Week 3 October 2001: 14 mm rain this week.
The Glen Innes Group of the Australian Plant Society visited Yallaroo. We always have an interesting time when this Group visits. We had a free exchange of ideas and all had a great time.
Around the district there are lots of local natives in flower at the moment. Leptospermum brevipes is a tall shrub with pendulous foliage and masses of small white flowers. We drive through groves of this Tea tree on the way to Armidale. The flowers are so prolific that the shrubs appear to be dusted with snow. We have some specimens on Yallaroo. They have increased in number since sheep and cattle were removed. This week we dug up some seedlings to relocate to the gardens around the house.
The Weekend Magazine of the Australian Newspaper published an article on our attitude to native plants, the environment and retirement. This article was one of the results of our Australian Gardener of the Year win. The article triggered lots of visitors to our web site.
Diuris is a genus of terrestrial orchid. They are returning in large numbers to Yallaroo since sheep and cattle were removed. Their common name is Donkey Orchid and in spring they produce spikes of yellow flowers.
Our Blue Wrens (they nested in a Saltbush) have hatched the eggs and the fledglings have left the nest. Don’t know how many young Wrens have hatched but the parents are collecting heaps of insects for the fledgling’s breakfast, lunch and dinner.
A Eucalyptus leucoxylon has flowered in the garden. This is the first time that this specimen has flowered. It is always a lucky dip with the flower colour of this species. They may range in colour from white to deep pink. We were lucky. Our specimen has deep pink flowers.

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