To finish off the year I am again highlighting red, and also white as this is a common summer colour.
Following last month’s fauna report when it was first mentioned, there have been several sightings of Scarlet Honeyeaters reported from in and around Moggs Creek, Aireys Inlet and Anglesea as well as on the Bellarine Peninsula and many other localities in Victoria.
We had intended to go to the Brisbane Ranges this month, with Margaret Lacey filling in for Ellinor Campbell as the leader, but there were only four of us and one was ill on the day so we decided to stay local and explore the heath near the corner of O’Donohue Road and the Great Ocean Road on the outskirts of Anglesea.
When we think of life on Earth we tend to think of the plant and animal kingdoms, but there are also other kingdoms such as bacteria and fungi.
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.