November ~ December
House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
Friday, 11th November at 7.00 pm
for 7.30pm start
House Mt Penang Rd, Kariong
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Directions To Phillip
Travel up the Kariong hill from West Gosford and turn right at the
second set of lights into The Avenue which is the road that used to
take us to the Flora Festival site and now goes to the High School.
Turn right immediately into Old Mt. Penang Road.
Phillip House is on the left about half way down Old Penang Road.
any red diamond
◊ to go
to the item of your choice.
Tuesday 8th November
Bushcare at Katandra.
Meet in the carpark top of Katandra Road, Holgate at 9am
Friday 11th November
* Starting time 7pm for this month only
Saturday 19th November
Wildplants Rescue Service Open Day
at Pioneer Dairy ◊
Sunday 20th November
Outing - Visit by Newcastle and Hunter Groups to Central
AGM and End of
Tuesday 17th January
Closing date for articles to be included in February
Features ~ ~
for the November meeting has been brought forward to 7pm for the
purpose of discussing the Flora Festival and forming a
Committee for next years event.
Please come early
and join the discussion.
There will be no regular monthly
meeting in December or January.
There will be no monthly bushwalk in
There will be no Newsletter in
December or January. The next newsletter will be February 2012 and
the deadline for articles to be included will be Tuesday 17th
Our speaker for
November will be Margarita C. a member of the North Shore Group.
Margarita has completed a course in Ecology and is a volunteer with
National Parks. Her association with National Parks has given her
the opportunity to take some magnificent photographs of plants and
flowers and on the night she will be showing us some of these and
talking about Hibbertias.
From The Editor
This will be your
last Newsletter for the year; the next one will be February, 2011.
Our AGM and Election of Officers is coming up in December and we are
hoping to see everybody there on the day to welcome in the new
Committee. This year we have a change of venue with the meeting and
End-of-Year Dinner combining with a garden visit at the home of
Elaine & Ian S at Peats Ridge.
At the November
meeting we will be starting at 7pm to hold a post mortem on this
year’s Flora Festival – what we can do to improve our performance
for next year and whether we need to change anything that didn’t
Many thanks to the
people who contributed articles to the Newsletter during the year,
to those that nominated themselves for Plant and Book of the Month
Presentations, to the people who brought in specimens for the I. D.
Table and to the members who have propagated plants for the raffle
I’m always in need
of more forestry tubes for propagating so if you have any lying
around that you don’t want please bring them along to the November
meeting. They don’t have to be scrubbed clean.
I’d also like to
acknowledge and thank Gosford City Council, not all members would be
aware that they print our newsletters as part of their Community
Printing Programme and this has been a huge saving for our Group.
President John Andrews and all of the current Committee join with me
in wishing you all a very safe and happy festive season and we look
forward to catching up with you all at the AGM and End-of-Year
Activity For October
Our activity for
October was a propagating night with Audrey demonstrating the art of
pricking out seedlings and potting them up, Jonathon covered
propagating from cutting and Dot showed us how to propagate ferns.
Seedlings need to
be pricked out and potted up as soon as they are big enough to
handle. The best time to do this is when the first permanent leaves
appear. Partly fill the tube with the potting media then hold the
seedling over the tube and add the potting mix around the seedling
taking care that the roots are pointing down. Gently tap the sides
of the tube settling the potting mix to eliminate air pockets and
water in with a seaweed solution.
Audrey was showing us how to deal with seedlings Jonathon was
demonstrating how to prepare the cutting material. It is important
to clean the secateurs using alcohol wipes or methylated spirits
before using them on the cutting material.
A two-nodal cutting
is where the leaves are removed from three nodes from the bottom of
the cutting. Cut just below a node and this is where the plant will
form new roots from the undeveloped buds. If they are damaged don’t
use this cutting, start with another one. Before commencing check
that the buds have not already started growing, it may not be the
perfect time to do this cutting.
The cutting is then
dipped into a hormone compound, Clonex is recommended for semi
hardwood cuttings and the powdered form is adequate for the others.
Next dip the cutting into honey which has antibacterial agents and
necessary for a nice sterile cutting to strike and place them into a
Hiko tray. The media that Olga and Jonathon use is from Grange
Growing Solutions and is a very fine coir fibre mixed with sawdust
and sand. No fertiliser is used in the mix but it is moistened
before filling the trays. After filling the trays or tubes
compress to remove air pockets.
