Week 2 October2007:   Rain = 9mm

There were plenty of visitors to Yallaroo one day this week. Fifty plus members of the Australian Plant Society spent a few hours wandering around the garden. They had attended a Native Plant Conference in Newcastle and were on a post-conference tour of the Northern Tablelands visiting areas of botanical and horticultural interest. Yallaroo was their last port of call on the way back to Newcastle. We had a very interesting time and met enthusiasts from almost every Australian state.

One day this week we found a large frog amongst the tubes in our propagating structure. The Broad-palmed Frog (Litoria latopalmata) becomes the sixth frog species that we have observed at Yallaroo. This is not a bad score for a garden that is perched on a wind-swept hill.

Apart from a new frog this has been a good week for wildlife sightings. One uncomfortable observation was a large Brown Snake near our front gate. Fortunately the snake went one way and we went the other. We also saw a Brown Quail near our road. We sometimes see these shy, ground-dwelling birds.

We have four nesting tubes under the house eaves. This week a pair of Striated Pardalotes appears to have taken residence in the tube, under the eaves, near our back door.

We had some success with cutting propagation this week. Asterolasia Dungowan Dam is a very rare species from the Tamworth area. This week we potted on some struck cuttings. We are building up numbers of this Correa relative so plants may be passed onto other members of the Australian Plant Society. Some cuttings of Correa baeuerlenii, the Chefs Cap Correa also produced roots. We have some difficulty propagating this species unlike other Correas.

More plants burst into bloom this week. Acacia rupicola, Hakea lasiantha, Melaleuca wilsonii and Melaleuca micromera are all flowering.

One day this week we visited our neighbours across the road. They wanted some advice on planting natives in one section of their garden. At their back door they have three magnificent citrus trees. There is a lemon, orange and grapefruit. They also have a small rose garden with very healthy plants in full bloom. Roses arenít our thing but these plants were worth a second look. Their citrus plants have inspired us to plant a few, particularly lemons.

This week we ordered some Hakea seeds from the Nindethana Seed Service. They have an extensive online catalogue of native plant seeds.

Towards the end of the week we spent some time planting in the Coolatai Garden.


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