Week 4 July 2007:  Rain = one paltry millimetre.

We potted on some struck cuttings including Grevillea granulifera. This Grevillea grows along a roadside inland from Taree on the North Coast of New South Wales. In some areas it is the dominant understorey shrub.

Planting continued in two of our gardens this week. The Coolatai and Caravan Gardens received plants. These were mulched straight after planting and watering. Directly after mulching the plants receive another good watering.

As the winter continues we cut more firewood this week. We only light our wood heater during the night except if the day is cold and overcast and we are confined indoors.

Near where we cut the firewood there is a small colony of feral Grevilleas. These are hybrid seedlings from the Grevilleas that we have planted. Some have attractive foliage and flowers and in future we will take cuttings and incorporate these plants in our gardens.

Spring must be on the way. This week we heard and saw a couple of Fantailed Cuckoos. They usually lay their eggs in the nests of Honeyeaters, Scrub wrens, Blue Wrens and Thornbills.

Speaking of birds there has been a flock of Red-browed Finches in the gardens near the house this week.

Lots of our planted Eucalypts are in bud. These include: Eucalyptus cyanophylla, Eucalyptus leucoxylon, Eucalyptus macrandra and Eucalyptus pulchella. Eucalyptus stricta, the Blue Mountains Mallee is not only covered in buds but is beginning to produce clusters of white flowers. This is one of our favourite mallee Eucalypts. This specimen has taken about three years to flower.

On Sunday we drove to the University and walked around the campus looking at the gardens. The Botany Department has a very interesting garden with many native plants both local and from other areas. Other University gardens have Banksias, Correas, Croweas and Hakeas included in their plantings.

We also went for a walk to our western boundary one day this week. The boundary is about 1.5 kilometres from the house. There is lots of regeneration, particularly Eucalypts and Angophoras. On one rocky outcrop we found a large colony of Correa reflexa. This form has green tubular flowers.

New on the Site: Eucalyptus sideroxylon.


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