Fighting-frogs.JPG (33313 bytes)Week 4 August 2007: No rain

We cannot connect to ADSL broadband so this week we decided to try to obtain Satellite Broadband. The government offered a rebate that covered the cost of the dish and associated equipment. Unfortunately this offer finished on 13th August & new funding has not been approved. We have been in contact with three Satellite Broadband companies and they assure us that funding is coming soon. We would be interested in hearing from readers that have Satellite Broadband and how they find the service. yallaroo@bluepin.net.au is our email address.

We spent some time this week cleaning up near our potting area. This space has become a trifle untidy with pots etc lying around. The area looks tidier now. We also cleaned out the gutter of our shed. There are some tall Eucalypts near the shed so every so often the gutter has to be divested of its load of leaves.

More plants went into the ground this week. They were planted in the Coolatai Garden.

We have a couple of bare areas in the gardens around the house. These are spots were there is clay areas. This week we covered these areas with rocks and then sprinkled mulch over the rocks and swept the mulch into the gaps between the rocks. In the fullness of time a few rocks will be removed and plants will be placed in the gaps.

A pair of Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes has been around this week. These handsome birds usually appear at the end of winter.

Plenty of lizards have made an appearance this week as the spring makes its presence felt. Two skink species and Jacky Lizards have been observed around the house.

This week we had a rare view of frog behaviour. We noticed that the water, in our Big Pond (no relation to Telstra), was rather disturbed. On closer inspection we found that two male Burrowing Frogs were fighting probably to gain dominance and breeding rights in the pond (see image). This could be a rare photograph of frog behaviour.

We used grey water on several of our newish gardens. This will keep up the soil moisture after the recent excellent rain.

There was a lunar eclipse one night this week. We had a great view from our north-facing deck. Our usually clear skies make any astronomical observations memorable. The eclipse was no exception.

This week we discovered a Cryptandra scortechinii in full flower in one of our gardens. We had forgotten about this plant. A number of Blue Flower Wasps were visiting the flowers.

On our regular shopping day we visited the local hardware store. They were having a sale and we bought three garden seats ($59 each) and a Boronia denticulata. We have grown this species in previous gardens and will be adding it to our collection. Boronia denticulata is a Western Australian native and is one of the hardiest of the genus. Of course cuttings were taken the next day. Also the next day we assembled the garden seats. We donít seem to have time to use garden seats but they are useful for when we have visitors to the Yallaroo.

This week we received a proof copy of a book describing native plants suitable for the Tamworth district. This very useful book has been compiled by the Tamworth Group of the Australian Plant Society. They are having trouble sourcing funding to have the book published. Although the book is aimed at residents of the Tamworth area the plants described are suitable for many other areas. We hope to see the book published in the near future.

One day was spent spot spraying weeds that have emerged in some of our new garden beds. We use Glyphosate sparingly and usually only have to spot spray a couple of times to bring the weeds under control.

This week a pair of Grey Thrushes has been active around our plastic propagating structure. We discovered why there is so much activity. They have built a nest near our propagating bench. Hopefully our activity around the nest will not discourage them.

Speaking of the propagating bench we potted on some struck cuttings. Some cuttings of Grevillea Coastal Glow have produced roots.

New on Site: Allocasuarina nana, Boronia denticulata, Brown-headed Honeyeater, Crinum pedunculatum and Street Trees.

 

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