MOSQUITO ORCHID FLOWERING on the Wildflower Walk early June 2017

After installing our new VPOP brochure dispensing sign on the Wildflower Walk on 1.6.17, we noticed this lovely but very, very small Mosquito orchid (Acianthus pusillis) just up slope from the new sign.


June VPOP on-site dates have changed due to clashes with Rose’s Fungi lessons with Vale Park Primary School students and a focus on preparing the Wildflower Walk for the Fungi Foray on 2nd July 2017. New dates listed below:


We have finally installed our new information sign in the Gilberton Woodland, our large dispensing sign on the Wildflower Walk (pictured) and one of the 2 smaller directional  signs also on the Wildflower Walk.


Bookings are now open to hear Fungimap’s Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher Public Talk on  “The Vital Importance of Fungi!” on  30th June, 2017 from 7.30 – 9pm at Vale Park Primary School.  

VPOP visit’s Marianne’s remnant Grey Box Woodland

On a sunny afternoon on 8.5.17,  VPOP members visited Marianne & John’s new Blackwood home among the the gum trees for lunch & a tour of their ‘backyard’ – a  hillslope of remnant grassy woodland! 

Native orchids are sprouting on our Wildflower Walk from late April 2017

We have  noticed the first of 2017’s native orchids sprouting on the Wildflower Walk including the little rosettes of the Blunt Greenhood (Pterostylis curta, pictured on 25.4.17) in a number patches. 

Pink Fairy Orchids donated to Borthwick Park

At our Gilberton Open Day on Saturday 28th August 2016, Andrew from the Kensington Residents Association, accepted our donation of a clump of Pink Fairies orchids to be transplanted to Borthwick Park, to help with their reintroduction of the Pink Fairies there.

Rescued Native Orchids planted at Gilberton

On 4.8.15,  in the Gilberton Woodland,  Ann, Catherine & Heather carefully planted out 11 pots of native orchids rescued from Kangaroo Creek Reservoir . Thanks mostly to Ann and Cathryn’s good efforts, we were very pleased at how well the orchids looked after planting, 

WOW! rescued native orchids for VPOP

A HUGE THANKYOU to SA Water for donating 16 pots of rescued Kangaroo Creek Reservoir native orchids for immediate planting on sites at VPOP, including this lovely flowering Helmet Orchid (which pretends to be a gilled mushroom to attract pollinating fungus flies!).

The pretty Desert Cassia shrub (Senna artemisioides) is flowering early this year at Gilberton

Although my reference books say that this beautiful shrub flowers in spring, this year they are definitely flowering in mid-winter at both Gilberton where this photo was taken, and on the Wildflower Walk at Vale Park.