Week 4 October 2004: Rain = 46 mm.

We are extending our Correa garden to accommodate more plants. This week we worked out the new boundary and started planting. This garden will still be basically semi-circular in shape and shares one border with what is known as the Septic Garden. This rather off-putting name was given to this garden because it surrounds our septic tank.

A number of male King Parrots are frequenting the mown area outside our bedroom window. They are feeding on grass seeds. Males and females are different in colour. Males have dark green backs with light green flecks scattered through the dark green feathers. Each male King Parrot has individual patterns of light green flecks. Hopefully the absence of female King Parrots indicates that they are nesting.

This week some drastic pruning was undertaken. Some of our larger shrubs have not been pruned for a number of years. Some Grevilleas and Westringias are being reduced dramatically in size.

Potted on some tomato and cucumber seedlings. Last year we successfully grew these edible exotics in 20 centimetre pots. This year we are repeating the exercise.

We talked to the Armidale Garden Club this week. The topic was our trip to central Queensland in July. This year we have averaged one talk per month. This was our last group talk for 2004.

The island on our Big Dam is a blaze of colour. The Callistemon pallidus plants, on the island, are in full flower. Many Eucalypts in spring 2004 are also flowering. Eucalyptus dealbata, Tumbledown Red Gum, is native to Yallaroo. Their foliage appeared to become yellow-brown. Closer inspection revealed that this was the colour of the developing buds that cover the trees. The trees should begin to bloom in a week of so.

Our Chocolate Lilies are beginning to burst into bloom. Many plants are flowering near the Big Dam. There is a strong chocolate smell in the air.

On our Yamba trip (Week 3 October) we purchased a lemon tree. This week the lemon took up residence in a large plastic pot. We are waiting to buy a cumquat. Both plants will live on our back patio.

Garden Diary