Week 4 January 2002: 20 mm rain this week. Planting continues in our Lawn Garden.
Two Eucalypts are flowering in the gardens at Yallaroo. Eucalyptus nortonii, the Large-leaved Box and is a native of NSW and Victoria. The common name is very appropriate as the leaves may reach 30 cm (12 in) in length. The flowers are large, about 2cm across and white. Our plant is about eight years old and 7 m high. Eucalyptus apiculata has flowered for the first time. This flowering is rather surprising. The plant is only two metres tall and about two years old. The flowers are also white. Eucalyptus apiculata is one of a number of eucalypts that are small enough to be planted in suburban gardens. We call these species “Backyard Eucalypts”.
Spent some time potting on struck cuttings and seedlings into tubes. They will be ready to plant when they are 15 cm (6 in) tall or when the roots appear at the base of the tube which ever comes first.
Our Passionfruit are ripening. This year we should be able to harvest about 100 fruits from two vines. We scrape out the pulp and store in the freezer. The frozen pulp keeps us in Passionfruit until next year.