Cocky_damage.JPG (38737 bytes)Week 2 October 2006: No rain again.
Although we are in the grip of drought many of our new plants, that appeared to expire in winter and early spring, are recovering. They are either shooting from the base or along the stem.
Also, regardless of the inclement conditions, many plants are bursting into bloom. These are some we observed this week: Hakea dactyloides, Hakea mitchellii, Hakea oleifolia, Isopogon anethifolia, Acacia retinodes, Micromyrtus ciliata and Melaleuca wilsonii. Some of these plants are flowering for the first time. We also found two developing buds on our ground covering Banksia blechnifolia.
On one of our walks around Yallaroo we found a stringybark that was damaged close to the ground (see photo). A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo had ripped away the bark and some of the wood to extract a large witchetty grub. The hole left in the wood, by the grub, indicates its size. The birds must be able to hear the grubs under the bark. 
Over the years we had accumulated many pots. In fact they seem to breed. This week we tidied an area where we hoard pots. This has opened up a large area, near our shed, for planting shrubs, ground covers and vegetables.
One day this week we hosted a visit by members of the Australian Plant Society. Next year there is to be a Native Plant Conference in Newcastle. There is to be some post-conference excursions. One excursion is to our part of the world and Yallaroo is part of the itinerary. The pre-conference trip was to work out times etc. We will enjoy showing our gardens to a number of native plant enthusiasts. No doubt we will learn a lot from this gathering of knowledgeable people.
We saw our first Dollar Bird this week. These medium-sized birds migrate south from north of Australia each spring. They have a light coloured circular spot under each wing, hence the common name.
We have fruit developing on our nectarine and peach trees. We noticed the King Parrots eating the immature fruit so one morning we covered each tree with nets to keep the birds away.
New on the site this week: Hakea macreana, Hakea ochroptera, Acacia retinodes, Isopogon anethifolius, Melaleuca wilsonii, Hakea mitchellii, Parsonsia straminea, Melaleuca ericifolia and Micromyrtus ciliata.

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