Early rain and it looked like it would be a wet walk but the sky cleared and 14 of us including two visitors, gathered and squeezed into three 4WD’s for the slippery drive out to Bald Hills.
At the start of Boundary track the Shiny Peppermint Eucalyptus falciformis was a mass of flowers.
Creamy Smokebush and Heath Milkwort were both flowering well throughout the area. We were impressed by the Dwarf Bush-pea Pultenaea humilis, the dainty Twining Fringe-lily and masses of Silky Teatree – mostly white but patches of pink here and there. There were colourful Red-riding-hood Gompholobium ecostatum and the yellow form Dwarf Wedge pea; Globe-pea and Common Aotus. The Small Sheoak Allocasuarina misera was flowering and we were able to compare the male and female plants. Orchids seen included a few sun orchids, one small bearded greenhood and we were thrilled to find a group of Flying Duck orchids.
Watching the sun orchids open
The views of the mine have changed with the coal face now covered and water accumulating at the base. Somehow the scar seems larger.
Looking at the mine site
Rain was threatening but we managed to have lunch at the corner of Peregrine Track before it became heavy and had us stepping out along the much eroded track back to Bald Hill Rd.
We all agreed it had been a very enjoyable walk.
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.