Working on the theory that someone else is a bigger hoarder than I am, I decided to get rid of 30 years of newsletters from the Australian Plants Society Ballarat. As I can’t quite let go I have cut out all the monthly lists of what was flowering in member’s gardens in the hope that at some stage I will type them up and add them to this website.
Along the way it has been a trip down memory lane. I noted the effort that has gone into producing the monthly newsletters by a range of editors, as each stamped their idiosyncratic style to what was included and how it was presented. There was also the much appreciated ongoing contribution by a limited number of members who write about their gardens and give updates on particular plants.
There was the constant reminder of departed members which was briefly sad, but on the whole these people have contributed a lot to the club and are remembered by the plants they loved to grow. John loved hakeas, Ian M. enjoyed indigenous plants and I remember fondly Margaret, who would write about her own garden and also send in snippets from Coffs Harbour when on holidays. Her hand drawn illustrations adorned the articles. I still have a collection of her decorated envelopes.
It was interesting to see the advertisement of the nurseries we used to traipse around the countryside to visit, in search of something new for the latest garden bed or bare spot. We were spoilt for variety but now we have to travel to Lovely Banks near Geelong or to Bacchus Marsh for the yearly chance to access a range of plants for sale.
A by-product of the newsletters were the stamps which I have dutifully clipped and saved………but what for? My mother used to collect the stamps and trim them to the required size discarding the damaged ones and give them to a local charity. This drive to keep and make use of something must have been handed down to me by a mother who lived through the depression, so I hope in this case someone still wants stamps.
The stamps are a reminder of special plants and trips to the bush with Correa reflexa, Grevillea ‘Superb’, Wahlenbergia, Common Fringe Lily and Hibbertia scandens