Week 3 October 2012: No rain

This week we spent some time attacking weeds. Those growing near new plantings were dug out. Weeds away from the plants were sprayed with Glyphosate. Weeds germinate prolifically when the ground is disturbed for planting. A couple of weeding and spraying attacks usually control the weeds. Because of our planting density after plants put on some growth they shade the ground and reduce weed growth. Our sawdust mulch also plays a part in weed control.

This week we potted on struck cuttings of Correa Canberra Bells. This is a new hybrid that has been selected to commemorate Canberra’s centenary in 2013.

This week we sighted our first Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly for the spring. These large black and white butterflies lay their eggs on citrus leaves. We have a bush lemon plant that we keep specifically as a food plant for the caterpillars. Any caterpillars that appear on our lemon, lime and cumquat plants are relocated to the bush lemon foliage.

We found another bird nest this week. Scrub Wrens have built a nest amongst the foliage of a potted plant in our plastic house. We are very happy to see so many small native birds nesting in our plants.

We have a Eucalyptus gregsoniana flowering in one of our shrubberies. We first saw this species flowering in an outside garden in Kew Gardens, London.

Relatives visited for a few days this week. We had an enjoyable time and for a few days had a break from our horticultural activities.


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