Week 4 July 2014: Rain = 15.5 millimetres

This week we sowed broad bean, sugar pea and radish seeds in one of our raised vegetable beds.

Planting continued in the garden north of the house. This week 34 plants were planted. We mulched all these plants. We also planted a large Banksia integrifolia that was bought from the local Bunnings store. This week we received some Raspberry canes from a mail order nursery. They were potted on and later in the year will be planted in a vegetable bed.

Struck cuttings of Scaevola Aussie Salute, Grevillea leiophylla, G. iascapula, G. Radiance plus seedling Hakea bucculenta were potted on. We will have to do a lot more planting to cope with the back log of tubed plants. Our propagating endeavours are very successful. At the moment plants going into the garden equal cuttings and seedlings potted on.

As spring approaches plants are bursting into bloom. This week we have Melaleuca fulgens, Eucalyptus leucoxylon, Hakea decurrens, Acacia polybotrya, Grevillea Fireworks, G. jephcottii and Callistemon phoeniceus blooming bounteously.

Late in the week we visited our friends from Canberra. They are creating a garden east of Yallaroo. We always have an interesting time during our visits.

We are back on the ABC again. This Saturday was our first talkback garden programme for some months. Mark, who conducts the Saturday sportís programme, has volunteered to compare the garden programme. We had an enjoyable time with a number of listeners phoning in with questions. We will be on once every three weeks.

Some interesting wildlife observations this week: A flock of Choughs were feeding on the ground near our small dam, a black Cormorant was resting on the margin of our big dam, a Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater was feeding on the blooms in a clump of Grevillea arenaria, also at least ten Eastern Spinebills were also feeding in these plants. Finally the most significant sighting was a Yellow-tufted Honeyeater who was also feeding on the G. arenaria flowers. This was a new sighting and brings the total of Yallaroo birds to over 90.

These grevilleas are self sown and have formed a large clump just near our internal road junction. Although the flowers are hidden by the foliage, honeyeaters have no difficulty finding them.


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