Week 4 June 2008: No rain this week.

The flowering Eucalyptus laevopinea that is west of the house was visited by a flock of Wattlebirds this week. Last week Silvereyes visited the tree.

We potted on more seedlings this week, including Acacia brunioides, Hakea salicifolia (the narrow-leaved form) and Allocasuarina nana.

More holes were dug in our Triangle Garden this week. Twelve plants filled some of the holes.

One day, this week, we were visited by a couple from the Central Coast, north of Sydney. They belong to the Australian Plant Society Group on the Central Coast. We enjoyed showing them the garden and they left with bags of cuttings.

As we walked around the garden we came across a Hakea drupacea in full flower. We have been waiting for years for this species to bloom and this was a pleasant surprise. We have a number of specimens in the garden and hopefully they will also burst into bloom.

Two other Hakeas flowered this week. Hakea nodosa has yellow flowers and Hakea laurina (the Pincushion Hakea) has cream and pink globular flowers. This is the first time that this latter species has flowered.

One night this week we spoke to the Armidale Garden Club about Wattles suitable for growing in this region. The members were interested in the range of species that may be grown. They will visit Yallaroo in spring.

We had a birthday this week and one very welcome present was two Correa Little Cate plants. This is a new release and has red tubular flowers. This variety has forms of Correa pulchella in its parentage.

A flock of seven Double Bars visited the garden beds near the house this week. Our sightings of these delightful finches have increased over the past few weeks.

A Striated Pardalote has started to visit a nesting tube that is under our patio roof. Hopefully there will be some nesting activity in spring.

Last year we collected some seeds from our prostrate Acacia baileyana. This week we sowed the seed. It will be interesting to see if the seedlings maintain the ground covering growth habit.

This week we found a large Grevillea arenaria plant below the wall of our Big Dam. We have a number of specimens growing in the vicinity and the seed probably came from these plants.  
New on the Site: Correa Little Cate and Hakea laurina.


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