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.
5 July 2013
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A walk along the curvaceous Main Path in cold, fog and frost is still a warming experience. It starts at the far end of the building adjoining the café and roams through the Sydney Basin, the Rock Garden and past the Rainforest Gully.
- A wattle, Acacia alata var. biglandulosa [Section 240] is bright with its small cream flower balls attached to the odd zigzag stems. The shrub is of medium height and is quite dense.
- Follow the Main Path passing Thryptomene saxicola [Section 10], an upright shrub with arching branches clad with tiny white flowers.
- Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ [Section 10] is slim and upright with tiny pink flowers.
- An emu bush, Eremophila strongyophylla [Section 302], in a pot, has deep purple flowers on its trailing stems.
- A heath-leaved banksia, Banksia ericifolia [Section 30], is a large spreading shrub with limbs clad with upright cylindrical golden flower spikes.
- Beside the seat Grevillea diminuta [Section 30] has dangling threads of buds now opening to clusters of rust-red flowers.
- Almost opposite Banksia heliantha [Section 30] is a low plant with large disc shaped yellow flower heads among the oak-like leaves.
- Close by is Banksia ‘Honeypots’ [Section 30], an open shrub displaying its honey‑ coloured flower spikes.
- The next bright shrub is Banksia spinulosa var. neoanglica [Section 25], neatly rounded and profusely clad with yellow flowers.
- Crowded beside is Grevillea dimorpha [Section 25], with its buds attached to the stems.
- Almost at the crossroads, Buckinghamia celsissima [Section 27] has terminal sprays of long cream flowers atop the upright tree.
- Beside is a Firewheel Tree, Stenocarpus sinuatus [Section 27], well covered with large lobed leaves that almost conceal whorls of orange-red flowers.
- Across the road Grevillea ‘Lady O’ [Section 26] continues to be picturesque with its coverage of red flowers over the low arching branches.
- Many grevilleas are seen throughout this section. At the next crossroads, Grevillea vestita subsp. isopogoides [Section 26] is a low spreading dense shrub well covered with white feathery flowers.
- Across the road Correa ‘Marian’s Marvel’ [Section 112] is a dense shrub edging the path, with pink and yellow tube-shaped flowers.
- The path then winds through the Sydney Basin where only few shrubs are in flower. They include a wattle, Acacia terminalis [Section 191h], clad with yellow fluffy flowers.
- Black-eyed Susan, Tetratheca thymifolia Section 191j], is a low dense plant with few downturned pink flowers with dark centres. It is seen at the turn-off to the glasshouses.
- Towards the exit, behind the circular seat, Crowea saligna [Section 191u] is a low spreading shrub bright with attractive pink star-shaped flowers.
- The winding road through the Eucalypt Lawns and an area of wattles passes by Hakea obtusa [Section 20], a large rounded shrub with rounded red or cream flowers attached to the branches behind the foliage.
- The Rock Garden has many flowers, including Guichenotia ledifolia [Section 4] with an array of pink cup-shaped downturned flowers over the dense rounded shrub.
- Grevillea lanigera [Section 15c] is a low spreading shrub with a coverage of deep pink flowers.
Cross to the edge of the Rainforest with its many shades of green then follow the road back to the café.