Week 2 October 2015: Rain = 3.5 millimetres

Our vegetable garden beds are producing satisfactorily. We are picking broad beans every second day. We are also planting vegetables. This week we planted zucchini, cucumber and dwarf bean seedlings.

This week our Hakea macreana plants burst into bloom. These graceful shrubs become covered in white flowers in spring. Hakea eriantha plants are also flowering. We have two forms. One has broad leaves whilst the leaves on the other are very narrow.

Potting on continued with struck cuttings of Westringia Wynyabbie Gem, Correa reflexa and Grevillea Carpet Queen going into tubes.

Chrysocephalum apiculatum (was Helichrysum) is a daisy that occurs naturally in our grassland. This week we dug up some daisies and potted them into tubes. As they develop they will planted into our gardens. We also dug holes, ready for plants, ready for plants.

The four flower spikes are developing rapidly on our Xanthorrhoea plant.

We spent some time cutting back this week. Some of our paths have become overgrown and this week we used our cordless trimmer, secateurs, bow saw and lopper to clear these paths.

Some money was spent this week. We bought a Navman GPS from our local Dick Smith store. After visiting Canberra and spending a great deal of time trying to found our way around we decided buying a GPS would be a good idea for future trips.

On a lesser note we bought a punnet of capsicum seedlings for our vegetable garden beds. 

This week we noticed that the building has gone up at the ALDI site. This was a welcome sight as we are becoming rather disillusioned with our regular supermarket.

Wildlife observations: Plenty to report this week. Our pair of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters is spending all their time in our shrubberies. Carpenter Bees are visiting our Senna and Solanum plants. We have observed more Carpenter Bees this spring than ever before. This week we saw our first Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies in the garden. These large, black and white butterflies give a tropical look to the garden. No doubt they will be laying eggs on our citrus plants. Caterpillars that appear on the lemons and cumquats near the house will be transferred to our bush lemon. It is large enough to sustain chewed leaves. Saw a black snake drinking from one of our birdbaths. The snake was about one metre long. We knew there was a snake around because our Scrub Wrens became very agitated. We saw a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater near the birdbaths when we saw the snake. One morning four Eastern Rosellas flew over the house. We rarely see these colourful parrots.


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