Soldier_beetles.jpg (52395 bytes)Week 3 November 2010: Rain = 74 millimetres. Our house tank overflowed again so we transferred some of this surplus water to our irrigation tank.

This week we found some Pterostylis rufa (Greenhood Orchids) near our front gate. This is a first for Yallaroo. We have found other ground orchids but not this species.

The rain has triggered an avalanche of Bulbine Lilies (Bulbine bulbosa) and Chocolate Lilies (Dichopogon fimbriatus) in our grassy areas. The air is heavy with the scent of chocolate from the flowers of the latter species.

This week we sighted a pair of Wallaroos near our Little Dam. It is months since these macropods visited Yallaroo.

Planting continued this week with 36 plants going into the garden. Plants were mulched as soon as they went into the ground.

Two Melaleucas are in full flower. Melaleuca brevifolia and Melaleuca pentagona are blooming bounteously.  

The Noisy Friarbirds or Leatherheads are still feasting on the nectar from our Callistemons.

Squadrons of Soldier Beetles (see image) are also visiting the Callistemons as well as other flowering plants. There are huge numbers flying around as well as feeding on the flowers. They do no damage to the plants and appear to have two objectives: feeding and procreating. They are sometimes known as Plague Soldier Beetles.

This week we planted two Banana Passionfruit plants beside the northern wall of our shed. They are vigorous climbers and produce masses of yellow, banana-shaped fruit.

New on the Site: Callistemon pinifolius, Callistemon rigidus, Grevillea repens, Melaleuca brevifolia and Prostanthera incana.


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