Week 3 October 2005: Rain = 31mm
This week we used the mower for the first time this season. From now on this will be a regular chore. Over the years constant mowing has reduced the number of weeds that were in our lawn areas. Now we have native grasses, herbaceous perennial and a few weeds in these areas.
Two young swallows are in a nest on our front verandah. This nest has been used every spring for the last three years. Usually two chicks are raised annually.
Our Hakea nitida and Hakea lasiantha are still flowering. The success of these Western Australian Hakeas has inspired us to try more western species.
Hakea eriantha is another species in flower. This eastern species comes in both broad and narrow-leaved forms. Hakea dactyloides  is another eastern species that is blooming. Young branches are covered in white flowers.
A few weeks ago we took a trip west as far as Cobar. We collected about 500 cuttings. This week some cuttings have taken root. An unidentified Daisy and Eremophila serrulata have produced healthy roots. Hopefully more cuttings will follow their example.
This week we had a visit from nine members of the Inverell branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A). We had an enjoyable morning and our visitors left with bags of cuttings. This year we have hosted over 200 visitors to Yallaroo. Most visitors are impressed by the variety and vigour of native plants.
A number of King Parrots have spent time, on the ground, near the house. Close examination revealed that they were eating the seeds of Epilobium, a weed common at Yallaroo and a member of the Geranium family.

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