Week 2 February 2014: Rain = 7.5 millimetres this week.

Happy Valentines Day

Some welcome rain but we and everyone else need lots more. The lack of rain coupled with very high daytime temperatures means that many of our plants are severely stressed. The Callistemons (Bottlebrushes) are coping well with the harsh conditions.

Potting on continued this week. We are very happy with the number of Grevillea cuttings that are taking root. We potted on struck cuttings of Grevillea beadleana, G. shiressii, G. mollis and Eremophila weldii.

This week we mulched our three citrus plants with woodchips. This material came from the trees and shrubs that were cleared from under our power line a few weeks ago.

We recently bought two animal repellers. These units are solar powered and when animals approach two lights flash and the units transmit an ultrasonic sound. We hope that these units will keep kangaroos and wallabies away from new plantings and our vegetables. This week we set one up near our new plantings north of the house.

There was plenty of wildlife activity this week. Our birdbaths are receiving lots of attention due to the heat. Many birds are bathing and drinking. Most nights kangaroos empty at least one birdbath. One day we even observed a Jacky Lizard drinking at one of the birdbaths.

In mid January we found three Stony Creek Frogs sheltering on our patio in stacked plastic chairs. This week two returned to the chairs. Previously we relocated the frogs to one of our ponds. This time we left the amphibians alone.

A small flock of Double-barred Finches spent some time in one of our dense shrubberies. Red-browed Finches and a flock of Blue Wrens were sighted near the house amongst our desiccated native grasses.

A Blue-banded Bee was heard and seen in our plastic house. The Bee was very interested in the bright yellow flowers of Goodenia decurrens.

We took a day off from our horticultural activities and visited Uralla shopping centre. We partook of a tasty lunch at the local bowling club.


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