Week 3 December 2005: Rain = 42.5 mm
A Wattle, in a planting, near our front gate is in full flower. We previously identified this species as Acacia parramattensis. On closer inspection we have changed our minds and now feel that it is Acacia parvipinnula. We will be changing the entry in our plants section.
More planting and of course weeding this week. The rain has triggered the mass germination of weed seeds.
This week we travelled to Tamworth for the local ABC Christmas morning tea. It was good to meet people who we normally only speak to over the phone or communicate by emails.
Found what we think is an Acacia maxwellii in one of our gardens. A plant was purchased some time ago. We will know positively when the plant flowers. Acacia maxwellii is a low-growing species from Western Australia .
We did confirm the identification of one plant, in the garden, this week. It is a species of Asterolasia from the Tamworth area. This is one of Australia ís rarest plants with only about six plants left in the wild. We are encouraging the Tamworth Regional Council to adopt this species as their floral emblem.
We had some excitement this week. Lightning struck a Stringybark about fifty metres from the house. The bark was blasted off and large chunks of wood were thrown around. Fortunately none of the wood was thrown in the direction of the house.
This week our mowers made an appearance. The grass was becoming rather long so some time was spent astride our ride-on mower. Our push mower was also used around the house.
Plenty of cuttings are producing roots. This week we were pleased to find roots on cuttings of Grevillea bedggoodiana (this spelling is correct) and Grevillea mccutheonii (also correct). The former is a rare species from Victoria and the latter is an endangered Grevillea from Western Australia .
A TAFE student visited Yallaroo one day this week. She took a series of digital photographs of flowering plants in our gardens.

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