Week 3 December 2016: Rain = 4.5 millimetres.
Although we are well and truly into summer the garden has a spring feel because a number of “out of season” wattles are flowering. Acacia subulata and A. calamifolia are flowering profusely, in the gardens, whilst A. implexa is blooming in the surrounding bushland and also beside the road into Armidale.
This week we picked more zucchinis and squash from the vegetable beds. We also picked a few beans. The beans have been a big disappointment. The plants are growing vigorously but not bearing many pods. We have planted some Scarlet Runner bean seedlings. These climbing beans are said to live for eight years. They die down in winter and sprout again in spring. Hopefully they will be more productive.
We used some of the lemons from one of our bushes to make lemon butter.
When we were away recently two of our blueberry bushes, in pots, appeared to expire. We cut off all the apparently dead branches and watered them very well. We were gratified to see that both plants are putting out new leaves. Another blueberry, that survived, was covered in ripe fruit. This week all the fruit were picked. There was 250 grams of blueberries.
This week the Christmas decorations went up. This year family members are visiting. Last year we visited them.
The Melaleuca huegelii plants are in full flower and are attracting native insects.
We potted on struck cuttings of Callistemon serpentinus, Tremandra stelligera, Prostanthera cuneata, Citrus australasica (Finger Lime) and seedling Hakea nodosa. The Finger Lime is particularly interesting. This is a native member of the citrus family with capsules up to 100 mm long containing pulp with a strong citrus taste and favoured as bush tucker. We bought the plant from the Wildflower Place Nursery on the Central Coast of NSW. The plants are said to be slow growing. We potted on four well rooted cuttings.
This week a mix was made up to place in our large rotary composter. A bucket of wet sawdust was mixed with a bucket of wet shredded paper and some Dynamic Lifter plus blood and bone. We will be interested to see how soon this mix breaks down into useable compost.
Wildlife observations: The pond near our deck is full of large tadpoles. One morning a Red-necked Wallaby and joey were feeding on the grass near our front verandah. We now see Red-necked Wallabies on a regular basis.