Australian National Botanic Gardens
In Flower This Week
A weekly news-sheet prepared by a Gardens volunteer
17 April 1998
Follow this walk and you'll surely see some interesting sculpture and some Easter banksias. In the Display Garden along Banks Walk, Crowea saligna [Section 174] has lovely waxy pink flowers and Brachyscome multifida `Evan' [Section 174] grows in small cushions with soft, mauve daisies to add extra beauty.
In front of the Cafe building, in pots, Grass Trees, Xanthorrhoea sp. [Section 136] seem sculptured with wavy, grey trunk and neatly trimmed green tops. Melaleuca `Little Beauty' [Section 131] is a small plant with clusters of rich mauve, feathery flowers.. Callistemon `Baroondah Station' [Section 143] is a neat, upright plant adorned with soft, pink bottlebrushes. Around the corner, just past Banksia `Giant Candles' [Section143] with pencil-like ochre buds, just exploding into tall, robust, cylindrical golden flower-heads, see `Furniture from the Bush' sculpture [Section 143] by Pip Giovanelli. Pass by Callistemon citrinus [Section 11], still a small shrub, adorned with red bottlebrushes which seem to dance in the breeze. Close by `Yaouk Three-seater' [Section10] is another sculpture of snowgum bush wood.
Towards the Rock Garden, Swainsona galegifolia [Section 110] continues to bear two-tone mauve pea flowers and pink seed pods. In front of the waterfall, Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa [Section 15V], floral emblem of SA, has stunning red pea flowers with black boss amid trailing grey foliage. Close by, Goodenia amplexans [Section 15V] bears small yellow flowers along the upright stems. The brilliance of the yellow straw flowers, Bracteantha bracteata [Sections 15A, 15B, 15C] is quite eyecatching. Olearia ramulosa [Section 15A], seen near the upper steps, is covered with small, mauve-centred white daisies. Across the road, Acacia saliciformis [Section 2] is an attractive small tree well covered with fluffy cream flower clusters. Uphill an area of banksias include Banksia spinulosa var. spinulosa [Section 37] a neat, rounded shrub with dark foliage and gold, ribbed flower heads. Banksia paludosa [Section 37], with differing foliage, has mustard coloured flower-heads while Banksia oblongifolia [Section 37] has green flower spikes. Notice the many juvenile flower spikes at the base of this plant. Banksia marginata [Section 37], an species, is a large, rounded shrub with an outer showing of small, pale yellow flower-heads which cover many old grey cones. In this area is Grevillea beadleana [Section 37] which has soft,velvety grey-green divided leaves and dark red, almost black, toothbrush-like flowers. Inspect now, the sculpture, `Landmark' [Section 34] arranged by Irene Briant, with old rusting paraphenalia from surrounding farms etc. ... I like it!
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