Week 3 October 2016: Rain = 18 millimetres.

Pied Currawongs are eating the ripening blueberries on the deck. We covered the plants with bird netting to deter them.

This week we dug holes in the garden north of the house. The digging is very easy with very few rocks. We are using a $10 fork from Bunnings to dig the holes. The fork has proved to be a very handy tool. The soil is very moist because of all the precipitation. We place a handful of Dynamic Lifter (pelletised poultry manure) in each hole. The holes are then filled with water. Once the water drains away the holes are ready for plants. We also mulched some of the newer plantings.

To ensure a steady supply of plants we potted on rooted cuttings of Grevillea victoriae, G. jephcottii, Micromyrtus ciliata and Boronia megastigma. The Boronia is the well known species with brownish, bell-shaped flowers that have a strong perfume. It is interesting that not everybody is able to smell the perfume. We are having some success with boronia propagation. For a long time we have avoided this colourful and aromatic group of plants because we felt that cutting propagation was difficult. We now realise that we were wrong and are on the lookout for other varieties to propagate and plant. We also potted on seedling Acacia ixiophylla. We now have a number of acacia species in tubes that will be planted when they are large enough.

Work progresses in the vegetable garden. This week we sowed five varieties of Asian green seeds and planted seedling cherry tomatoes.

Hakea lasiantha is flowering. This Western Australian species is blooming prolifically this spring due to the good rainfall.

Wildlife observations: A flock of 20 galahs flew over one morning. We also observed a Noisy Friarbird or Leatherhead feeding on the nectar in the blooms of one of our bottlebrushes (callistemons).

 

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