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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.

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19 April 2013

Banksia spinulosa 'Stumpy Gold'

Banksia spinulosa 'Stumpy Gold'
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This walk, although somewhat longer, provides many plants to admire including a variety of interesting shrubs. It starts just past the café building.

  1. Firstly, outside the Visitor Centre doors in pots are Lechenaultia formosa, clad with its orange-red flowers draping over the edge of the pot, and Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, which displays its large dark‑centred red pea-shaped flowers.
  2. Continue to the far end of the cafe building where between two paths there is a group of Correa ‘Summer Belle’ [Section 240] bearing slim red tubular flowers with greenish mouths on the small open plants.
  3. Edging the lawn over the right-hand path is a grouping of Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ [Section 240], bearing large terminal red flower spikes.
  4. Return to the Main Path to pass a corner planting of Banksia ‘Stumpy Gold’ [Section 131].  It is a low dense spreading shrub clad with a profusion of upright cylindrical gold flower spikes.
  5. Down further is Epacris ‘Nectar Pink’ [Section 131]. Its upright stems are edged with rows of pink tubular flowers with white mouths.
  6. Opposite is a large dense shrub Callistemon citrinus ‘Splendens’ [Section 240], displaying its red bottlebrush flowers.
  7. Crowded beside this is Crowea ‘Cooper’s Hybrid’ [Section 240], resplendent with its showy deep pink four-petalled star-like flowers.
  8. In front of the building is Banksia ‘Honey Pots’ [Section 131] with its honey-coloured flower spikes on a low open shrub.
  9. In the opposite corner behind the large notice board, Callistemon subulatus [Section 10] is a dense medium size shrub bright with deep red bottlebrush-like flowers.
  10. Continue along this lower road passing Pimelea latifolia subsp. altior [Section 143], a neat rounded shrub with small clusters of tiny white flowers.
  11. Later, Mountain Devil, Lambertia formosa [Section 143] is a medium upright shrub bearing its unusual red flowers.
  12. At the intersection a hedge of Callistemon ‘Firebrand’ [Section 32] contains many red bottlebrushes.
  13. Following this road to the left, almost parallel to the boundary, passing a large old Banksia aemula [Section 32] laden with dark spent flower heads and young lemon flower heads.
  14. Continue on the road to where there are many banksias, including Banksia paludosa [Section 28], a smaller rounded shrub with gold flower spikes.
  15. Rounding the corner, Banksia integrifolia subsp. compar [Section 27] is a large dense shrub bright with lemon flower spikes.
  16. Nearby is Grevillea ‘Sid Reynolds’ [Section 25], a medium dense shrub profuse with rather concealed pink-cream flowers.
  17. Opposite the next corner to the left is a group of Correa ‘Pink Lips’ [Section 112] with slim pink with greenish month tube-shaped flowers on the small dense shrub.
  18. Follow the left road down to the next intersection where there are many flowers, including Banksia ‘Cape Patterson Dwarf’ [Section 26] with cream flower spikes on a small upright shrub.
  19. By the side of the banksia, Grevillea ‘LadyO’ [Section 26] has few red flowers and many buds on the low shrub with many lateral branches.
  20. Across the road is Ivory Curl, Buckinghamia celsissima [Section 27], an as-yet small tree crowned with dark foliage and with pendulous spikes of cream flowers... really worth viewing!

Continue along this Main Path to return to the café.

Barbara Daly