Week 3 March 2003: There was 10.5 mm in the rain gauge this week.
There is a new list in our Environment section; Wattles for the North and Northwest describes 20 species. This and the other lists are primarily for listeners to our talkback radio programme over the local ABC network but the plants listed should survive and thrive in most situations in Australia. Please feel free to print out this list as well as the other three.
After the welcome rain there has been a proliferation of weeds in our new garden beds. Some time was spent spot spraying these interlopers with Round Up.
A local native, Solanum cinereum, is in full flower and is attracting native bees. Have a look at Buzz Pollination to read about the association between this plant and native bees.
We have a number of Grevillea pinaster plants in our gardens. For some time we thought that this species was Grevillea stenomera. But reference to Volume 3 of the Grevillea Books by Olde and Marriott sorted out this botanical confusion. Grevillea pinaster has dark red flower clusters that bulge at the seams with nectar. Honeyeaters and Crimson Rosellas spent a great deal of time raiding the flowers.
Visited a native garden in Armidale. Lots of interesting plants but the highlight was a large Grevillea beadleana. Hairy lobed leaves and red toothbrush flowers characterise this species. Grevillea beadleana is a local species and occurs in a couple of sites east of Armidale. This particular specimen is about 2 metres tall and 3 metres wide with foliage reaching to the ground. When we lifted the branches, off the ground, there was literally a forest of Grevillea beadleana seedlings. We were allowed to collect cutting material and some seedlings.

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