Week 4 September 2009:  Rain = 20.5 millimetres.

On our weekly shopping expedition we picked up a light unit for our aquarium. This came from overseas and replaced a faulty unit with low light output. The new unit lights up the aquarium with three fluoro tubes. The aquatic plants should take off now.

On the way home we visited friendís garden. They have many large Prostantheras (Mint Bushes) growing under Eucalypts. The Mint Bushes were in full flower and were a magnificent sight. We were given cutting material of some species that are not in our garden.

Early in the week virtually the whole state of New South Wales was blanketed by a huge dust storm. At Yallaroo visibility was down to a few hundred metres. Red dust was everywhere. What a terrible waste of valuable top soil. Through the gloom we managed to catch site of a Kingfisher in the garden.

The next day the atmosphere was clearer and we observed the pair of Spiny-cheeked Honeyeaters that have been around for a few weeks.

On the weekend we travelled to Tamworth. On the Friday night we gave a talk to the local group of the Australian Plant Society. This is a very active group with many keen growers of native plants. On Saturday and Sunday we gave three talks at the annual Rotary Garden Expo. The Plant Group had a stall and sold many native plants all propagated by the members. Our friends, Bill and Sonya, kindly provided us with accommodation. We came home with over 50 plants.

Towards the end of the week we dug holes to give 30 plants homes in our garden. We also planted some tomato seedlings in one of our vegetable rings.

We also found time to visit the Armidale Tree Group. We are speaking at their Spring Gala next weekend and made final arrangements for our talk. Of course we couldnít leave without buying some plants.

New on the Site: Atriplex nummularia, Brachychiton rupestris, Leptospermum Cardwell, Melaleuca quadrifaria and Olearia phlogopappa.


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