Week 4 November 2015: No rain this week.

Pruning continued this week with our cordless trimmer and lopper in operation. Most of our Callistemons have finished flowering so the spent flowers are being removed.

We picked some woody fruits from one of our Hakea eriantha plants. This is a local form with very narrow leaves. When the fruits opened we sent the seeds to Paul, the leader of the Hakea Study Group for the Group’s seed bank. We are in a number of native plant study groups including Acacia, Eremophila and Eucalypt Groups.

There are plenty of plants flowering including Melaleuca gibbosa and M. alternifolia. In our grassland areas Thysanotus species (Fringed Violet) are flowering and many stems of Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth Orchid) are appearing.

The big news this week was a visit of our eldest daughter who stayed for a few days. We had an enjoyable time. We visited the monthly markets in Armidale and also explored the garden.

We walked around our big dam. In days gone by we planted lots of bottlebrushes and melaleucas near the dam. It was pleasing to see a large number of seedlings of both bottlebrushes and melaleucas growing around the dam.

Our daughter gave us some birthday presents including chocolates, a Stylidium bulbiferum (Circus Triggerplant) and a dwarf Melaleuca squamea called “Hurricane”. We also purchased Grevillea beadleana and Correa Cardinal Bells during our visit to the markets.

We will continue with the horticultural theme. This week struck cuttings of Myoporum viscosum, Correa baeuerlenii (Chef’s Cap Correa) and Eremophila weldii plus seedlings of Hakea constablei were potted on.

Our vegetables were watered with dilute worm juice. Our worm farm produces plenty of nutrient-rich liquid. The farm is at least 17 years old. Lots of earthworm generations have gone into keeping it viable. More beans were picked this week. With the onset of very warm weather we are watering the vegetables and tubes every day.

This season most of our wattles have produced abundant seeds. Many are ripening and this week we harvested and sowed Acacia deanei seeds.

More cricket viewing this week. We watched the final test between Australia and New Zealand.

Wildlife observations: A black snake spent some time around the gardens near the house. It was only a small one, about one metre long. Two Red-necked Wallabies spent some time feeding on the mown area near the front of the house. A flock of Brown-headed Honeyeaters were sighted drinking and bathing in our birdbaths. We noticed Silvereyes and Blue Wrens in one of our Acacia implexa trees. They appeared to be feeding on some exudate on the foliage.

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