Week 3 September 2008: Rain = 8.5 mm this week

This was enough rain to fill our house water tank to overflowing.

Potted on a few seedlings and struck cuttings this week including Acacia Curvaceous, Eucalyptus orbifolia and Isopogon petiolaris. Acacia Curvaceous is a dwarf form of Acacia cognata and Isopogon petiolaris is a ground covering species from Warialda, west of Yallaroo.

Planting continued this week with 24 plants going into the ground. Whilst planting we came across a Scorpion. This arachnid was about five centimetres long. We sometimes find Scorpions in our gardens. This was one of the larger specimens we have observed.

Last we week we reported finding a Yellow-faced Honeyeater nest in a Westringia near our house. This week both eggs hatched and now there are two fluffy balls of feathers in the nest.

In one of our newer gardens we planted a Halgania preissiana last year. This week whilst tip pruning we found that the Halgania had suckered. About five shoots had appeared above the ground in close proximity to the parent plant. Also in the same garden we came across a small, pink-flowered Hakea decurrens. This plant is only about 15 centimetres tall but is carrying pink buds along the stems.

In another garden we found an Allocasuarina paludosa with red female flower heads clustered along each branch. This was an eye-catching specimen.

We noticed some Paper Wasps wandering around under our patio roof one day this week. They are coming out of their winter hibernation. We once found a colony, of Paper Wasps, in our shed sheltering in a cardboard box over winter. During the colder months they are a lot less aggressive than in summer when they are constructing nests.

At the end of the week a group of Armidale bird watchers visited Yallaroo. We had an enjoyable time and showed them how we have developed our bird-friendly garden.

We spent one day weeding our newest garden. There is a sizeable weed seed bank in some of our areas and once the soil is disturbed by digging holes then weeds appear in large numbers. Weeds close to our plants were removed and those weeds away from the plants were sprayed with Roundup. Usually we only have to weed once of twice in any given garden. After this either the weed seed bank is exhausted or the developing plants shade the garden and inhibit weed germination.

New on the Site: Acacia glaucoptera, Acacia montana and Allocasuarina paludosa.


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