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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'.

17 July 1998

Banksia spinulosa var. spinulosa [Section 109], just at the edge of the lawn, is a medium to large shrub, with yellow flower spikes and maroon-black styles. Gahnia clarkei [Section 78] is a large sedge plant with long thin leaves and golden brown flowers.. A little further on in the triangular garden is Epacris calvertiana var. calvertiana [Section 17], a fairly open bush with a profusion of small creamy/white tubular flowers. At the beginning of this path are two Callitris oblonga [Section 37], compact, rounded, upright shrubs creating an entrance suitable for any garden. Grevillea floribunda [Section 37] has flowers like orange velvet in clusters at the end of its branches. Grevillea iaspicula [Section 37] has its red and green flowers in clusters spread over most of the plant. On the other side of the path is a lone wattle, Acacia genistifolia [Section 38] , in amongst the Callitris species, with pale yellow balls of flowers. Grevillea jephcottii [Section 37] has green and yellow flowers with just a touch of purple. Grevillea dryophylla [Section 37] with its holly-like leaves, has pendulous cone-shaped flowers which, though not completely out yet, seem to be green with red styles.

Further up the path Allocasuarina torulosa [Section 40] is a large tree with with brown flowers and just a few metres away is Allocasuarina littoralis [Section 40], a spreading tree covered in little rusty brown flowers giving the entire tree a shine. Looks very good from the Eucalypt Lawn.

Across the Eucalypt Lawn is Eucalyptus curtisii [Section 100], covered in bright green gum nuts. A group of small shrubs, Kunzea preissiana [Section 100], all covered with pink-mauve buds. Eucalyptus transcontinentalis [Section 100] is a small, mallee type shrub with spreading branches and lots of gum nuts and only a couple of branches with yellow-green flowers. Spyridium eriocephalum var. eriocephalum [Section 100], is a small reddish shrub with tiny white flowers, all over the plant. Micromyrtus ciliata [Section 100] is a prostrate plant with pink buds whose flowers are not yet out while close by is Hakea ceratophylla [Section 100], a small shrub with lots of scented, cream flowers. Melaleuca decora [Section 103], a large multi-stemmed tree with its trunk of `paper-bark' and along side of it is Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia [Section 103] another large shrub with golden flower spikes.

Across the wooden bridge is the climber Eustrephus latifolius [Section 106] with its bright orange, globular fruit [Section 72]. Correa backhousiana [Section 72], is a large shrub with ltubular pendulous , cream and green flowers. Correa lawrenciana [Section 72] is large shrub also with green tubular flowers. Turn left into the main path and wander back to see Pittosporum rhombifolium [Section 96] is covered in striking orange berries which can be seen from some distance away.

Naomi Bell

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