Week 2 November 2005: Rain = 25.5mm
This week we planted two Passionfruit vines against our shed. One was a cutting that we propagated from our Nellie Kelly vine and a struck cutting from our Banana Passionfruit. This has increased the number of edible exotics in the garden.
Two visits to the garden this week. A local family of interested gardeners wish to include more Australian natives in their garden. The other visit was from another local gardener who has a combined native and exotic garden.
We have an Acacia mabellae that has burst into flower. We have a number of specimens, of this Wattle, in the garden. They all flowered profusely a few weeks ago. Why this particular plant flowered so late is a horticultural mystery.
Weeding continued this week. We are gradually getting on top of these unwanted intruders.
Some cucumber and dwarf bean seeds were sown, in a 20 cm pot, this week. We are growing vegetables in pots. Last summer we had success with dwarf beans and cucumbers growing in pots.
We paid a visit to the Armidale Tree Group Nursery this week. This is one of our favourite nurseries. We purchased a large number of plants in tubes including Callistemons and Grevilleas. These will supplement the plants that we propagate.
This weekend we travelled to Bingara, an attractive town about 130 kilometres northwest of Armidale. We spoke about native plants to a gathering that was raising money for cancer research. The function was held in a local garden that was an interesting mix of natives and exotics.
We came across a couple of interesting plants on the way to Bingara. Beside a creek there was a large number of Melaleuca bracteata in full flower. Under the Melaleucas there were many plants of a native Jasmine. They were also flowering and filled the air with typical Jasmine perfume. Cuttings were collected from both species.
Whilst speaking of perfumed plants. Our Chocolate Lilies are blooming bounteously and filling the air with the aroma of chocolate.
This week we potted on some Allocasuarina grampiana seedlings. We collected seeds, of this attractive She Oak, from the Grampian Mountains in Victoria in the early 1990ís. This indicates the longevity of some native plant seeds.
Hakea teretifolia burst into bloom this week. This prickly specimen is covered with white flowers. Grevillea amethyst is also flowering. This small Grevillea flowered profusely in early spring. This second flowering is very welcome.

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