Week 2 March 2004: Rain this week = 11.5mm.Garden Diary
There was heavy fog in the valley, to the west of Yallaroo, one morning this week. The fog covered a large area and had the appearance of an inland sea.
Sowed some sprouted Broad Bean seeds. We read somewhere that they will make better progress if sown whilst the soil is still warm. We are growing them in 200 mm pots with three Broad Bean seeds to each pot.
Behind our hoop house we have some trays, on benches that collect water after rain. Birds often bathe and drink in these trays. One morning we observed a galaxy of birds visiting the trays. There were Scrub Wrens, White-eared Honeyeaters, Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Pardalote, Thornbills and Red-browed Finches bathing and drinking over a period of 15 minutes.
Planting continued in our Correa Garden. We have now planted at least 60 Correas in this garden plus the same number of other native plants.
Two books arrived this week. Australian Native Plants by John Wrigley and Murray Fagg. This is the 5th edition of this excellent book. It contains a great deal of useful information. We recommend this publication to any one seeking a native plant reference book.
The other book is Wildflowers of Victoria by Margaret Corrick and Bruce Fuhrer. Although Victoria is the smallest mainland state it is the home to a bewildering range of native plants. The book contains photographs and information on the flora of Victoria.
One morning we observed a male Mistletoe Bird on one our Cordyline plants. This small bird, with a red breast, was eating the berries on the plant. We think that the bird may have a nest in a clump of trees, north of our house.
Spreading more sawdust mulch on our Correa garden. The plants seem to appreciate the application of this evaporation reducing material.
Our Melaleuca macronychia is flowering again after a rest of a couple of weeks. The large, red bottlebrush flowers light up the area where the plant is growing.