Ferns – Dot Ferns
have been around for more than 200 million years and in that time
they have evolved many different ways of reproducing themselves.
The most common
method of propagation for home gardeners is by dividing the rhizome
or separating the crown.
Remember to –
Bulbils or leaf tip
plantlets (pictured above right) provide another popular method of
propagating. Peg the leaf down and wait until the bulbils have
produced roots before you sever them from the main plant.
You might like to
experiment by using spore to propagate ferns. Certainly a slower
method but if you are successful you will have lots of ferns to
share with your friends.
Cutting Method that
I Use – Elsie Not everybody owns a heating pad to enhance root
growth of the cuttings but a large plastic container about 35cm deep
will do the job. Fill the container to a depth of about 12cm with a
mix of 70% sand, 20% coir and 10% perlite and using a dibber place
the cuttings into the mix after dipping them into a hormone compound
and honey. Give them a light spray of rain water before closing the
lid and seal them in. Place the container in a warm sunny position
with a piece of shade cloth over the top and leave them to look
using the same mix fill tubes with the same media, place the
cuttings into the tubes and then place the tubes into the empty
large plastic container. The advantage of using tubes is that it is
easier to see when the cuttings have formed roots and there is less
chance of damaging the roots when removing them from the media. The
tubes can be put into a container of water with a little Seasol and
shaken until the media washes away and then the dry rooted cutting
can be potted up into a quality potting mix suitable for natives.
Presented by Jonathon S.
is a plant that is very special for Jonathon so he was glad that Liz
chose this very special plant for her presentation, it grows around
his property at Somersby which is probably the edge of its
distribution area. This is one of the easiest Grevilleas to grow
from cutting, it strikes very quickly.
There were a few
Callistemons on the table. Callistemon ‘Splendens’ is a form of
C.citrinus originally named
C.‘Endeavour’ when it was promoted as
part of the bicentennial celebrations of Captains Cook landing in
Australia. This is one of the best Callistemons; it grows to 3-4m
high and has large brilliant red flowers appearing over an extended
period. The plant tolerates poor drainage and attracts birds and
Pink’ is just one of the many pink
Callistemons available. It’s a hardy plant with the main flush of
flowers in spring and summer but some flowers appear in autumn as
well. Callistemon ‘Perth Pink’ grows to about 7m high and its pink
bottle brush spikes cover the bush in spring.
There are a lot of
pink forms of Kunzea
ambigua out there that are flowering at the
moment but this one was a white flowering specimen. They’re related
to the Callistemon and flower in early summer, they’re fairly common
in the area and quickly colonise cleared ground forming dense
thickets. It is propagated from cutting and is easy to strike.
ilicifolium or Holly Fuchsia (Pictured right) is a slow growing shrub that
will reach 2-3m in height and prefers a shady position in the garden
with good drainage. Red tubular flowers cover the bush in spring
attracting birds. It can be propagated from seed or by cutting.
Princess’ grows to about 60cm and is easy to strike from cutting,
particularly at this time of the year. They generally do well in
cold climate areas. Some people experience difficulty growing them
from seed. There are many different mechanisms for getting seed to
germinate; some need exposure to light before they will germinate so
for those seed shouldn’t be covered. The Daisy Study Group
published a book ‘Everlasting Daisies of Australia’ some years ago
which was the result of five years of work by the Study Group and
covers Growing, Propagation, Hybridization, etc., and it’s a great
guide for the home gardener who wants to grow daisies as well as
commercial growers. This book sells for around $49.50 but is
currently unavailable; however, it is probably available to borrow
from our Group library.
is a low growing shrub that reaches 50cm and has reddish new
growth. White flowers cover the plant in spring and summer and are
followed by greyish/blue fruits that are edible and sweet but you
need to be quick to beat the birds to them. Good for a shady area
in the garden, a great bush food plant and its easy to strike from
We had two
Prostantheras on the table;
River’ form grows to
about 1.5m and bears mauve flowers in spring and has aromatic
foliage. The plant tends to droop a bit during a dry spell but
quickly perks up with a drink. It’s propagated from cutting and
strikes fairly easily. Prostanthera
induta grows to 2m
and has silvery-grey linear leaves. The large blue flowers appear
in spring, it’s a fairly hardy shrub and is easy to strike from
or Snake Vine is a fast growing vigorous twiner that bears large
yellow flowers for most of the year but mainly in spring and summer
that are followed by succulent red fruits that are attractive to
birds. The distribution range is NSW Coast, ranges north of Sydney
and right up into Queensland.
