Week 4 October 2005: Rain = 24mm
After the good rain and warm weather some new garden beds are carrying an unacceptable load of weeds. This week time was spent weeding.
We have many Ajuga australis germinating in various areas. This week we transplanted many Ajugas into various gardens.
We put nets over our nectarine and peach trees. This protects the developing fruit from birds. Last year we had splendid crops of both fruits.
A few years ago we planted a Dwarf Bloodwood (Eucalyptus eximia nana) in one of our gardens. This week the three metre high tree burst into bloom. The plant is covered with clusters of large cream flowers. Many insects are visiting the flowers including a range of native bees.
Our digital camera has been working overtime this week. There are so many plants flowering that almost every day we spend time taking photos.
Some plants have expired in newer gardens. This week we replanted some of these areas. The regular rain should ensure that these new plants will become established speedily.
We reorganised our propagating bench this week. Many cuttings have struck. We place new pots of cuttings on the bench to fill the holes left by successful propagation.
Seeds were sown this week. We do not have a vegetable garden but grow some edible exotics in pots. This week we sowed dwarf beans in 20 cm pots.
We met a Black Snake in the garden this week. The reptile was upset so we took a few photos before beating a retreat.
Some years ago we collected cuttings of a Callistemon brachyandrus from a
garden. The cuttings struck enthusiastically and many specimens were planted in our gardens. This week they burst into bloom with short red brushes and golden anthers. North Coast
Melaleuca decussata and Melaleuca gibbosa are also in full flower. These two Melaleucas are very similar in appearance. The former has larger leaves than the latter but their flowers are almost identical.
All our flowering Bottlebrushes are attracting many honeyeaters. The largest and loudest are the Noisy Friarbirds or Leatherheads. We have not seen so many at Yallaroo before.
We have a single flowering spike of Xanthorrhea on our solitary plant. The spike is proving a magnet for large and small honeyeaters as well a diverse range of insects.