Week 3 May 2004: 3mm of rain this week.
Another native plant enthusiast sent some seeds of Hakea dohertyi. This is a very rare species from the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It will be an interesting addition to our collection. Hopefully once the plant matures we will be able to distribute seeds to other enthusiasts. More plants in cultivation will help to ensure the survival of the species. See: Conservation & Cultivation.
Saw two Wedge-tailed Eagles fly over one day this week. We often see these majestic birds using our air space.
We bought a hybrid South African Protea this week. It is called “Scarlet Ribbons” and has large flower heads. We have one garden bed where we grow Proteas in company with their Australian cousins such as Banksias, Grevilleas and Hakeas.
There is a large area of bushland in Western Sydney was used by the Defence Department as a Munitions Filling Factory. The site is home to rare native plants and is a haven for wildlife. Much of the area is to be developed for housing. Many people want the area to be dedicated as a Regional Park. This week we emailed submissions to politicians and were interviewed by the Sydney University Student’s newspaper. We hope that the site will be made a Regional Park.
Planted a pink flowering Hardenbergia violacea in the Correa Garden this week. This unusual form grows into a shrub some twining stems.
Saw two comets in the western sky this week. This was a most unusual astronomical event. Both comets were faint but showed up as fuzzy blobs through binoculars. The comets are known as C/2002 T7 (Linear) and C/2001 Q4 (Neat).
Planted another Waratah this week. We planted one a couple of months ago and it is surviving and thriving. We bought three plants in tubes and potted them on. They were kept until their lignotubers (swollen root mass) developed before planting. There is one to go.

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