August 2017 Club Meeting Report

The August Club meeting was a well-attended workshop night, with plenty of demonstration, discussion, and work carried out on members’ trees.

Barry provided an excellent demonstration of wiring techniques, with plenty of close-up detail to give some valuable pointers on the most appropriate methods and approaches for wiring our Australian native species. The two species used by Barry as part of his demo were a Lemon Scented Tea Tree (Leptospermum petersonii) and a Coastal Tea Tree (Leptospermum laevigatum), both of which made good subjects for the techniques he was demonstrating.

Lemon Scented Tea Tree, Leptospermum petersonii
Coastal Tea Tree, Leptospermum laevigatum

Samples of branches were then distributed for any members who wanted to work on their wiring skills with some specialist input from experienced members.

Trees on the display table included the following:

Acacia baileyana “purpurea”, Cootamundra Wattle, just flowering
Grevillea “Clearview David”
Leucopogon parviflorus, Coastal Beard Heath, in bud
Flower bud detail, Leucopogon parviflorus
Grevillea rosmarinifolia, Rosemary Grevillea
Leptospermum sp, Tea Tree

Two of the trees which were on display, which were subject to further scrutiny and discussion were:

Brachychiton rupestris, Queensland Bottle Tree, with a very interesting pot
Banksia integrifolia, Coast Banksia