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29 August 2003

Our fair city is glowing with golden wattles and so are these wonderful Gardens. Acacia baileyana [Section 227] colours the car-park wall with golden flowers and outside the Visitor Centre the sloping bed is covered with the soft gold flowers of the Snowy River Wattle, Acacia boormanii [Section 210]. This walk follows the Main Path, starting at the end of the Café building, where many wattles as well as grevilleas and many other flowers can be seen. 

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Astartea 'Winter Pink' - click for larger image

Hardenbergia violacea [Section 12] stretches its vines covered with purple pea flowers along the earth. Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ [Section 11] is a slender upright shrub with small clusters of tiny pink flowers. Eremophila maculata subsp. brevifolia [Section 302] has burgundy-coloured tubular flowers amid its foliage while Rhodanthe anthemoides  ‘Chamomile Cascade’ [Section 303] covers the small dense plant with white daisies.

Possum Banksia, Banksia baueri [Section 30, 27], is yet a small shrub with lovely woolly grayish flower spikes. Philotheca (previously Eriostemon) ‘J. Semmens’ [Section 30] has a covering of pink buds, now exploding into white double-petalled flowers. The large shrub Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia [Section 30] is bright with deep gold cylindrical flower spikes. In front, Acacia baileyana [Section 30] is prostrate and well covered with gold fluffy flower balls. Grevillea lavandulacea ‘Tanunda’ [Section 30] is a prostrate border plant with grey foliage brightened with cherry red flowers. Down the bank Banksia spinulosa var. collina [Section 27] is a well-manicured shrub with yellow flower spikes.

Across the road are many grevilleas including Grevillea ‘Poorinda Adorning’ [Section 24], a small spreading plant with orange-red flowers. Grevillea flexuosa [Section 26] has terminal cigar-shaped yellow flowers on its waving branches. In front, Isopogon dubius [Section 26] is yet a small shrub displaying rose-pink silky flowers…really lovely. Across the road Phebalium glandulosum [Section 112] is a small plant bright with yellow flower clusters.

Follow the curving path through the Sydney Region Gully to find Grevillea sphacelata [Section 191H], a medium open shrub with interesting small grey flower heads. The self-seeding yellow straw daisies of Bracteantha sp. [Section 191S] are bright and the deep golden globular flower balls on the dwarf spreading Acacia gordonii [Section 191E] spread over the path. Opposite, Leucopogon neoanglicus [Section 191M] is a dwarf plant almost covered with tiny pink tubular flowers. Acacia leucoclada subsp. argentifolia [Section 191L] is a tree with soft silvery divided foliage decorated with strands of yellow globular flowers.

Follow the path through the Eucalypt Lawn and another section of wattles, to see Hakea recurva [Section 20], a large rounded shrub well covered with clusters of deep cream flowers, and Hakea scoparia [Section 20], not so large but pink with flowers dense along its terminal branches. The Rock Garden includes a corner of the soft pink daisies, Rhodanthe chlorocephala subsp. rosea [Section 15R], and Guichenotia macrantha [Section 4], an upright small shrub with downturned mauve-pink cup-shaped flowers mingling with the grey foliage.

In the Rainforest Gully the Yellow Sassafras, Doryphora sassafras [Section 147, 148], is a tall tree with shiny fragrant toothed leaves and white petalled flowers. Then down the ramp to where Eremophila maculata [Section 210] is bearing its bright yellow tubular flowers.

Always another flower to admire …                                      Barbara Daly.




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