Week 2 March 2002: This week we became involved in a Species Recovery Programme. There is a rare and threatened Asterolasia that occurs in the Tamworth area of NSW. There may be only two plants left in the wild. There has been success with air layering branches and that has increased the population by 100%. We were supplied with material that yielded over 30 cuttings. These potential plants are now residing on our propagating bench and hopefully some will strike. Plants that develop roots will be potted on and as they develop, cutting material will be taken from these specimens. Other growers will be supplied with plants and hopefully we will be able, at some stage, to introduce plants back into the wild. Asterolasia is a member of the Rutaceae family in company with Boronias and Correas. There are seven species, all endemic Australians. This threatened species grows to a height of about two metres and has yellow five-petalled spring flowers. The genus is virtually unknown in cultivation but all species flower profusely and have horticultural potential.
We are very busy at Yallaroo as we prepare for an overseas trip. We are going to visit our daughter and family. They are living in Birmingham in Britain. We will spend most of our time with them plus a trip through Scotland.  Hope to visit Kew Gardens near London plus other areas of horticultural interest. We will be keeping our eyes open for any Australian plants in the landscape.
A Dutch horticulturalist and local landscape architect visited this week. We are always happy to show people the gardens and explain our horticultural activities.
One of our Thryptomenes is in full flower. The long, arching branches are covered in small pink flowers. Most of our Correas are also flowering profusely. Eastern Spinebills are very partial to the nectar secreted by the tubular flower.
Picked the fruit of one of our “edible exotics”. A seedling peach supplies us with a case of beautiful fruit at this time very year. We may be biased, but think that this is the tastiest peach we have ever eaten.
Placed three pots of Christmas Bells (Blandfordia species) in one of our frog ponds. They usually grow in wet situations so we will see how they develop.

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