Week 4 August 2003: Rain: 28.5 mm.
A pair of White-eared Honeyeaters has nested in our Banana Passionfruit growing against our shed and this week we heard two chicks calling from the nest.
One day, this week, we received a welcome 26 mm of rain. Rain encourages the Grey Kangaroos to migrate to the mown area on the north side of the house. Seventeen appeared after the rain.
This week we saw our first Jacky Lizard for the season. The warm weather is fast approaching.
Still planting in our Lawn garden beds. The beds are being mulched, as we plant, with sawdust. If we leave mulching for more then a fortnight then the beds become swamped with weeds.
We had a look at Mars glowing red in the sky on Wednesday night. This is the closest that Mars has come to earth in 60,000 years. A mind-boggling thought.
Some of our edible exotics are bursting into flower. A nectarine and peach are blooming pictures.
Some time ago we bought a truckload of semi-composted chipped green waste from the local Council. We used this material as mulch, but unfortunately it did not inhibit the growth of our aggressive weeds. Consequently we have returned to the use of sawdust as mulch. The Council material has broken down to very attractive compost. We made some potting mix with this material and river sand. Potted on some Correas, Banksias and Acacias in the mix. So far the plants are making excellent progress.
Went to the local markets this Sunday. Didnít intend to buy any plants. But, as per usual, we weakened and bought tube stock including a very attractive pink flowering form of Hardenbergia violacea.
Visited some gardens, after the markets, with fellow members of the local group of the Australian Plant Society. We were looking mainly at Acacias, as Wattle Day is 1st September. The group also visited Yallaroo to look at our Wattles.
Sarah and David Caldwell were on the garden tour. They are the owners of the Mole Station Native Nursery, near Tenterfield. They produce an amazing range of native plants that are sold through many nurseries in New South Wales and Queensland. Sarah and David were kind enough to present us with a red flowering form of Grevillea juniperina from Torrington on the Northern Tablelands.

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