NSW Christmas Bush
gummiferum is flowering at the
moment and the important thing to note is that its flowers are
actually white. By Christmas time its finished flowering, its been
pollinated and then the sepals swell and turn bright red. Most
people think of it as a red flowering plant but of course the
flowers are actually white and it’s the fruits that are red. In the
home garden it probably only grows to a few meters but in the wild
it can grow 30-40m high.
(Pictured right) is one of the hardiest of the species from W.A. for growing
on the east coast. The foliage is lemon scented and it bears white
flowers in spring and summer which age to orange. It requires good
drainage and a little shade, can be propagated from cutting and has
a tendency to self seed.
aviculare the Kangaroo Apple is from the
which is the same family as the tomato and potato. It grows to 4m
and bears purple flowers in spring and summer followed by orange or
red egg shaped fruits that the birds find very attractive. It
contains solasodine which is a steroid drug and is used in the
manufacture of oral contraceptives. The plant can be propagated
from seed or by cutting.
trigona native to W.A is a spreading clump forming plant
bearing violet blue flowers winter to spring. Most
well drained soil with plenty of moisture and will grow in full sun
or dappled shade.
Goodenia is from the same family as
Dampiera along with
Lechenaultia, etc. We had two forms of
ovata on the table
the upright and prostrate form. The upright form grows to 1.5m and
has toothed sticky leaves and has large yellow flowers mainly in
spring and summer. It’s hardy, fast growing and free flowering and
will grow in most aspects and soils but prefers a bit of shade.
ovata prostrate form is a spreading ground cover and bears
yellow flowers for most of the year.
(pictured above) is a
suckering plant that will reach 50cm high. The fragrant large pink
flowers are about 2cm long and appear in spring and summer. The
plant will quickly form a mat in a sunny position with ample
moisture and you can propagate it from cutting or by division.
grows to 2.5m and bears pinkish/red flowers. It was named
after David Hockings from Queensland who was the man who
laxus is an iris-like plant that bears spikes of blue
flowers. It needs a sunny well drained
position and can be propagated from
Information sources – Native Plants of Sydney, Les Robinson;
Australian Native Plants, John Wrigley & Murray Fagg;
Plant Of The Month
Presented by Elizabeth H.
When Liz moved to
the Central Coast about three years ago in a temporary house swap
arrangement she was given the daunting task to see what she could do
with the garden. When the house was built 25 years ago somebody had
lovingly planted lots of native plants and some of them were
spectacular flowering ones not unlike those that Liz had planted in
her own garden 30 years ago.
Some of the plants
were old and tired and hadn’t been trimmed they sprawled across the
ground leaned over and looked very sad but down the back was this
plant with droopy leaves that looked not unlike an Agonis. Then one
afternoon while she was looking out the back she noticed that it was
covered with birds so thought she’d better take a closer look.
This plant with the
long droopy leaves on closer inspection she found actually had
Grevillea flowers and she’d never seen one quite like this.
Eventually she identified it as Grevillea
something very special about this Grevillea – in the wild it is only
found along the Mooney Mooney Creek and Mullet Creek areas so the
one in the backyard had not been brought in by the birds but rather
had most probably been planted by Liz’s predecessor who loved native
plants. The plant is looking very untidy, it’s sprawling and Liz
is now worried that she may lose it, however, she brought in a lot
of cutting material for the propagation night and will try to grow
it from cutting.
The flowers are not
very showy and don’t stand out in fact on a recent bushwalk along
Mooney Creek Liz walked right past them without noticing they were
there. However, they are very delicate, a translucent pale purple
or greenish colour with purple-brown markings and on close
inspection they really are quite beautiful.
makes a good garden plant and is quite hardy and is reported to be
growing in the Melbourne Botanical Gardens. It can be propagated
from cutting or from seed. Liz has been looking for seedlings
around the plant in the backyard but hasn’t found any so far but
while trying to find out more about the plant which is pollinated by
birds, the Dept of Environment and Conservation claim that the seeds
are actually transported by ants so it could do with a little help
from us with propagation because the seeds are not going to get too
far from Mooney Mooney or Mullet Creek. It’s said to be used in
hybridisation but Liz only found one reference and that is
which is a cross between G.
Presented by Gini S.
