Week 2 March 2003: We received 26.5 mm of rain this week.
Spent a pleasant day in the bush. We visited an area north east of Armidale. This granite area is the home of the rare Grevillea scortechinii. The species usually has a ground covering growth habit; entire leaves with prickly margins and unusual black toothbrush flowers. Some plants adopt a more upright growth habit and use nearby shrubs for support. We collected cutting material from a number of roadside plants. In the same area we found a population of red-flowering Grevillea juniperina. These plants reach a height of about one metre with a similar spread. This makes at least four different forms of Grevillea juniperina occurring on the Northern Tablelands. Of course more cutting material was collected.
On the way home we visited a local nursery. Surprise, Surprise, we purchased some plants. Included in our purchases were Prostanthera cuneata, Hakea oleifolia and Leptospermum Rudolph a hybrid of Leptospermum spectabile and has unusual red flowers.
Paid a visit to the University of New England. An Indigenous Resource Use Garden is being established on campus as a teaching resource. Plants that were used by local Aboriginal people will be established in the garden. We are advising on the range of species that will survive and thrive in the garden and will be donating plants to the project.
Whilst walking around the campus we came across a row of Correas growing in a narrow bed against a wall. There were at least four different varieties, all about one metre tall and flowering profusely. These Correas have developed into an eye-catching informal hedge.
The recent rain has softened up the area where we are planting. The 13-year-old rip lines have absorbed the welcome rain. Because the soil is so soft we are going to dig up the whole area. This bed has an area of about 160 square metres and will absorb a heap of plants.