Author Archives: Alison

2017 February

The important task of removing agapanthus heads almost filled a bag! We also worked on carefully digging up more formosa lily.

Removing agapanthus heads

Enjoying a cuppa and some great food!


2016 December

We spent the afternoon removing the watsonia and montbretia. We have been wondering if the flakey sections from the bottom of a watsonia bulb are likely to grow new plants, so we planted some and will keep an eye on the patch.

Will the sections from the bottom of a watsonia bulb grow if the are left behind??

Removing watsonia and montbretia

2016 November

We continued to treat the watsonia this month adjacent to the road, manually removing as well as trialing a method where leaves are wiped with herbicide. We also had a look at the previous months bluebell creeper treatment site where a small number of small plants were observed (and hand-pulled) and the piles had died off.

Removing watsonia

Removing watsonia

Wiping the watsonia with herbicide

Wiping the watsonia with herbicide

"Tieing up" watsonia after applying herbicide

“Tying up” watsonia after applying herbicide

Piles of bluebell creeper dying off

Piles of bluebell creeper dying off


2016 October

This month we tackled some of the watsonia growing adjacent to the road. We also started to cut and paint the bluebell creeper and drag it out and pile it on the edge of the track, this will make dealing with any fallen seed easier to remove.

Removing watsonia

Removing watsonia


Flattening a pile of bluebell creeper

Piles of bluebell creeper on the track

Piles of bluebell creeper on the track

2016 August

Some of the group attended the ‘Fire and Bushcare’ half day workshop organised by the Nature Conservation Council and Blue Mountains Bushcare Network. Redgum Park was one of the sites visited as a hazard reduction burn is planned for the near future.

  • discuss the challenges of re-introducing fire into bushland in the Blue Mountains and managing for ecological outcomes
  • discuss the opportunities and considerations for bush care groups working on sites where hazard reduction burns are planned
  • discuss the logistics of planning and conducting small hazard reduction burns

Bushcare and Fire Workshop Bushcare and Fire Workshop

Mapping the Bluebell Creeper infestation has started using a GPS to map individuals and their approximate size, easier said than done!!


2016 July

This month we spent the afternoon finding and tagging the Bluebell Creeper plants at the Genevieve Rd site. This weed has been climbing some of trees and shrubs, as seen on this young eucalypt.

Bluebell creeper smothering a young eucalypt How to flatten a large pile of Bluebell Creeper before treatment

Bluebell creeper smothering a young eucalypt (left) and how to flatten a large pile of Bluebell Creeper before treatment (right)

2016 June

Our Bushcare day was rained out but the week before we had the pleasure of the Blue Mountains Conservation Societies Plant Study Group visit the site to do survey of the plants near the bluebell creeper site. Monica also organised the first monitoring survey, more plots too go.

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Plant study group and the stem of a bluebell creeper.

2016 April

This month saw a small group concentrate on pulling some coreopsis, agapanthus and planting seven Lomandra at the corner of Genevieve and Cottle Roads before a light shower sent us home after a cuppa. We were rewarded in the slightly wet conditions with the discovery of a Verreaux’s Tree Frog in the leaf letter (Litoria verreauxii).

Litoria verreauxii 20160417_143332Verreaux’s Tree Frog (Litoria verreauxii)

20160417_135627 20160417_141204Planting some Lomandra, among the orchid leaves.

2016 March

First a walk down towards the swamp to see the areas of Bluebell Creeper (Billardiera heterophylla), a West Australian native plant and new weed to most of us, followed by a wander through the grassy areas near the swing and bike jumps to hand pull broom and carefully dig up some gladioli.

alt Bluebell Creeper pods (Alison Towerton) Bluebell Creeper flowers and pods (more info)

(Alison Towerton) (Alison Towerton)             Working near the bike jumps, finding lots of large gladioli