The next General Meeting of the Club will be held at St Alban’s Church Hall on the third Tuesday of the month, commencing at 9.45 am. Click here for our latest Newsletter.


Robin Johnson provided an interactive workshop on propagation of all sorts of plants. He showed us why we bud roses, and ornamental trees and fruit trees?

Budding gives us the ability to produce certain plant forms. Robin provided this budding and grafting handout.

Our garden ramble was held at the railway garden to see the new sprinkler system which Neil Sing and Duncan Leys have installed.  Thanks to the Blue Mountains City Council for the funding which made this possible. Visitors were delighted with the way the garden is looking. New volunteers are needed.

Raffle winners

Gynea Favot: Native Hibiscus Plant, Carol Hill: (Visitor) Cuphea plant, Noni McDevitt: Garden gloves, and Ellis Davidson:  Decorative Bag

This black slug is invading Australia at the speed of … slug. Article written by Caitlin Henderson  June 2019

If you live in one of the cooler, wetter climes of Australia, you might have spotted this stunning black slime-machine cruising around. The name is the Black Slug (Arion ater), and the game is very slow invasion of foreign soils

The Black Slug is a humble native European that likes to get into places it shouldn’t, like Canada, the US – and since 2001, Australia. Since it first alighted on our shores, it has reared its jet black eyestalks in places such as the Otways, the Dandenongs and the Blue Mountains. It’s even made it into Tasmania. Sensing a theme? This gastropod likes to keep things real, where real means “cool, moist, and generally as European as possible”. This shiny hermaphrodite is hard to miss, having hit lengths of 10-15cm. While it’s usually as black as the night it inhabits, the edge of the foot can have bright orange to yellow tiger stripes. Most notable are the prominent ridges (tubercles) along the body, and a large breathing pore on the front right side. Between August and October, an individual slug lays up to 150 eggs Juveniles hatch after at least twenty-seven days, Maturating takes up to nine months, enabling mating in early summer. Black slugs die shortly after laying its last clutch, rarely surviving into a second year.

DIET – It’s an omnivore, feeding not only on live plants and fungi, carrion, earthworms, leaves, stems, and any other decaying or dead plant material and dung    During the winter, the Black Slug likes to hang out deep below the ground and quite literally chill. If you happen to touch one, you’ll probably regret it instantly – the slime or mucus produced by this slug is extremely thick, sticky and persistent. The slime helps the slug move and protects it – and even deters predators by tasting awful (I didn’t test that part). When it gets its speed up, it clocks in at a prodigious 0.0027 km/h. Perhaps the most endearing quality of the Black Slug is its defense strategy. When threatened – as it’s far too slow to get away and has no protective equipment to speak of – it shrinks into a ball. And also it rocks. That’s it.  The slug has made it this far, so clearly the strategy works.  EFFECTIVE CONTROL = A sprinkle of salt onto the slug will kill them instantly.

Bus Tours are back

Chris Morsby has announced a date for Friday 24th March 2023 for a trip to Rosalie Pollocks Garden, Black Springs. A few spots remain so contact Chris if you are interested.

Latest Fact Sheet Enjoy everything you need to know about moss.

Annual Membership Fee of $20 is due in now. Thank you to the many members who have already paid. You can direct debit Leura Garden Club at BSB 633000, Acct 198427734.  Add your name as reference. Please note this is for our new account at the Bendigo Bank.