Week 3 December 2004: Rain= 12mm.
Three Bronzewing Pigeons have taken up residence, in garden beds, near our house. These may be two parents and a juvenile. This is the first time in ten years that we have had regular sightings of these large seedeaters.
This week saw the end of sawdust mulching on our extended Correa Garden. This will reduce evaporation and inhibit weed germination. Because there is a large seed bank, some weeds will make an appearance. After a few flushes, of weed germination, we have found that these unwanted plants run out of steam. Eventually most weed seeds germinate and the density of our planting shades the ground. The reduction of light slows weed growth dramatically.
Busy with the secateurs this week. Acacias and Callistemon are having their spent flowers removed. Pruning, after flowering, makes the plants bushy and next season they will bloom bounteously.
We are leaving some Acacias unpruned so that seeds may be harvested. This season our Acacia pycnostachya produced a few seedpods but only on the southern side of the plant. We have managed to collect about 100 seeds from this large, attractive, local Wattle.
One day, this week, whilst photographing the flower of a Melaleuca nesophila we heard a buzzing noise near the flower. When the photo was downloaded we found that we had captured a Blue-banded Bee hovering near the flower. This was a chance in a thousand.
We sometimes have problems with rabbits digging in our new garden beds. They are deterred by scattering blood and bone around the plants. We have also noticed that the rabbits will not bother garden areas once ground covers begin to grow. We find that scattering the branches, of pruned shrubs, amongst the plants will also keep these troublesome rodents away from new plantings.
One of our Scrub Wrens was observed feeding two chicks on our deck. The two chicks were from a nest in a Lilly Pilly (Acmena species) that is growing in a pot near our back door.
This week we travelled to Tamworth to the local ABC office for their Christmas morning tea. This is an annual event put on by the ABC staff for the people who contribute to their programs. Two staff members went to the trouble to show us their gardens. Both gardens have a large percentage of native plants.
We also visited a Tamworth nursery. We had a $50 plant order presented by a garden club that visited Yallaroo recently. A number of plants were taken home as a result of this generous gift. One plant was a beautiful form of Eremophila glabra with silver foliage and bright red, tubular flowers. Cutting material, from this plant, is destined for our propagating bench in the near future.