A 12-strong team from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV) at Cranbourne visited last month to familiarise themselves with Anglesea heathland species that may be added to the Cranbourne collection, especially those with horticultural potential or which are rare or endangered.
Anglesea has certainly had plenty of visitors coming to view our orchids over the past few weeks.
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.