Week 3 March 2017: Rain = 34 millimetres

This week we picked strawberries and rockmelons as well as squash and Asian greens from our vegetable garden. The rockmelons came up in one bed. We have no idea where the seed came from. These feral rockmelons have been very successful. We will be adding the rockmelons to our vegetable repertoire next spring.

Potting on continued this week. Seedling Acacia cognata and rooted cuttings of Calothamnus rupestris, Acacia lasiocarpa, Prostanthera nivea, Prostanthera staurophylla and Thryptomene calycina were potted on into tubes.

We dug holes and planted 21 tubes in our newest garden.

Eucalyptus pulverulenta and Olearia viscidula are flowering profusely.

The big pond near the house has become choked with waterlilies. They have grown so vigorously that there is no room for frogs to lay their eggs or for tadpoles to develop. This week we started to remove them.

Early in the week we ordered two Eucalypt books that have just been published. They are: Smaller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia and Taller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia both by Dean Nicolle and $43 each including p&p. They arrived later in the week. If you are interested in native plants in general and eucalypts in particular then these books are well worth a look.   http://www.dn.com.au/Eucalypts_for_Planting.html

The large area to the north of the house was mowed this week as well as our circular road. The grass had become a trifle long.

Wildlife observation: Only one this week. We sighted a Swamp Wallaby near our waterlily-choked pond one morning this week.


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