In keeping with the
theme of the night Gini chose Angus Stewart’s book ‘Let’s Propagate’
which is ‘A Plant Propagation Manual for Australia’ for her
If you are setting
out to grow your own plants this book is a valuable guide. Angus
covers all facets of propagation including growing from seed, and
the many different methods of vegetative propagation. Some of the
methods covered are Stem Cuttings, Leaf Cuttings, Root Cuttings,
Layering, Division and Separation, as well as the more complicated
methods such as Plant Tissue Culture or Micropropagation and Budding
Towards the back of
the book there is a comprehensive list of Commonly Encountered
Plants that one might wish to grow and the best time of year to give
them a try as well as the method of propagation for each species and
there is a separate section covering a list of exotic species
This book is
probably still available in shops or from Florilegium and is also
available to borrow from our Group library. It is also a great
acquisition for the home library.
Sunday 20th November
For our group outing this month we
will be visiting 2 of our members' properties with members of
Newcastle and Hunter Groups. This is one week later than usual; to
fit in with Angus Stewart's other commitments.
We will meet at Angus's place at 10
am, so we can set up for our morning tea when the visiting members
arrive at 10.30. Our Group will be providing the edibles for morning
tea, so members are asked to bring a plate (slices, cake, biscuits,
etc.) to share. Please also bring thermoses (1 or more) as we will
not have access to hot water.
For details telephone on 4365 5049 or
by email on
AGM & End Of Year Dinner
Our AGM and
End-of-Year Dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd December this year
at the home of Elaine & Ian S.
A discussion on a
starting time for this year took place at the October meeting and
support for an earlier start was overwhelming. Time to meet
therefore will be 11.30am when we can look around the garden and
orchids and the AGM and Election of Officers will follow. Ian
will cook a ham on the BBQ for the dinner and fruit juices, bread
rolls, munchies, tea and coffee will be provided. We ask members
to bring either a salad or a dessert to be shared with others.
Bring your own plates, cutlery and preferred alcoholic drinks and a
chair. We urge members to make every effort to come along to the
brief AGM and stay for the dinner.
At the AGM all
Committee members will stand down, all positions will be declared
vacant and nominations will be invited for the 2012 Committee.
following the AGM and Election of Officers, the End of Year Dinner
A form will be
circulated again at the November meeting on which you can register
whether you will attend and whether you intend to bring a salad or
dessert. If you are unable to attend either of the meetings but
would like to register for the dinner please contact me by telephone
on 4365 5049 or by email on
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any one of the Committee
Elaine and Ian are
chicken farmers and orchid growers and will show us around their
garden and property on the day.
Elaine & Ian’s Home telephone on 4365 5049 or by email on
Wildplants Rescue Service
Saturday 19th November
The Wildplants Community Nursery is
open to the public for plant sales on the 3rd Saturday of every
month. The nursery is situated within the Pioneer Dairy Wetlands at
South Tacoma Road, South Tacoma. Entrance to the Wetlands is on the
right directly after the railway underpass. If either gate is
closed when you get to them please close them behind you.
It was a great day
for a walk, sunny and warm with a nice breeze blowing. There were
17 of us who turned up at Crackneck Lookout at Wyrrabalong Sth
National Park to enjoy the day and the plants and flowers along the
trail but not before seeing some whales breaching on their way
south. We weren’t the only ones out to visit the wildflowers either
there were many family groups as well as runners on the track in
fact it was quite crowded at times.
This would have to
be one of the best places on the Coast to see Flannel Flowers and we
weren’t disappointed they were beautiful.
australasius had just about finished flowering but
laevigatum were both putting on
a great display. There were many yellow pea flowers including
scoparia and the flowering vines of
scandens and the tall flowering spikes from grass trees
were reaching up amongst the Flannel Flowers.
We found a clump of
flowering Donkey Orchids Diuris
aurea flowering, always a hit with
the photographers, and there on a Eucalypt off the side of the track
was a Cymbidium suave orchid with a spike of flowers that was about
to burst open.
Our lunch spot was
down the road a bit at the Bruce Burgess Park where there are picnic
tables and toilet facilities nearby. After lunch there was more
exploring to do around the park and we found a large clump of King
baptistii and some
was also in flower.
All in all a most
satisfying day with good company, good weather and lots of flowering
Annual General Meeting
Election Of Office Bearers For 2012
This is a crucial
meeting for the future operation of our group.
