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  1. Flux

    Meet up: Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

    Hi Raver Buddy & Thanks Wile E. The next Sydney APS meet up is our Bicycle Day Picnic this Sunday at the Royal Botanic Gardens 11:00 - 15:00 (we''ll meet at the cactus gardens and then move somewhere more comfy and private form there but will mark our spot with Purple Flags). Keep an eye on the Facebook event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/885955698866240 We'll also be having an event for Cactus Day (May 23rd) with a film, workshop and speaker... then there's Mushroom Day on the 20th June To stay up to date with APS events, sign up to the Sydney Newsletter https://psychedelicsociety.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=543c0c0d6e31f0f994a287a84&id=89e3b156a8&fbclid=IwAR26x_kBwTb-7Uq5mhG5UVKYo0tupLwygDDp1mF0xgX99T1XeXqu8FjtK4k cheers, Flux
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    Sydney Bicycle Day !!!

    DON'T MISS THE APS-SYDNEY BICYCLE DAY PICNIC - coming up real soon CACTUS GARDENS, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS APRIL 19th 11:00 - 15:00 https://fb.me/e/1mK5WDWwv
  3. APS-Sydney is excited to bring you all our fifth instalment of Book Club ....for which it was collectively decided that this time, we choose the seminal text: The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge by Jeremy Narby. (free PDF here) Narby is a Canadian anthropologist and author and has several books that examine psychedelic/entheogenic psychology, Indigenous Knowledge and Intelligence in nature.  The Cosmic Serpent is an adventure of science and visionary insights through unexplored jungles of the Amazon and the uncharted aspects of consciousness to the heart of knowledge.The Cosmic Serpent is a first-person narrative of discovery that presents new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, revealing how different our perception of the world around us appears when we open our minds to alternate ways of seeing. Narby interlinks shamanism and molecular-biology, to reveal DNA as a universal language contained in all life around us that can be accessed and downloaded by shamanic entheogens. The book reveals how the Ayahuasca brew invokes serpentine visions that parallel those of ancient cultures the world over, and can be seen as a 'bio-technology' that allows access to molecular information from the DNA that ‘animates’ all livings things. WHEN: 6:00pm - 9:00pm WHERE: The Temple On The Park, 158 Australia Street, Newtown. TICKETS: $15 https://events.humanitix.com/sydney-book-club-the-cosmic-serpent FACEBOOK LINK: Please mark ‘interested’ or ‘going’ to help us gauge numbers of people attending https://fb.me/e/1YyHocgNp Hope to see some familiar SAB faces there, some new ones and the Sydney community coming together for this really cool book and great conversation.
  5. PLEASE NOTE ! the location for the APS-Canberra chapters' inaugural meet-up this Sunday has been changed due to predicted rain ! The event will now be at Weston Park, Weston Park Rd, Yarralumla ACT 2600. Details on the new Canberra page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/apscanberra https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b3ed5f1565045d8004c/weston-park
  6. Announcing the Canberra APS Chapter Artwork My Inspiration by Canberra Artist Valentyna Crane Australian Psychedelic Society is super excited to announce our newest chapter in Canberra! APS-Canberra will be hosting this significant inaugural Chapter Meet Up on Sunday March the 14th at The Australian National Botanic Gardens. Join Chapter lead Ash & Emma in the beautiful Botanic Gardens for the first APS-Canberra chapter meet-up. This event will be a relaxed, family friendly picnic, followed by a wander through the gardens where people can meet other members of the community and share their diverse interests in psychedelics. Please feel free to let your family and friends know about this event and encourage them to come along and hear the myriad of different perspectives and approaches folks have towards psychedelics and the incredible benefits they get from them. Meeting will commence at the Ducrou Pavillion at 12pm. In order to view the Picnic event page and register your interest (this helps is maintaining gathering numbers) please send a ‘join request’ to the the Australian Psychedelic Society-Canberra facebook Page first; which will also keep you up to date with future happenings. For further details or enquiries about Sundays event, you can also contact Ash or Emma through the APS-Canberra Facebook Page or email [email protected] Please note that all APS meetups are drug free events. WHEN: Midday, Sunday, 14th March WHERE: Australian National Botanic Gardens; Clunies Ross St, ACT
  7. PLEASE NOTE ! the location for the APS-Canberra chapters' inaugural meet-up this Sunday has been changed due to predicted rain ! The event will now be at Weston Park, Weston Park Rd, Yarralumla ACT 2600. Details on the new Canberra page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/apscanberra https://visitcanberra.com.au/attractions/56b23b3ed5f1565045d8004c/weston-park
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    After wild A. floribunda seeds!

