Week 4 August 2001: There was 35 mm of rain this week. Our house tank overflowed, the soil is moist and we are set up for a blooming great spring.
Saw a Swamp Wallaby one morning feeding close to the house. These solitary animals are rather shy. They have handsome dark brown fur.
Two foxes were roaming near our small dam. One had a drink from the dam. Not certain how much damage these feral invaders do to the Yallaroo environment. They probably catch rabbits (not a bad thing) and we have seen a fox hunting grasshoppers.
This week we gave a talk to the Armidale Group of the Australian Plant Society (previously Society for Growing Australian Plants). We talked about Eremophilas. Members of the Group brought specimens of flowering natives to the meeting. This display demonstrated the huge range of native plants cultivated on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. Twenty years ago local nursery persons were telling gardeners that Grevillea rosmarinifolia and Eucalyptus nicholii were the only natives that would grow in Tableland gardens. We have come a long way since then. The Group also visited Yallaroo on Saturday. Other interested gardeners attended as well. We had about 40 visitors.
Some of our edible exotics are flowering. Nectarines and plums are blooming with buds on peaches and apricots preparing to burst into flower.
Dug more holes and planted in our new Lawn Garden. After the rain the soil is pleasantly moist.
Many Acacias are in full flower. Next time we will mention some of these beautiful plants.