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.
15 March 2013
Corymbia 'Summer Red'
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This walk follows a path with maybe not so many flowers but it is quite pleasant.
- Plants in pots outside the Visitor Information Centre include Rhododendron viriosum, attractive with its orange-red bell-shaped flowers, and the Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, with its bright red dark-centred pea-shaped flowers.
- Along Banks Walk a small tree, Corymbia ‘Summer Red’ [Section 174] bears clusters of bright red flowers.
- At the next corner, Crowea ‘Festival’ [Section 174] is a small open shrub bearing pink star-shaped flowers.
- Take the road on the far side of the Rainforest Gully to view Grevillea bipinnatifida ‘Jingle Bells’ [Section 124], grown as a standard with red pendulous flower spikes among the crinkly leaves.
- Around the corner Grevillea ‘Goldfever’ [Section 124] is a small spreading shrub scattered with apricot-coloured flowers.
- Close to the corner Scaevola albida [Section 124] is a dense groundcover profuse with tiny fan-shaped pale blue flowers.
- Take the road to the left to view a group of Correa ‘Canberra Bells’ [Section 119], the flower selected to commemorate Canberra’s centenary (as illustrated above).
- Follow the nearby path opposite to view Callistemon citrinus [Section 9], a group of large shrubs profuse with crimson bottlebrushes.
- The next left path passes close to Callistemon citrinus ‘Firebrand’ [Section 9], a low spreading shrub with loose bottlebrushes.
- The next path passes Chittick, Lambertia inermis [Section 27], a large shrub with few orange tube flowers radiating from a common centre.
- At the corner of the Main Path to the right, Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia [Section 30] is a prostrate plant bearing lemon upright cylindrical flower spikes.
- Numerous banksias are now bearing immature flower spikes. This group of Banksia conferta [Section 25] is tall and slim with yellow-cream flower spikes.
- Opposite, Banksia spinulosa [Section 27] is a small dense shrub with prominent dull gold upright immature flower spikes.
- At the next corner is Grevillea ‘Lady O’ [Sections 26, 24], with bright red flower clusters on this low spreading shrub.
- Returning along this path to the left, Banksia robur [Section 25] is a large spreading shrub with large leathery leaves. The bottle-green flower spikes fade through light green to a lemon colour with age before finally turning charcoal grey-brown.
- Deua Flame, Grevillea rhyolitica subsp. rhyolitica [Section 25], is also a large shrub bearing red spider-like flowers.
- Grevillea diminuta [Section 25] is another large shrub with strands of rust-coloured flowers dangling from the branches.
- Almost opposite, Banksia aemula [Section 24] is a large dense shrub with many lemon flower spikes.
- Edging the road, Thomasia petalocalyx [Section 25] is low and dense, sprinkled with small pink downturned flowers.
- Past the zebra crossing, Westringia glabra [Section 6] is a medium open shrub bearing small mauve flowers.
- Correa alba [Sections 7, 107] has a covering of white star flowers over the dense shrub.
- Cross the road to the entrance of the Brittlegum Lawn to view Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ [Section109] edging the lawn. It has large terminal loose red flower heads.
The Rainforest could be a cool relaxing route back to the Visitor Centre.