days. He and his family have an interesting garden on the outskirts of Armidale.

We spent time indoors watching the cricket. This was the first test between Australia and India.

We continued planting this week. We dug holes in our northern garden and 12 plants found homes there. We watered and mulched the plants and also spread blood and bone around them. Hopefully this will deter the rabbits and kangaroos.

This week finished caging our vegetable beds. All seven beds are surrounded by wire netting cages. This will protect our vegetables. When we were away, on our cruise and visiting family, the kangaroos defoliated two lemon plants. One is in a pot and the other in the ground. Until the good rain all the grasses had dried out and food for macropods was rather scarce. The green, fleshy citrus leaves were too good to ignore and all the leaves were eaten. Since then both plants have put on new, fresh growth and have buds. We also have a cumquat but this was not touched. This plant has become covered in buds.

We had some interesting wildlife observations this week. Our Willie Wagtails renovated their nest and laid three eggs. As well as sitting on the eggs they are still feeding the young from the last hatching. This week an Eastern Spinebill visited the flowers on our lemon plants. We saw a baby Scrub Wren in one of our shrubberies being fed by its parents. Four Silvereyes became very frustrated this week. We have two blueberries, in pots, on our deck. One plant is covered with ripening fruit. We covered the plant with netting to protect fruit from birds. The Silvereyes spent some time fruitlessly trying to penetrate the netting. In the coming week the fruit will be harvested thus removing avian temptation.


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