Week 3 November 2015: Rain = 4 millimetres
This week we picked and planted vegetables. We picked beans and our first zucchini and planted more beans, button squash and egg plants. Our broad beans are coming to an end but they have been prolific.
We also potted on struck cuttings of Prostanthera ovalifolia and Rhodanthe “Southern Star”.
Weeding continued in the extension of our North Garden. The rain and warmer weather has meant that there has been a proliferation of unwanted plants (weeds). Once the density of our plantings shades the ground and reducing the weed seed bank then this problem will be greatly reduced.
Cricket was again on the menu and we watched another test match between Australia and New Zealand.
Watering continued both with our tube plants, new plantings and vegetable beds. Up to now every second day has sufficed but, with the summer weather, watering every day is on the horizon.
Our cordless trimmer has had lots of use this week. As the flowers fade on our bottlebrushes they are cut off. The trimmer certainly speeds our pruning.
We celebrated a birthday this week with lunch at the Mung Hing Chinese restaurant in Armidale. Over the years we have visited many Chinese restaurants and the Mung Hing has to be the best.
Our Hymenosporum flavum (Native Frangipani) is in full flower and its perfume pervades part of the garden.
Wildlife observations: Not much to report this week. The Blue Wrens, that keep visiting our lounge room windows, have a nest in a flowering Melaleuca Ulladulla Beacon near our front verandah. A black snake was nearly walked on as we went about working in the garden. This was only a small one, about one metre long. Fortunately they are not aggressive and this one went in one direction whilst we went in another. Just outside our gate we heard and saw a Satin Flycatcher in a tall eucalypt.