Week 3 August 2012: No rain this week
Spring is virtually here with many of our wattles beginning to bloom bounteously. Another plant covered in flowers is Thryptomene calycina. Our specimen is about one metre tall with every branch covered in small white flowers. Its common name is Grampians Thryptomene and is classified as rare in Victoria its state of origin. Fortunately this species propagates readily from cuttings so we have a number in tubes ready for planting.
Speaking of cuttings this week we potted on rooted cuttings of a red flowering form of Correa glabra, Grevillea iascapula, Leptospermum Aphrodite and a pink-flowered form of Prostanthera lasianthos.
Planting continued with 12 plants going into the garden. Some of our plantings have been damaged by frost. Hopefully the plants will recover during the warmer months. Every year we cannot resist planting in the depths of winter. Many plants survive but we do lose a few. It is worth the risk because of the number of plants that we have waiting in the wings ready for planting.
We cut some firewood this week. With the warmer weather approaching this should be the last cutting this season.
One our recent trip to Sydney we bought some seedling passionfruit vines. This week we planted one in a large pot. We moved the pot close to one of our patio roof supports. Hopefully the vine will clamber up the Clematis vines that are growing on the support. We prefer seedling passionfruit to the Nellie Kelly grafted variety. We have had problems with the invasive vine that grows from the Nellie Kelly rootstock.
We have some large River Oaks (Casuarina cunninghamiana) that were planted many years ago. We have noticed that a number of small native birds forage amongst the dense foliage. They seem to be feeding on insects that live in the foliage. We will try to discover what the birds are eating (See Passionfruit problems).