In Flower This Week
A weekly news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer.
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets [ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.
3 May 2013
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A walk along the curvaceous Main Path this time of the year is a pleasant experience. Flowers are plentiful which includes many banksias. The walk commences at the far end of the café building.
- But first, arching over the lower steps leading up to the Visitors Centre, are branches laden with fruits and deep red fluffy flowers of she- oaks, Allocasuarina littoralis [Section 172].
- Leaving the buildings, Thryptomene sp. [Section 10, 9] is a low plant with lateral arching branches clad with tiny pink flowers.
- Behind the bed of daisies which include Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 303], a green suckering plant with clusters of yellow flower heads, is a bottlebrush, Callistemon citrinus [Section 9], a large dense shrub bright with its crimson flowers.
- The Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia [Section 30] is another large shrub bright with long upright cylindrical golden flower spikes.
- Behind the seat Grevillea diminuta [Section 30] is a rounded shrub with dangling threads of buds just now exploding to clusters of rust red flowers.
- Almost opposite is Banksia heliantha [Section 30] displaying its large yellow flower heads and yellow buds surrounded by fine dark bracts, among the oak-like leaves.
- Nearby is Banksia ‘Honeypots’ [Section 30], a small open shrub displaying its deep honey coloured flower spikes.
- Banksia integrifolia [Section 30] is a prostrate plant with lemon flower spikes among the dull green silver backed leaves.
- Towards the cross-roads, Buckinghamia celsissima [Section 27] is a small upright tree with large shiny leaves and terminal sprays of long cream flowers.
- Beside is the Firewheel tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus [Section 27] also a small tree with large, mostly lobed leaves and sprays of long orange-red whirled flowers.
- Across the road, a group of flowering shrubs include the long-flowering, Grevillea ‘Lady O’ [Section 16] bearing its red flowers and many buds.
- Opposite is Hakea cycloptera [Section 24] of medium height, long needle-like leaves and crowned with lacy pink flowers.
- Hakea clavata [Section 26] is a low open shrub with club shaped pointed leaves and small lacy pink flower balls edging the stems.
- Past the seat, Grevillea dielsiana [Section 26] is an erect open shrub with prickly leaves and with pendulous clusters of orange-red flowers.
- Crossing the next road, Correa ‘Canberra Bells’ [Section 112] continues to display its bright red-yellow tube shaped flowers.
- The path then meanders through the Sydney Basin Gully. Towards the exit, Crowea saligna [Section 191u], is a low spreading shrub bright with pretty pink star flowers. Also, behind the curved seat is a mint bush, Prostanthera porcata [Section 191u] bearing its pink tube flowers on the open shrub.
- Opposite is a waratah, Telopea speciosissima x oreades[Section191u] a small upright shrub crowned with one red flower head.
- At the exit are few flannel flowers, Actinotus helianthi [Section 191 l] some plants may bear its velvety daisy-like white flowers above its flannel-like grey-green foliage.
- Cross the Eucalyptus Lawn and the Acacia section, Hakea purpurea [Section 20] is an upright shrub colourful with its bright red lacy flower clusters among its fine foliage.
- The Rock Garden has many flowering shrubs including Grevillea lanigera [Section 15c], a ground cover dense with pink-white spider-like flowers.....and so a wander through the cools rainforest to the Visitors Centre.