    There are generally noted to be 2 quite different forms of Floribunda - domestic and wild both quite different on form and desired properties. The common, domestic, garden store type has short thin phyllodes with short orange flowers. 
 The rarer-seen, wild bush type has long broad phyllodes with large bushy white flowers (the contrast is not really noticeable in these photos): There are obviously a number of forms that fall somewhere in between which are no doubt the result of hybridisation. The MooseZeus- I do have some seeds that are from a type with long phyllodes but quiet orange flowers grown on a friends property from SAB seed I believe
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    Acacia courtii giveaway

    Sadly, it looks well dead Pedro99 I've had a couple do this and its almost always been under-watering (and unexpectedly hot days) each time ...but given you've had the opposite conditions with rain, perhaps it is over-watered and also I would think that 3-4 days of rain would possibly wash out any fertiliser (but then again maybe not if its sitting in it). I've always been told that they don't like their feet in water and can get root-rot if left on a tray to absorb water
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    Juts so ya know- the only plants that require bark are MH & AC - all other acacias hold as much in their phyllodes (leaves) as they do in bark and we do not want to encourage people killing live trees https://www.conseracacian.com/
  11. Got a load of Floribunda seed - this is a long-broad phyllode type but still has bright yellow/orange flowers packets of 100 for $15 including standard postage PM me
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    Harvest Ethics

