In this lovely spring weather, we are delighted that Parkcare has at last resumed. The Mondays at the Fair crew have been tackling St John’s wort for the past three weeks – it is flourishing, although we are pleased to see very little Capeweed or Paterson’s curse this year. St John’s wort removal is our current focus, also Cleavers (sticky-weed).
Wildflowers have been prolific this spring and the nature park is a meadow of Hoary sunrays, Clustered and Sticky everlastings and many others. We look forward to welcoming newcomers to our regular working parties and a forthcoming wildflower walk.
A meadow of Hoary sunrays (Leucochrysum albicans)
Photo by Rosemary Purdie, courtesy Canberra Nature Map.
Wildflower walk Sunday November 21
Ecologist Michael Doherty has kindly offered to lead two wildflower walks on Sunday November 21 in the morning from 10 to 12.30 and from 2.00 to 4.30 in the afternoon, meeting at the Mackenzie Street entrance to the nature park, close to Grayson Street, Hackett. Please bring a gold-coin donation. We now have a ParkCare QR code for the Check In CBR app and numbers are strictly limited. Book a place by clicking here.
‘Floriade’ at Mt Majura. Photo by Max Pouwer, courtesy Canberra Nature Map
28 November Sunday working party
This month, we will work at the Fair site in north Watson, starting at 9.00am and working until noon. Come anytime and give what time you can spare. Register on the FoMM sign-in sheets at the table near the nature park entrance close to the intersection of Tay and Ian Nicol Streets. You can also use the ParkCare QR code for the Check In CBR app.
We will be spreading mulch and hand weeding cleavers – fun activities for kids – and for those who are willing, controlling St John’s wort applying herbicide from hand-held spray bottles. We provide impermeable nitrile gloves.
Bring sun protection, drinking water and your own gardening gloves, if you have them. Wear sturdy shoes. We will provide gloves, hand sanitiser and a delicious home-made cake for morning tea.
Not everything at the fair is floral. This week while eradicating Cleavers and St John’s wort we saw these Sawfly larvae, not pretty, but intriguing.
Photo Margy Burn.
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