Week 4 April 2007: Rain = 36mm Total for April = 49mm Monthly average = 46mm

We spent a good deal of time working on a new garden this week. One area was levelled many years ago and has been invaded by Coolatai Grass. We have killed some of this obnoxious grass and are beginning to plant. This garden will be known as the Coolatai Garden. The other area we are planting is near our incinerator. It is smaller than the previous garden but will screen the incinerator from the rest of the garden. Strangely enough this garden will be known as the Incinerator Garden.

A flock of Silvereyes visited one of our birdbaths this week. They usually travel in flocks of ten or more.

Found a small mysterious Wattle in one of our gardens this week. The plant caught our eye because it was flowering. After reference to our Acacia books we diagnosed the species as Acacia juncifolia.

Whilst working on the Coolatai Garden we uncovered a small snake that was living under some rocks. After more diagnosis we found that the reptile was a Red-naped Snake.

We mentioned last week that Callistemons are now known as Melaleucas. We wondered if there were any Callistemons and Melaleucas with the same species name. There are two: Callistemon sieberi and Melaleuca sieberi. No doubt the botanists will be doing some soft-shoe shuffling to resolve this anomaly.

Two Western Australian Grevilleas are flowering in the garden this week. Grevillea flexuosa and Grevillea mccutcheonii are blooming profusely.

We found another Western Australian Grevillea in one of our gardens this week. Grevillea diversifolia was planted many years ago and became hidden in one of our shrubberies.

Micromyrtus ciliata is known as the Fringed Honey-myrtle and has been planted in a number of Yallaroo gardens. This week we found two specimens that are suckering. Seven suckers were surgically removed and placed in pots. When ready they will find homes in our gardens. This is the first time that we have observed this species suckering.

Our oldest garden is situated west of our clothesline. This garden is over ten years old and was in need of some attention. This week some pruning was undertaken and a couple of expired plants were removed.

Two Eucalyptus laevopinea trees have burst into bloom. They are fairly tall trees and are situated east of the house. Honeyeaters and many insects are attracted to the nectar flow.

Two friends from Armidale visited Yallaroo this week. They were interested in seeing how we planted and mulched our gardens. Hopefully they will be able to apply some of our planting principles to their garden.

Late this week we travelled to Tamworth and spent two days there. The main reason for this trip was to present the gardening programme from live the Craft Centre. Our friends Marcia the co-host and David our ABC announcer conducted the programme in the Craft Centre. We had a few technical hiccups but it was worthwhile endeavour. Hopefully we will do it again.

The two days, in Tamworth, were horticulturally successful. Bill and Sonya, two members of the local Australian Plant Society Group, showed us around their splendid native garden gave us some plants and cuttings.

We talked to many gardeners at the Craft Centre and made contact with Jodie and Michael who are establishing a nursery in the area.

Prue, who maintains the Craft Centre garden, showed us this interesting area. We attended a meeting of the Tamworth Native Plant Group and saw an absorbing PowerPoint presentation on Eucalypts. This was prepared and presented by our friend Tony who is a Eucalypt expert.

Just to put the icing on the cake, we visited Bunning’s Hardware complex and were pleasantly surprised at the range of healthy native plants in their nursery. Amongst our purchases were two Western Australian Wattles: Acacia drummondii and Acacia guinetii. We have been seeking this latter species for many years.

All-in-all this has been a very productive and interesting week. 
New on Site:   Acacia juncifolia, Grevillea diversifolia, Grevillea mccutcheonii  and  Red-naped Snake


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