Week 3 December 2007: Rain = 11.5 mm

This week we moved some sheets of corrugated iron from one garden to another. The corrugated iron is used as an organic herbicide. After a few weeks all the weeds, under the iron, expires. When planting we then have a bare canvas to work on.

Digging holes and planting continued this week. We have a large backlog of plants waiting to find homes in our gardens.

On Sunday we foolishly visited the monthly markets in Armidale. We came home with a number of plants including: Callistemon formosus, Homoranthus porteri, Prostanthera stenophylla and Westringia purpurea to name a few.   Fortunately we only visit the markets occasionally as there are always a couple of stalls selling native plants.

We started another experiment this week. The Gardening Australia television programme had a segment on fertilising native plants. It has been found that many species react positively to superphosphate. The exceptions are members of the Proteaceae family as they are not keen phosphorous. We are putting “super” in holes when planting Eucalypts. We are planting the same species, as a control, without super. We will be posted the results in the fullness of time.

One day this week we saw seven King Parrots in one of our stringybarks. One was a juvenile that was being fed by an adult. We often see King Parrots but usually only in pairs.

Thanks to the rain the grass around our road and in the large, open area north of the house has become rather long. This week we mowed both areas using our ride-on mower. We usually mow these areas two or three time during the warmer months.

One day this week a White-faced Heron visited our Big Pond near the house. There are a large number of tadpoles in this Pond. The Heron was after the tadpoles.

Towards the week we attended a Christmas function at the home of the Head of the Botany Department. His family are establishing an interesting native garden. We had an enjoyable time catching-up with colleagues from our time in the Department.

At the party we talked with Ian the honorary curator of the Department Herbarium. He told us about a population of Cheiranthera linearis west of Yallaroo.

The next day we travelled west and found this small shrub with bright blue flowers. There is a large roadside population. This small, colourful plant has great horticultural potential. Calotis dentex was another interesting small plant that was growing in this area.

New on the Site: Calotis dentex, Cheiranthera linearis and Murdannia graminea.


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