    Amphibians on Earth - by Shy Violet Amphibians evolved from fish about 400 million years ago, when the amount of dry land on Earth increased greatly due to climatic conditions at the time. Certain fish, (possibly Tiktaalik Rosea) adapted to these changing conditions by gradually developing limbs to crawl and lungs to breathe with. Such organisms came to be known as amphibians, a name that means “double life”. Many of the species that developed during this period no longer exist. The groups of amphibians that survived to the present day can be traced back no further than 200 million years. The word amphibian itself comes from the Greek amphibios, which means “living both in water and on land”, which refers to their distinctive feature as the only vertebrate group that generally possess an aquatic phase of life (larvae), and a terrestrial one (adulthood). This renders amphibian populations sensitive to alterations in both environments, leaving them in a particularly challenging ecological situation. Because amphibians are highly sensitive to changes in their surrounding environmental conditions (i.e. temperature, humidity, water and soil pH, for example) they are considered indicator species. Given this, healthy amphibian populations are usually a sign of healthy ecosystems. On the other hand, as their populations and diversity decrease, so do the number of healthy ecosystems around the world, possibly signaling the loss of numerous other living species. In such a manner, amphibians give a rough idea of the local and global health of the planet. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is the most comprehensive information source on the status of wild species and their links to livelihoods, and who publish the “Red list”, which assesses the extinction risk of species, in the last 25 years, more than 120 species of amphibians have disappeared. The planet's amphibian species are becoming extinct at a thousand times higher rate than normal, according to the study by more than 500 scientists from over 60 nations that have contributed to the Global Amphibian Assessment: http://www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/global-amphibian-assessment This is an alarming circumstance, especially considering that modern amphibians have been on the planet for more than 200 million years, even surviving the dinosaur extinction and all subsequent natural global climate changes, including extreme droughts and ice ages. However, the current rate of amphibian extinctions might be due to a particular sensitivity to anthropogenic environmental disturbances. Scientists have theorized that this alarming decline in the numbers of amphibians and amphibian species around the world is due to a number of factors: pollution of freshwater ecosystems, the destruction of amphibian habitat by ever-spreading human populations, and possibly increased ultra-violet radiation due to ozone depletion. With regard to the toad in question on this forum, Incilius Alvarius, it is a large toad in the family Bufonidae that can grow up to 7.5 inches long and live up to five to 15 years in the wild. Its presence on the planet dates back to just prior to the formation of the Sonoran Desert roughly 8-10 million years ago to which its natural habitat almost exclusively coincides with. In the regions it is native to, Incilius Alvarius is protected by state and federal law. None of the states in which Incilius Alvarius is, or was native to legally allows a person to remove the toad from the state. In New Mexico and Arizona it is unlawful to capture, collect, intentionally kill or injure, posses, propagate, sell or transport this amphibian. In Sonora, in order to capture or collect any amphibian, a federal permit is required. Based on the IUCN’s Red List assessment of the status of this toad species conducted back in 2004, Incilius Alvarius is categorized as a “least concern” species, based on its “wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, presumed large population and because it’s unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.” Historically the Incilius Alvarius toad was found from southeast California, eastward across much of southern Arizona into extreme southwestern New Mexico, and southward through much of Sonora to northwestern Sinaloa. No authors have noted declines of the Incilius Alvarius Toad in Sonora, however, in 2014 Yaqui Tribal members said the species had declined in the vicinity of Vicam and Bácum, and surveys at various sites in that region by retired biologist J.C. Rorabaugh and others in July 2014 failed to detect the species, although other anurans expected in the area were commonly encountered. This called the attention of a field biologist who has taken an interest to develop proactive measures to prevent the decimation of their populations. The species is monitored yearly in Arizona and no declines have been noted, but biologists have explained that the human impact would not be noticed immediately, but rather a few years down the road, when it may be too late to take proactive corrective action. Since 2012, Incilius Alvarius has been undergoing ever-increasing human environmental pressure. The popularity of the naturally derived compound from this unique toad, its venom, has grown as the result of particular individuals who, although with good intentions to help people, have overexposed this once obscure little desert dweller in an exponentially global way, thus placing the toad populations in a precarious situation. It is important to note that none of the states in which Incilius Alvarius is endemic to, legally allows a person to remove the toad from the state. In New Mexico and Arizona it is unlawful to sell or transport this amphibian across state and international borders. In Sonora, although you need a federal permit in order to capture, manipulate, or collect the venom, laws are a bit more malleable in Mexico than they are in the United States, which has resulted in vulnerable populations of toads south of the border. The Mexican state of Sonora has seen an influx of foreign visitors over the past five years who, after learning about the unique feature of this toad through media outlets such as the Vice episode that documented the use of the toad-derived psychoactive compound, have decided to take it upon themselves to journey to Sonora, to places like Magdalena, which are easily accessed after crossing the border from Arizona into Mexico to get their own supply of the toxin. With the continued popularity of this underground little creature partly through the release of films such as Episode 1 of the series titled “Shamans of the Global Village”, which features details such as how to identify the toad, where to find the toad and how to extract the venom, the threat posed for the continued existence of this toad is real and significant. With more and more people each year going to the Sonoran desert from faraway places such as Australia and Spain to collect venom to take back home and, in some instances, actually removing the toads from their natural habitat, the viability of the species is being put at risk, and with it the health of the overall ecosystem in the Sonoran desert. Even though Incilius Alvarius has a large reproductive capacity with large toads laying clutches of up to 8000 eggs each, their livelihood is challenged when the uninformed see it as a harmless action to remove the toad from its habitat. According to amphibian experts, when big specimens are removed from their habitat, the reproductive capacity of the species can be significantly compromised, and indeed lead to the decimation of an entire population in a given area. Although amphibians are very susceptible to changes in their environment, they are also incredibly resilient. I think that while it may be fair to say that no harm has been done, we can take proactive action and develop a deeper attitude of reverence, gratitude and respect for the toads by simply leaving them alone. I feel it would be wise of all practitioners to stick to using 5-MeO-DMT in its synthesized form for their healing work, which is so valuable on this beautiful planet of ours. As someone who is very interested in seeing clinical outcomes as well as mechanism of action studies conducted with this molecule, I fear that the wave of neoshamanism that has been fostering irresponsible and unsustainable use of this finite natural resource could effectively shut down our chance to get scientific work off the ground. I would like to make a call to action to make sure we act out of the wisdom of our hearts, and not the nearsightedness of our mind. That we move forward with discernment and congruence, and not operating out of our blind spots. At the rate things are going globally for all amphibians and locally for Incilius Alvarius, it would be wise for us to assume the worst case scenario and foresee that the species may well be decimated in the wild over the next decade if we keep up what we are currently doing as a community and continue to tolerate and turn a blind eye to the types of abuse going on – with the toads themselves, with unethical practices, with the incongruence of our actions, with the profit model that is commercializing this sacred gift of the Earth. Incilius Alvarius has been around the planet for 10 million years, can you imagine how devastating it would be if in a matter of 10, 20 or 30 years, humans came to wipe out what nature has so elegantly crafted in such a beautiful and delicate balance? The dissonance between what people say and what they do is concerning. Please, let’s all wake up and get it right. What a wondrous opportunity this could be to rise above ignorance, greed, and stubbornness. If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be almost comical to think that while pursuing enlightenment and healing for the world, we are compromising the viability of the little peaceful creature we claim to love so. What a powerful lesson the toad is trying to instill in us, don’t you think? It is almost like a cosmic test… let’s not fail this, let’s rise, use our deepest human wisdom and transcend the pattern of anthropocentrism and narcissistic tendencies that have characterized our species. “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”. -William Shakespeare
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    Harvest Ethics

