Well the weather was very dire at the end of this last week with strong cold antarctic winds across our part of the mountains and blizzard conditions further down the great dividing range on Friday [Thredbo got 20cm of snow overnight]. Friday was very cold at the gardens and some volunteers heated up moving wheelbarrows of mulch around.
Propagation Workshop at Mount Tomah – but we had a beautiful calm day of very bright sunshine for our visit to the Garden at Mount Tomah. This was in conjunction with the Blue Mountains Fruit and Nut Network.
A good turnout of people and we had a lot of fun wandering through the large covered gardens space looking for various plants to take cuttings from and propagate for our own gardens and the Community Gardens.
We observed a lot of fruit and plants growing in a fairly uncontrolled space where we could see the typical growth forms and patterns. We took seedlings and propagation cuttings from:
- Keriberry – Rubus rugosus var. Thwaitsii
- Orange/gold Raspberry – Rubus sp (unknown species)
- Raspberry – Possibly Atherton – Rubus probus (syn. Rubus muelleri, Rubus fraxinifolius)
- BoysenBerry – Boysenberry is a cross between a European Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), a Common Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus), and a Loganberry (Rubus × loganobaccus)
- Brown & Red Figs – Ficus carica
- Yacón – Smallanthus sonchifolius, (syn. : Polymnia edulis, P. sonchifolia)
- Gooseberry – not fruiting but we believe it has small red fruit – Ribes uva-crispa, (syn. R. grossularia)
- Mulberry – but not in fruit – Morus sp. (unknown species)
Volunteers handle the Keriberry fruit up close.
Useful Raspberry reference for Australian Species: http://asgap.org.au/APOL22/jun01-1.html