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In Flower This Week

A weekly news-sheet prepared by a Gardens volunteer
Numbers in brackets [ ] refer to garden bed 'Sections'.

10 July 1998

Starting behind the Cafe building, on the corner is Banksia spinulosa [Section 182] with its upright golden flower spikes with dark styles and, almost along side of it, is Banksia spinulosa var. collina [Section 182] with its completely golden flower spikes. Westringia fruticosa [Section 124] has the occasional white flower emphasising its grey-green foliage.

Correa pulchella `Pink Mist' [Section 119] is a delightful small plant with showy tubular flowers. The flowers have been prominent for a few weeks now. Muehlenbeckia gunii [Section 119] is a prostrate plant with bright red stems setting of its green leaves.

Up the hill, near the Rock Garden, Swainsona galegifolia [Section 110] has showy purple pea flowers and reddish-green seed pods. Just across the path is a tall, sprawling old shrub, Geijera parviflora [Section 4] with dense, pendulous foliage nearly to ground level with shiny leaves and lots of buds which are a slightly lighter green. Just to the left of the Lindsay Pryor memorial, is Bursaria lasiophylla [Section 4], with tiny, white star-like flowers. Across in the Rock Garden is Bauera sessiliflora [Section 15C] covered in red/brown buds before its white flowers appear. Correa `Ivory Bells' [Section 15D] is covered with such bells and a little further on is Xanthorrhoea macronema, [Section 15D] a small plant with a grassy skirt and flower spikes of 30-40 mm. Though the spikes are past their best they are still rather striking. Eremophila maculata [Section 15F] is a dwarf shrub with tubular, maroon flowers, some of which have been scattered on the ground, probably by birds. Homoranthus darwinioides [Section 15F] has grey-green foliage and is covered with pendulous, yellow flowers with the fringe on the petals reddening with age. Leucopogon fraseri [Section 15F] is a small, compact shrub with dark green foliage and stiff, tubular flowers, pink edged with white. Persoonia linearis x pinifolia [Section 15W] is a medium sized shrub, with dense, greyish-green foliage and drooping golden-yellow flowers.

Acacia baileyana `Purpurea' [Section 3] has not come into flower yet, but its purple-tipped leaves are obviously the reason it acquired its common name. Acacia terminalis [Section 3], has been in flower now for some weeks. This small tree has creamy yellow flowers which turn golden brown with age. Acacia podalyriifolia [Section 3] has silver grey foliage and golden ball-shaped flowers. Acacia covenyi [Section 3] is very aptly named Blue Bush. The wattles are in various stages of coming into flower and most seem to be covered with a distinct yellow haze.


Naomi Bell

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