    Hi Wile E, How's it going !? In regards to the synthetic 5-Meo/Bufo secretion conversation, did you see Hamilton Morris' original talk from WBAC 2018 where he discusses the relative ease of synthesis from other precursors or novel pathways to synthesis (albeit also ones that preserve the entourage effect of Bufo secretion which I think is important as in my experience there definitely feels like a definitive qualitative distinction). He's done a pretty good job of following up on some mistakes he made in the toad episode of Pharmacopiea (mostly concerning the identity of Al Most around which he was duped) new episode released a few days ago too. Also check out the 'Ethics & Ecology' section of the 5meodmt.org forum as there is some really amazing research contributions there: especially posts by 'Shy Violet' like the one entitled Amphibians on Earth (I'll copy and paste it below for those not members of the 5-Hive forum). Also the 'save a toad exploit a chemist' hashtag was created by Malin Uthaug, the author of the PsychedelicsToday article and she posts on the forum a bit as well as a podcast at Psychedelics Today. There's another good article over at DoubleBlind called 'Is it Worth Kidnapping Toads to Extract their Psychedelic Venom—When You Could Make it In a Lab?' cheers, Flux
  14. So as the weather warms up and we rise from the collective Covid winter weirdness and restrictions on gathering numbers gradually lift, APS_Sydney Psychedelic Park meetings are back on !! SO come along one and all (well no more than 50 to be precise) for a casual gathering of fellow psychedelicly-minded folks and a chance to connect with community, share conversation, inspiration and fun as well as a bit of food and drink if you like Exact location will be posted closer to the day...but either way if you miss it on the event page below, look for a purple flag or the APS banner and/or a group of weird and wonderful humans and that'll most likely be us https://www.facebook.com/events/783562695555631 See ya'll there
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    "Longifolia group" and DMT

