Week 4 November 2011: Rain = 154 millimetres. Most of this rain fell in a period of three days. The heavy rain caused widespread flooding and extensive damage to roads in northern New South Wales. We suffered no damage but everything overflowed including our dams, house tank and ponds. Soil moisture level is very high and our plants should almost jump out of the ground.

All three Willie Wagtail eggs, in the nest outside our back door, have hatched. The parents are very busy catching insects for the ravenous fledglings.

Striated Pardalotes are nesting in a nesting tube just above our back door and late in the week two babies left the nest.

This week we sighted a Swamp Wallaby with a Joey on our mown area. This is the first time we have seen a young Swamp Wallaby at Yallaroo.

Other wildlife sightings were a Black Cormorant and a pair of White-faced Herons in and near our Big Dam. Also lots of frogs are around our Small Dam.

Before and after the rain we managed to do some outside work. Firstly we used the ride-on mower to mow the large area north of our house. This area is used by various macropods throughout the year. During the Christmas period and some school holidays the macropods make way for grandchildren and grandparents when the area is used for kite flying, Frisbee throwing and other outside activities.

Lots of planting was also undertaken and 25 plants found homes in the garden before and after the deluge.

Our Prostanthera lasianthos plants are beginning to flower. This is a widespread species and in the future may be split into five species. Melaleuca linariifolia is also blooming bounteously. The common name for this tall shrub is Snow on the Mountain and aptly describes the masses of white flowers carried on the ends of branches. Eucalyptus curtisii, the Plunket Mallee, is also flowering furiously.

We found time to do some potting on. Struck cuttings of Grevillea floribunda went into tubes.  This was one of the species collected on our visit to the Pilliga Scrub in September.

New on the Site: Callistemon formosus, Calothamnus rupestris, Eremophila laanii, Isopogon petiolaris, Prostanthera granitica and Westringia Poorinda Pavane.


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