Week 3 September 2007:  Rain = 2.5 mm

Our Viola betonicifolia plants began to bloom this week. We have some growing naturally and some in tubes ready for planting. This species has a rather irregular flowering cycle. See the entry under plants.

A number of other plants have burst into bloom this week. They are: Acacia mabellae, Acacia lineata, Acacia rigens, Acacia pycnostachya, Olearia viscidula and Isopogon anethifolius to name a few.

We spent some time mulching new plantings in our Coolatai Garden. The plants, in this garden are beginning to put on new spring growth.

This week we made up a fruit fly attractant. This recipe consists of: Two litres of water, Two tablespoons Ammonia, half a cup of Sugar and one teaspoon of Vanilla. Artificial Vanilla is OK. This recipe was given to us by a friend from Tamworth. It was very successful n her garden and attracts male and female fruit flies. The mixture is placed in clear plastic soft drink bottles that have a series of one centimetre holes placed just below the neck and suspended from the trees. We will post the results, of the attractant, once our peaches and nectarines ripen.

On Sunday we visited two local gardens and the Armidale Arboretum. The visits were organised by the local Australian Plant Society (APS). We combined with a large number of members from the Tamworth APS group. A great day was had by all and we saw some fascinating plants and interesting landscape ideas.

New on the Site: Acacia rigens, Viola betonicifolia, Brachychiton acerifolius and Doryanthes palmeri.


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