Week 3 October 2008: Rain = 17.5 mm this was enough rain to fill our house tank.

Our Callistemons (Bottlebrushes) are beginning to flower. We havenít counted them but we must have over 100 individual plants. The botanists have moved all the Callistemons into the Melaleuca genus. We regard Callistemon as their horticultural name.

This week we took our 2000th photograph with our Lumix digital camera. We bought this camera in early September after loosing our trusty Kodak camera. We are still very happy with the performance of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ15. The 10x optical zoom has allows us to capture bird close-ups.

Planting continued this week with a total of 25 plants going into the ground. These plants were mulched after planting.

This spring we are observing a large number of Jacky Lizards in the garden. They come in a range of sizes from about 8 centimetres long to over 15 centimetres.

Some struck cuttings were potted on including Callistemon Endeavour and Grevillea arenaria.

This week we saw a pair of Orchard Swallowtail Butterflies cavorting in the garden. These large butterflies lay their eggs on citrus plants.

One day this week we found a Eucalyptus woodwardii with three flowers. This is a Western Australian species and our specimen is only one metre tall and about three years old.

At the end of the week we spent a day walking in Torrington State Conservation Area. This magical place is north of Glen Innes and is home to a bewildering number of native plants and at this time of the year many are in flower. We sighted Boronias, Hibbertias, Prostantheras, Kunzeas, Grevilleas and many pea flowers to name a few. The area is dominated by massive granite boulders. We managed to take 100 photos. This is a beautiful place and we are lucky to live so close.

New on the Site: Correa lawrenciana, Darwinia procera, Geijera parviflora, Goodia lotifolia, Melaleuca densa and Torrington State Conservation Area.


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