October Working Bee

10.00 AM – 1.00 PM: Tree guard removal near Fisheries Beach
Coffee/Tea & Cake provided, BYO lunch & drinks
2.00 PM – 4.00 PM: Spring walk – Daisies, muntries and more
Coast end Land Ends Rd, walk to Trig Point

10.00 AM – 12.00 Noon: Weeding – scabiosa and small woody weeds
Loppers, gloves and cake provided
Near bench seat, Flinders Drive 10.00 AM – 12.00 Noon

For further information please contact:
carolyn.schultz165@gmail.com or liz.cousins1@gmail.com

Working Bee Weekends

Sat 10-4 & Sun 10-12

1st weekend of every second month except long weekend (Oct)


Oct 19 / 20 Weeding / Spring Walk / Tree Guard collecting
Nov 3 Goodwood Seed Sowing, with COOTS
Nov 30 / Dec 1 Sat Nov 30 Weeding / Seed collecting
Sun Dec 1 Grasses Workshop (Tanya Milne)
Feb 1 / 2 Weeding &Tree Guard collecting
April 5 / 6 Workshop / Weeding
May 31 / Jun 1 Planting  (note revised date)
Aug 2 / 3 Planting / Weeding

Weed of the Month – October

(Brassica tournefortii)


(Photos:  E. Cousins, plant at Cape Jervis; http://swbiodiversity.org/seinet/imagelib/imgdetails.php?imgid=216484)

We’ve noticed a lot more of this weed around in the past couple of years: clumps seem to spring up, rather than just single plants, possibly where a seed head has blown in. The weed has a rosette of large leaves at ground level. As can be seen in the left hand picture above, the leaves are pretty hairy, and have lots of lobes. The flower stem towers over this base, up to about the level of your thigh. The flowers are a fairly ordinary yellow with four petals, and occur in winter to early summer. Having come from the desert areas of the Middle East, this plant knows how to survive in our drying soils in spring: it hogs the water in the soil, then sets seed earlier than most other plants. These seeds can survive for many years in the soil, and remain viable after droughts and bushfires. So the weed is hard to eradicate by just pulling out, or burning. Keep an eye out for infestations starting on roadsides, or sandy areas, and stop it early!

Plant of the Month – October



(Hardenbergia violacea)


(Photos: E. Cousins)

Want a lovely climber for your garden? Hardenbergia looks superb growing over old tree stumps, through a shrub, or up a trellis. The stems are wiry, growing up to 2 metres long. The leaves are elongated, leathery, and dark green on top but paler underneath.

The outstanding feature, though, is surely the sprays of purple flowers that are as long as the leaves. These occur all over the plant, from winter through to early summer. Now there’s a nice way to brighten your garden over dull days!