    You'll only smell that distinct tryptamine smell if there's at least one percent in the plant matter burnt This appears to be correct imo - periods of dry weather pre-harvest increase yields (as well as DMT being water-soluble so washing away with any rain) in terms of Longifolia being active as the OP eludes too - there are certainly instances that have proven this to be the case by members here...but these have been few and far between and many variable factors that may be contributing to this successful yield......so much more to discover about this fascinating species
  16. Hiya Sir Jeans - That's one beauty of a TBM and most definitely worth taking to auction to get the best price...love that cluster of aerial roots too, just gives it some added character ! In regards to moving interstate for a P-a-P opportunity - BE VERY CAUTIOUS with what Mind Medicine are offering. The old adage, If it sounds too good to be true it probably is ! They are promising a lot at the moment - as they attempt to fast-track legal psychedelic-assisted-psychotherapy however they can. They are founded by investment bankers, venture capitalists and upper-class socialites whose recent experiences with psilocybin at legal retreats overseas have given them the ole' psychedelic evangelical fervour we often get in the early days. So in order to endure their success they have paired up with LNP members and other powerful figures with questionable ethics who will help them achieve this as son as they can (I suspect undoubtedly they have money invested in a legal MDMA/psilocybin-synthesis company here or Overseas that they can utilise if/when the law changes here). In any case, what they promise in terms of training for psychedelic-assisted-psychotherapy is problematic, firstly it's entirely predicated upon them getting the TGA to reschedule psilocybin and MDMA (which if they fail; will be anther 4 years before they can apply again) and secondly, the certificate they offer has not yet been recognised by any academic body in Australia so it may be quite worthless in the end ...even though it may be extremely interesting and informative and based on the work of some skilled masters like Stan Grof & individuals from the MAPS team (what concerns me a lot though, is that they deem '3 trips' enough to guide another person through the darkest recesses of their psyche). I would suggest a drivers license type model of 100 hours in the field with a trainer and varying levels of provisionality building up to unsupervised supervision of others be a more suitable pre-requisite to becoming 'a trip sitter'. Also under the MMA model, clinical psychs will be the gatekeepers to who has access to P-A-P under their model and this is very problematic as it omits manifold communities and individuals suffering a range of traumas (not just personal but inter-generational) who simply cannot afford the 10s of 1000s of dollars that will be required to access this treatment legally. This is also entirely hypocritical when their own motivation for trying psilocybin in the first place was 'curiosity' (as it is for many people and is a perfectly valid motive), yet its beyond their remit to support decriminalisation efforts in Australia ..so unless you can afford to go where its legal to have your 'enlightening moment' then you'll be classed alongside meth addicts and heroin users under the current law. Anyway, I would probably have jumped at the opportunity too a few years ago - and there are so many people excited that their passion for psychedelics can now finally be recognised as legitimate and a way to help others. But my advice for now, would be to stick to the academic route whatever your field is (psychology, psychiatry, counselling, addiction services, health sciences, psycho-pharmacology, molecular biology, organic chemistry or even social sciences like anthropology, sociology, communications, philosophy, etc) even marketing and networking are skills sought after by psychedelic start-ups right now. And guaranteed, an absolute myriad of opportunities will open up over the next few years from numerous facets of this rapidly growing global community (personally I feel MMA just wanna be the first across the line in Oz merely for the kudos and social credit...given their reluctance to acknowledge other orgs that have existed for decades within the psychedelic space in OZ), so be patient as others are waiting in the wings to either take advantage of MMAs hubris and naive exuberance OR preparing to move into the legal psychedelic therapy space regardless. Soz for the rant bro, but there's a lot of fishiness about this org and people should be well-informed before parting with their hard earned wages to a group of directors, shareholders and the privileged private school boys who've never really had to work toooo hard to get where they are now. All the best (and feel free to pm me anytime if you think I can help further) and hope ya get a good price for the TBM there - its a fine specimen indeed cheers, Flux
  17. ...Well as the weather warms up and we rise from the collective Covid winter weirdness and restrictions on gathering numbers gradually lift, APS-Sydney Psychedelic Park meetings are back on! So come along one and all (well no more than 50 to be precise) for a casual gathering of fellow psychedelicly-minded folks and for a chance to connect with community, share conversation, inspiration, food, drink and fun. Exact location will be posted closer to the day, so RSVP via the Facebook event page and keep an eye on the page that day: vhttps://www.facebook.com/events/783562695555631/ ...either way if you miss it: look for a purple flag or the APS banner and a group of weird and wonderful humans Hope to see y'all there
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    Sydney-APS Book Club

