Week 3 August 2003: No rain this week.
We are having some success striking some Acacias from cuttings. An old glasshouse and surrounding garden, at the University, has been demolished to make room for a new, more efficient glasshouse. There were a number of interesting native plants in the garden and we collected some material to try to ensure the survival of these historic plants. Acacia menzelii is a native of South Australia and has been growing in the glasshouse garden for many years. Cuttings of this medium, spreading shrub produced roots in about three weeks. Some plants are destined for our garden and others will return to gardens at the University.
Many of our Wattles are in full flower. One attractive specimen is thought to be a hybrid of Acacia covenyi and Acacia vestita. We have also propagated this hybrid from cuttings. Wattle Day is Monday 1st September and many of our Wattles are in full flower. We have a gallery of Wattle images on the local ABC web site. See: http://www.abc.net.au/newengland/photogalleries/wattles/index.htm
Col, our photographer friend called in this week with some splendid cards featuring Acacias. This is an appropriate choice for this time of the year.
Some Yellow-rumped Thornbills were active on our mown grass. These small, attractive insect-eaters often visit Yallaroo. They illustrate the need to have open areas as well as shrubberies to provide habitat for small native birds. Finches also appreciate access to native grasses. They feed on the grass seeds rather than insects.
A few days, this week, were cold and overcast (without rain) and we spent time inside writing articles for local newspapers and the website.
New this week: in our Plant Section:  Banksia blechnifolia & Birds Nest Fern    

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