Week 4 August 2008: Rain =14.5 mm
Spring is on the way. One day this week we saw a White-eared Honeyeater on the back of a Grey Kangaroo. The bird was harvesting hair for nest building.
More Wattles burst into bloom this week. Acacia hakeoides, Acacia howittii and Acacia rigens are contributing to the spring floral extravaganza at Yallaroo.
Digging holes, planting and mulching continued this week. Nineteen plants found homes in our gardens. Included in this burst of planting were a number of Eucalypts that our son bought from the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra some months ago.
Our naturally occurring Eucalyptus albens are flowering profusely. Lorikeets, Friarbirds and Wattlebirds are feeding on the flow of nectar.
A local property owner visited this week and gave us a photograph of a pink flowering Eucalyptus melliodora, Yellow Box (see image). The tree is growing on his grazing property, east of Yallaroo. Some pink-flowering trees grow in the Tamworth area but this is the first occurrence that we have heard of in this area.
We potted on some seedlings this week including Actinostrobus pyramidalis. This is a graceful native conifer from Western Australia.