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.
30 November 2012
Anigozanthos 'Bush Ruby'
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The floral display edging Banks Walk is a joy to admire. However this walk is further afield with floral shrubs are less dense.
- Edging Banks walk teatree, Leptospermum ‘Bywong Merinda’ [Section 210] is vivid with dark pink petalled flowers. Teatrees are flowering well now.
- Follow the road on the far side of the Rainforest Gully opposite which a group of Leptospermum ‘Tickled Pink’ [Section 124] displays its paler pink flowers over smaller open shrubs.
- Close by groundcover, Grevillea ‘Bedspread’ [Section 124] bears pink toothbrush-like flowers among its dense foliage.
- Native Elderberry, Cuttsia viburnea [Section 114] is a rainforest plant with dense shiny leaves bearing sprays of yet cream buds.
- This triangular garden contains kangaroo paws including Anigozanthos ‘Bush Dance’ [Section 17] with bright yellow ‘paw’ flowers on long upright stems, Anigozanthos ‘Bush Ruby’ with maroon coloured flowers, Dampiera linearis showy with bright blue flowers and Chamelaucium ‘Murfit Rose’ with dark centred pink waxy flowers.
- Further uphill, Banksia speciosa [Section 36] is a large spreading shrub noticeable with its long narrow indented leaves and pale green flower heads, some resembling acorns.
- The shrubs at the top corner is picturesque with the pinkish mauve flowers of Leptospermum rotundifolium ’Lavender Queen’ [Section 39].
- Around the corner, below the bottletree, Brachychiton rupestris [Section 42] with its large bottle-like trunk, Tetratheca pilosa subsp. latifolia [Section 42] is a small open shrub with pink flowers.
- Nearby Hibbertia rupicola [Section 42] is a dense low spreading plant bright with open yellow flowers.
- Following this level road pass by an area of wattles, Acacia mearnsii [Section 39]. They are trees of medium size with dark green bipinnate leaves and well clad with soft fluffy perfumed deep cream flower balls.
- Almost opposite a bottlebrush, Callistemon ‘Howie’s Fire Glow’ [Section 43] is a tall shrub clad with fiery red bottlebrush-like flowers dotted with yellow anthers.
- Behind, Callistemon salignus [Section 43]is a taller shrub clad with rich cream flower spikes. Pass a section of she-oaks, Casuarina trees [Section 40] clad with fine foliage.
- Callistemon pearsonii [Section 45] is a lower spreading shrub with shorter bright red flower spikes also with anthers tipped yellow.
- Behind is a taller bottlebrush, Callistemon sp. [Section 45] quite visible with deep mauve flower spikes.
- Melaleuca fulgens [Section 51] is an upright shrub also with bottlebrush-like flowers which are coloured orange.
- At the corner of this road are shrubs including Verticordia plumosa [Section 51], a many-branched medium upright plant with terminal clusters of tiny pink flowers.
- Darwinia citriodora, [Section 51], the lemon-scented myrtle, has small triangular leaves and small flowers which age from white to red.
- Homoranthus flavescens [Section 51] has layered branches with clusters of terminal nectar laden flowers.
- The road to the right will pass by the Western Mallee area then pass the new developing Red Centre area which is quite spectacular. Opposite is an area of Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 300], so bright with the terminal heads of small rounded flowers, and Chrysocephalum semipapposum [Section 300] with similar flowers on taller stems.