Week 4 May 2004: Rain = 10.5mm this week. 13.5mm total for May.Garden Diary
One of our birdbaths paid host to a pair of Golden Whistlers this week. We do not see these colourful birds (at least the male is) very often. A flock of Red-browed finches also availed themselves of the bathing facilities.
We bought what was supposed to be a mauve-flowered form of Melaleuca armillaris some time ago. This week the specimen flowered. On closer inspection we found that the plant is Melaleuca erubescens. We should have realised before we purchased the plant because the foliage is more Melaleuca erubescens than Melaleuca armillaris.
A flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills has been hunting insects on our mown area this week. Their tail feathers are bright yellow. The first time we remember seeing these delightful birds was over 40 years ago on an uncle’s farm near Sydney. They certainly made an impression.
Saw a Copper-tailed Skink in the garden the other day. Even with winter approaching some reptiles are still active.
Some time ago we visited Mount Annan Botanic Garden, south of Sydney. Amongst the flowering plants we saw a beautiful specimen of Eucalyptus oldfieldii blooming bounteously. We were inspired by this plant and found some seeds amongst our collection and sowed them. This week the seeds germinated. The seeds were at least ten years old and have not been stored in ideal conditions. In excess of ten seeds germinated. We are looking forward to planting specimens of this beautiful eucalypt at Yallaroo.
Last Saturday a listener, from Tamworth, rang our talkback radio programme. In her native garden she is cultivating at least 80 different Hakea species. We were rather impressed by this number and did a quick census of our Hakea collection. The best we could do was 26 Hakea species.
We spent some time digging lots of holes in a new section of our Lawn Garden. Still adopting our policy of close planting. The holes are 50 centimetres apart.