    Hey all Sydney-Australian Psychedelic Society is hosting book club again at Alchemy Space in Newtown on Friday 27th October at 7 p.m On this occasion we will be focusing on a key essay from iconoclastic 20th psychedelic sage Timothy Leary; 'The Politics of Ecstasy'. Leary, perhaps best known for his co-authored 'The Psychedelic Experience' (along with Ralph Metzner And Ram Dass), and his notorious injunction to “Tune in, Turn On And Drop Out”, is a controversial figure in the psychedelic space, having been variously described as a genius, maverick, troublemaker and charlatan. Perfect for a book club meet up! In the present day psychedelic renaissance, Leary is oft referenced as a figure who mismanaged the counter cultural tumult of the 60s, and irresponsibly counselled the heedless use of psychedelics, and disengagement from mainstream cultural programming. So, we will let the great man speak for himself on the evening and make up our own minds, as Leary discusses the intersection of hedonism, the law and government, psychotherapy and brain science and re-imprinting . As always, anecdotes, tangents and newcomers most welcome. Tickets; $10:00 from https://events.humanitix.com/aps-sydney-book-club-politics-of-ecstasy cheers, Flux
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    Happy Wattle Day!

    $100 a point is so waaaaaaay put there - like almost 10x the price. In order for someone to have a sustainable plantation they would have needed to sow many Courtii several years ago ....but as you said; the perception of sustainability and demand is a good sign in terms of awareness
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    Happy Wattle Day!

    @Wile E. Peyote SADLY YES; Very recently (6 months ago), I saw someone on Dream Market selling a lot of what they called "sustainably harvested Acacia Courtii grown in a plantation"...which instantly raised suspicion as I doubt the existence of many 'Courtii plantations out there'. Even though that market did an exit scam----I think I can find the name of the vendor again (shoulda screen shot it at the time but was a bit in shock and angry). I had a gnawing feeling that this may been a result of the destruction I witnessed 2 years ago and posted here...but maybe thats just a subjective correlation I'm making What really struck me is that they were charging $100 for 100mg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Large Acacia Giveaway! (Moving House)

    AH WOW- that's so cool you're gonna be over this way ! - and that the seed came from me and awesome you've got a spot in the ground for them as they will absolutely take off with that kinda root room Funnily enough, I've actually also got a nice 1metre Simplex too (which is kinda rare in that not a lotta folks grow it). After a bit of a slow start, overall its grown really well since I got it from @Glaukus as a small seedling a few years back. This is my biggest Courtii at the moment (I also have a 4-5 year old tree in the ground up north close to Courtii's naturally endemic home, but it never comes to visit lol)
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    Large Acacia Giveaway! (Moving House)

    Hey @andros88 - do you still have any of these availabel? Floribunda is the one acacia I don't really have in my collection- and that one looks a little more like the wild type (longer, wider phyllodes with fluffier white flowers) than the less active domestic one that has short skinny phyllodes with shorter yellow flowers). Acacia Victoriae looks like an interesting species; not much on it in regards to tryptamines but the Nexus states " Acacia victoriae is also important as chemicals extracted from this plant have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, and current research may lead to these anti-cancer agents being used in future for the treatment of human skin cancer and other malignancies of the gut and glands. Australian pioneers roasted the seeds of Acacia victoriae to use in the making of a coffee substitute I just moved house too (Newtown to Summer Hill) and it took 3 of us most of the day to move everything !!! It was well worth it though as everything is settling into the new place nicely now...got a nice courtyard area that the cacti love, as well as some garden bed with very rich soil (previous tenants grew vegetables in it) which the Caapi is taking to nicely - one side of the courtyard is permanently in shade as well which should suit the Sallys nicely... as well as maybe some Sub mycelium in winter
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    Acacia courtii giveaway

    Nice One @SayN - and kudos Xperiment for giving away such aught after trees. I'm just about to repot my oldest Courtii today ...also noticed a pair of flower buds on it a few weeks ago too. I reckon there should be a decent amount of domestic Courtii seed appearing early next year too -as the first round of Courti's that Rowan and Julian Palmer distributed in 2016 bear fruit
  24. Hey Sydney folk... APS Book Club is back as promised, so come and join us for some thoroughly engaging, psychedelic-themed, literary conversation focussed on Aldous Huxley's critical (1954) text; The Doors of Perception. Spaces are limited to 15, so get in fast ! When: October 23rd, 6:00pm Where: Alchemy Space, Newtown Tickets: https://fb.me/e/3hgLS41kj