As usual, all
positions on the committee will be declared vacant and nominations
called. If you wish to nominate some one (or yourself) for a
committee position in advance, nominations will be accepted by the
Secretary up to 21 days before the date of the meeting, as required
by our constitution. Nominations may also be made on the evening
from the floor of the meeting.
Here is the list of
for any of the above positions can be made on the nomination form.
They must reach the Secretary Liz H. at least before 15th November.
Some of the current
Committee members will not be seeking re-election and at this stage
we know we will be looking for two Vice Presidents one of whom could
be trained up to take on the Presidency sometime in the future.
We will also be
looking for a Programme Officer. The person who takes on this
position would arrange our monthly speakers, organise garden visits,
outings and bus trips.
There is also a
need for an Assistant Secretary to fill the role when Elizabeth H.
is travelling. This person would attend Committee Meetings, prepare
an Agenda, record the Minutes and deal with correspondence when Liz
We also need an
Assistant Librarian who could look after the library at our monthly
meetings when John Wallace is away.
that need to be filled are Meet & Greet Officer, Raffle Steward, and
Assistant Supper Host/Hostess.
Please give some
consideration to nominating yourself for one of these positions.
Highlight form below
your printer to print 'highlighted selection' only
form and take to meeting or send to a current committee member.
Plants Society Central Coast Group
Office-Bearers For 2012
I wish to
To serve in the position
On the 2012 Committee of
the Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group.
I accept this nomination
AGM & End Of Year Dinner
Our AGM and End-of-Year Dinner will
be held on Saturday 3rd December
this year at the home of Elaine & Ian S.
stage no time has been set.
The possibility of an earlier start (possibly lunchtime) is being
considered and will be open for discussion at the October meeting.
Should the earlier start not suit you due to other commitments
please contact me on 4365 5049 or by email at
email@example.com or contact any one of the committee
At the AGM all Committee members
will stand down, all positions will be declared vacant and
nominations will be invited for the 2012 Committee. Some of the
current Committee members will not be seeking re-election and at
this stage we will be looking for 2 Vice Presidents one of which who
could be trained up to take on the Presidency sometime in the
future. Please give some considerations to nominating for one of
Immediately following the AGM and
Election of Officers, the End of Year Dinner will commence.
Cold meats and fruit juices will be
provided and we ask members to bring either a salad or a dessert to
be shared with others. Bring your own plates, cutlery and
preferred alcoholic drinks and a chair. We urge members to
make every effort to come along to the brief AGM and stay for the
A form will be circulated at the
October and November meetings on which you can register whether you
will attend and whether you intend to bring a salad or dessert. If
you are unable to attend either of the meetings but would like to
register for the dinner please contact me by telephone on 4365 5049
or by email on
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact any one of the Committee members.
Elaine and Ian are chicken farmers
and orchid growers and will show us around their garden and property
on the day.
For any further information regarding
location please contact me on
4365 5049 or by email at
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and would be happy to receive by email only, also please notify me
at the above address.
This can also benefit the Group not only by saving on postal charges
but reduce the cost of printing.
If you would like to be included in the group of members receiving
news bulletins by email but would still prefer to receive
your newsletter by mail also notify me, stating your preferences.
There will be no monthly bushwalk in December.
CD - Native
Plants & Bushwalks of the Central Coast
Many years ago Alan
created a list of plants that the group had identified while on
their monthly bushwalks. This list was passed over to Diana &
Barry a few years ago and it was then converted into a data base.
Over the past 3 years a great many more plants have been added to
the list and now 800 plants are included on the data base.
were also collected along the way some taken by Diana & Barry and
others taken by some of the keen photographers amongst the group
From this data base
and collection of photos a DVD was produced to run on the coach for
the Sydney Tour of the ASGAP Conference last year. This particular
tour was subsequently cancelled due to lack of numbers but a seed
was planted and the thought of a CD began to grow.
After many hours
spent at the computer the CD is now complete. It contains over 400
photographs and lists 24 bushwalks in National Parks, State Forests
and Reserves of the Central Coast region and each bushwalk has a
listing of the plants which may be found along that walk. In some
cases maps are included.
The disc is
available for $15 plus $2.50 postage (within Australia only)
The CD can be purchased at any of
our monthly meetings.
or if you wish to order
a form is available from this website.
details and samples from the CD
or to download an
directly to the New CD site by clicking on the
CD Case on the right.
The Committee and
members would like to thank Diana and Barry for all the effort and
hours spent in producing the CD the profits from the sale of which
will benefit the group.