Wildlflower Walk & Gladi Grab enjoyed by all

Volunteers from the Wildlfower Society WA took around 25 wildflower enthusiasts on a guided walk in the corridor last Saturday. We spotted an amazing variety of spring wildflowers, saw orchids and trigger plants and learnt how to tell Jarrah, Marri and Tuart trees apart by looking at their bark and gum nuts. A big thank you to the Wildflower Society volunteers for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm!

Most of the participants joined our ‘Gladi Grab’ session after the walk. Pink Gladioli (Gladiolus caryophyllaceus) are native to South Africa. They were introduced to Western Australia as ornamental garden plants but quickly jumped the garden fence, as they not only (re)grow from corms after summer dormancy, but also reproduce vigorously from wind-dispersed seeds.

While some may consider Gladioli pretty to look at, these plants unfortunately provided little benefits to our local wildlife and compete with native plants for space, water and nutrients. We managed to hand weed an entire ute load full. What a fantastic morning in the corridor!

Volunteers hand weeding Pink gladioli (Gladiolus caryophyllaceus), an invasive bushland weed from South Africa.