Week 2 February 2006: Rain =12.5m
We wish a Happy Valentine’s Day to all our readers.
This week we made up an alphabetical list of our digital photos. We now have thousands and this list will help to select items and images for the web site.
Potting on lots of struck cuttings this week. Our propagating efforts (with plants) have been very successful over the warmer months.
Not only do we use sawdust for mulching garden beds but this useful by-product is also used on the paths through the gardens. This week we spread sawdust on the path through one of our recent plantings.
This week we removed all the waterlilies from one of our ponds. The waterlilies had taken over the pond and no water was visible (see waterlily problems). We finished up with a pile of redundant waterlilies that will be used as mulch. The waterlilies will be replaced by less aggressive native aquatic plants.
We have some native Nymphoides germinata plants in another pond and every day these plants produce at least 15 bright yellow flowers.  
A feral grape vine came up near our shed a few years ago. This season the vine produced bunches of small green grapes. This week the grapes started to ripen and although small they are very sweet. This is another “edible exotic” that is growing at Yallaroo.
This Saturday we were interviewed on local ABC radio. We talked about our life and the variety of jobs we had from leaving school until retirement. We still have our fortnightly talk-back gardening programme on ABC radio.
One morning there were four Red-necked Wallabies on our mown area. Three of them spent some time wrestling. We have never seen this many Red-necked Wallabies at one time. On another morning we sighted two Swamp Wallabies close to the house.
We found buds on three of our young Eucalypts. Eucalyptus kruseana and Eucalyptus woodwardii are from Western Australia and Eucalyptus stricta is a New South Wales native. All three Eucalypts are only one metre tall and less than eighteen months old.

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