Week 3 September 2006: Rain = 6.5mm
This week saw the completion of one of our horticultural projects. The garden surrounding our new pond was completed (see image). The final 30 plants went into the ground late in the week. There will be some fine tuning as no doubt some plants will expire and have to be replaced and a few weeds will appear but the major work is finished. This garden is now home to about 240 plants. We have already started a new garden and in a spare moment we dug about 30 holes ready for plants.
One morning this week we gave a talk on propagating at the Armidale Tree Group Nursery. We concentrated on seed and cutting propagation. About 30 people attended. This local nursery has become an excellent source of native plants for people on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. They propagate most of their plants on site and always have an interesting range of plants at reasonable prices.
Some plants were found carrying flowers this week. One was a Thomasia that had become hidden amongst other shrubs and a semi-prostrate Dryandra was found with two blooms.
There is more wildlife news this week. Swallows are building a mud nest under the roof of our back patio. They have nested under the roof for many years. Last year they built a nest above our back door. Fortunately this time the debris from the nest and the chicks will fall on the ground and not on our heads.
We have a Senna plant in full flower near the back of the house and this week together with many exotic honey bees some large native Carpenter Bees are visiting the flowers.
Also the Noisy Friarbirds have returned. Last year they visited later when the Callistemons were flowering. This year they are a few weeks early and have been attracted by the flowers on the Eucalyptus albens and Eucalyptus laevopinea trees that are flowering in our woodland.
This week we used plenty of grey water on the garden surrounding our new pond. These new plants will be watered every ten days or so to ensure that they survive and thrive through spring and summer.
We belong to an Eremophila Study Group and this week their interesting newsletter arrived. A new book was mentioned in the newsletter. Eremophila and Allied Genera by R. J. Chinnock will be available in March/April 2007. This massive tome will run to 704 pages with 335 colour plates and will comprehensively cover the Myoporaceae family. We are looking forward to the release of this book as both Eremophilas and Myoporums are some of our favourite Australian plants..
New on the site this week: Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Hakea salicifolia, Eucalyptus approximans, Eucalyptus codonocarpa, Dryandra nivea and Thomasia petalocalyx.