First today I sprayed some of the more stubborn grasses and weeds that come up through pavers and stones on various paths around the garden. Then I carted away another dozen huge fronds that had died and fallen from various palm trees. Some are up to six metres long and quite heavy. I now have stacks of these and other dead branches heaped in five different places around the garden, ready for burning when we finally get to the end of the dry season.
|Pumping out remaining water before tank cleaning|
|Deserted nest - next day|
It's hard to see how these things took me nearly four hours, but I haven't mentioned all the little distractions between major tasks. The spray nozzle, for example, that got blocked several times – taking that apart and cleaning it out is always tedious and time-consuming. Or the pool skimmer box that needed emptying and a new 'sock' fitted – and of course I stopped to scoop a few leaves out of the water after that! While down that end of the pool, I remembered that I'd planted two banksias and some grasses near the pump house last week, so I had to water those. And then Allen kindly made me a cup of tea, so we sat for a while and enjoyed the late afternoon sunshine.
|A clump of mistletoe on one side of the pecan tree|
The first was a variety of mistletoe growing on a branch of the larger of two pecan trees in my garden. I think I started off this specimen a few years ago when I pulled a piece off a plant hanging from a tree by the side of the road not far from home. I came home and threw a long strand of that plant up into this pecan tree. I noticed last year it had 'taken', but I didn't see any flowers then.
|First leaves of Spring on the other side of the pecan tree|
|Flowers and leaves of the black bean tree|
I'm not concerned with any of that, however. For me the black bean is just a beautiful shade tree with a truly exotic blooming habit.
|Black bean flowers grow in clumps along the branches of the tree|