Week 2 July 2013: Rain = 2 millimetres
This week we had a horticultural breakthrough. In one of our gardens we have a Eucalyptus caesia, Gungurru (see image). The plant is about five metres tall and this week the large buds began to open displaying red, nectar-filled blooms. The tree is holding about 20 flowers and whilst we were admiring the flowers two Eastern Spinebills and a number of honey bees availed themselves of the nectar. This Western Australian eucalypt is one of many species, from the west, that have great horticultural potential. This species probably does so well in our garden because it is growing in one of our dense shrubberies. The plants shelter and protect each other from the vagaries of our climate.
Early in the week we saw a large flock of Blue Wrens foraging on one of our mown areas. There were 15 to 20 birds in the flock.
Our propagating unit is producing plenty of seedlings and struck cuttings. This week we potted on Prostanthera Ballerina, Acacia montana, Kunzea ambigua, Grevillea iaspicula and Hakea macrorrhyncha. Propagating plants is one of our great pleasures and passions.
One afternoon we visited our Canberra friends who are establishing a garden east of Yallaroo. No time was spent viewing their plantings because the afternoon was a trifle damp with some welcome rain.
This week we planted some seed potatoes in one of our raised vegetable beds. The variety is Otway Red.
A pair of Striated Pardalotes is spending time around our back patio. Hopefully they will use the nesting tube near the back door. They have nested here for a number of seasons.
We had some late nights and early mornings this week because we are watching the first Ashe’s cricket test between England and Australia from the United Kingdom. Only four test matches to go.
There also was time to plant 48 tubes in our new garden bed this week.