Week 4 April 2015: Rain = 5 millimetres

We dug lots of holes in the extension of our North Garden. Previously we have been using a pick to dig the holes. We noticed that very few rocks were uncovered when we were digging holes so this time a fork was used for digging. This worked out very well and our hole digging speed increased considerably. This week the planting totalled 39 tubes.

This week Tremandra stelligera, Scaevola species, Melaleuca pulchella and Eremophila Dusky were potted on. We also put sprouted broad bean seeds in thumb pots. We are sprouting these seeds using damp paper sandwiches in margarine containers. As they grow they will be planted in our vegetable gardens.

Speaking of vegetables this week we picked turnips, capsicums and egg plant.

Our Acacia iteaphylla plants are in full flower. This handsome wattle always brings a spring feel to the garden in the cooler months. Callistemon comboynensis is also in full flower and a Eucalyptus caesia is beginning to flower.

With the colder weather the evaporation rate has dropped considerably. We now only water our tubed plants every second day.

This week we received cuttings of two rare plant species from the Department of the Environment. They are attempting a captive breeding programme to save these plants from extinction. The plants are species of Homoranthus and Pimelea. Hopefully we will have success with the cuttings.

We had great excitement this week. We received two boxes of plants, from nurseries, that we bought on Ebay. One box contained five plants of a dwarf form of Banksia spinulosa and five Grevillea Molly. The other box held nine Boronia heterophylla. All the plants were very healthy and we were very happy with the purchases. Australia Post has an excellent delivery service.

Wildlife observations: Our two Blue Wrens are still performing outside our lounge room window. The male has lost his entire colour except for his blue tail. We noticed that the female has a brown bill whilst the male bill is black. Our scrub wrens have a nest in a pot near our back door. They have been occupying the nest for some time. One day we saw an adult fly out of the nest. During the week a large flock of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes were flying in and out of the stringybarks, west of the house. This is now a fairly regular event. This is the first year that we have noticed this behaviour.


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