Week 4 September 2005: Rain = 16mm
We collected cuttings on our trip last week. This week they were prepared and placed in our propagating house. This took some time as we prepared 500 cuttings. We also took 250 digital photos. We love digital photography. It gives you much more freedom and independence than film photography.
This week our eldest daughter and her children spent five days with us. A great time was had by all.
This week we heard our first Channel-billed Cuckoo. They always arrive in early spring. They are large, grey, ungainly birds and lay their eggs in Currawong nests.
We have a Xanthorrhea or Grass Tree growing just outside our bedroom window. Last year the plant produced two flower spikes. This week we noticed that a new flower spike has appeared. Grass Trees grow very slowly but the flower spikes develop rapidly. Birds and insects are attracted to Grass Tree flowers. Last year native bees visited the flowers.
We purchased some perlite this week. Mention was made on the ABC Gardening Australia programme about the propagating mix used by the Sydney Botanic Gardens . They use half coco peat and half perlite. We use coco peat and river sand. We are going to try this perlite mix with some cuttings to see if it is more effective than our usual mix. We will be reporting on the results in the future.
Plenty of blooming plants in the garden. This week our Acacia ligulata started to flower. Most of our other Wattles have almost finished flowering. Acacia ligulata will extend the spring flowering flush.
A pair of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters has built a nest in one of our Clematis vines on our back patio. Over the years many birds have nested in these vines.

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