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Never thought I'd start a blog, as I have too many interests, but I've just
realised that I want to do one on gardening.

http://chookiesbackyard.blogspot.com/

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Never thought I'd start a blog, as I have too many interests, but I've
just
realised that I want to do one on gardening.

http://chookiesbackyard.blogspot.com/


Nice one Chookie. One bit of advice - don't feed snails to your chooks as
they can give the chooks parasites. Feeding them to ducks is OK.


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Never thought I'd start a blog, as I have too many interests, but I've

just
realised that I want to do one on gardening.

http://chookiesbackyard.blogspot.com/

Oooh - off to read.
It might inspire me to actually put some thought into one I've thought about
doing ... on children's books.
(sorta strange how the librarian wants to blog about gardening, and the
botanist wants to blog about books eh?)

Amanda


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"Chookie" wrote in message
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Never thought I'd start a blog, as I have too many interests, but I've

just
realised that I want to do one on gardening.

http://chookiesbackyard.blogspot.com/

Oooh - off to read.
It might inspire me to actually put some thought into one I've thought

about
doing ... on children's books.
(sorta strange how the librarian wants to blog about gardening, and the
botanist wants to blog about books eh?)

Amanda



Following up as I'm apparently too verbose to post a comment at your
blog....
Great garden description ... (and I say *yes* to a digital camera, even if
only I get to finally see a pic of *you* in your garden to put a face to the
name).
Do you know the species of tea-tree that was native to the area? I know a
few good Qld species that do OK on heavy clays (and possibly M.quinquenervia
would also be OK in NSW) and wonder what the NSW species are that are found
in the western Sydney area.... M.thymifolia? M.nodosa? M.erubescens?
M.decora? M.linariifolia (sp?)? other spp???
Amanda


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Following up as I'm apparently too verbose to post a comment at your
blog....
Great garden description ... (and I say *yes* to a digital camera, even if
only I get to finally see a pic of *you* in your garden to put a face to the
name).
Do you know the species of tea-tree that was native to the area? I know a
few good Qld species that do OK on heavy clays (and possibly M.quinquenervia
would also be OK in NSW) and wonder what the NSW species are that are found
in the western Sydney area.... M.thymifolia? M.nodosa? M.erubescens?
M.decora? M.linariifolia (sp?)? other spp???


M. decora and M. nodosa, principally. Most of the others do well here too,
along with bottlebrushes. The pity is that most plant breeding work has gone
into Sydney sandstone species, which generally don't cope in western Sydney.

I'm still waiting for someone to bring out Acacia pubescens (Downy Wattle)
commercially. It's a small (3m) wattle, with pretty blue-green ferny leaves,
and scented flowers. Perfect for today's smaller gardens! The problem is
propagation -- it tends to sucker rather than grow from seed, and seed
viability is really low (I suppose tissue-culture must be too expensive?).

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http://chookiesbackyard.blogspot.com/


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"Chookie" wrote in message
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In article ,
"Flowergirl" wrote:

Following up as I'm apparently too verbose to post a comment at your
blog....
Great garden description ... (and I say *yes* to a digital camera, even

if
only I get to finally see a pic of *you* in your garden to put a face to

the
name).
Do you know the species of tea-tree that was native to the area? I know

a
few good Qld species that do OK on heavy clays (and possibly

M.quinquenervia
would also be OK in NSW) and wonder what the NSW species are that are

found
in the western Sydney area.... M.thymifolia? M.nodosa? M.erubescens?
M.decora? M.linariifolia (sp?)? other spp???


M. decora and M. nodosa, principally. Most of the others do well here

too,
along with bottlebrushes. The pity is that most plant breeding work has

gone
into Sydney sandstone species, which generally don't cope in western

Sydney.

I'm still waiting for someone to bring out Acacia pubescens (Downy Wattle)
commercially. It's a small (3m) wattle, with pretty blue-green ferny

leaves,
and scented flowers. Perfect for today's smaller gardens! The problem is
propagation -- it tends to sucker rather than grow from seed, and seed
viability is really low (I suppose tissue-culture must be too expensive?).

I guess that depends on how well a commercial propagator will think the
nursery plants will sell.

Actually, there are a lot of plants like that that I *want* but can't easily
get for want of a commercial propagator.

One thing about the drought is that I do seem to be seeing a wider range of
native plants being offered for sale at our local nursery.

Amanda
(who's just been told that for our tenth wedding anniversary (today) we're
off to pick up a Wollemia nobilis ... a fine example of a vegetatively
propagated plant that appears to be selling well



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Amanda
(who's just been told that for our tenth wedding anniversary (today) we're
off to pick up a Wollemia nobilis ... a fine example of a vegetatively
propagated plant that appears to be selling well


Congratulations on the anniversary and the Wollemi pine!

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