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7 March 2003

The flowers seen along Banks Walk are forever colourful. They include an emu bush cultivar, Eremophila ‘Murchison Magic’ [Section 210] with salmon-coloured curved tubular flowers scattered among the grey foliage and kangaroo paw cultivar AnigozanthosBush Noon’ [Section 210] with its greenish yellow ‘paw’ flowers atop long slender stems. Both these plants have been in flower for some time. Viola hederacea [Section 210], snug between rocks, has many mauve violets and Hibbertia vestita [Section 210], also a ground cover, has yellow open flowers which brighten the dark green foliage.

Departing this area for another colourful spot, for there are many throughout these Gardens, Callistemon ‘Howie’s Fire Glow’ [Section 124] is a small open tree glowing with red bottlebrush flowers. Scaevola albida [Section 124] has a covering of small mauve fan flowers over this ground cover. Around the corner Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ [Section 119] is a dense shrub with short needle foliage sprinkled with scarlet spider flowers. Across the path Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ [Section 124], a smaller open shrub, has terminal sprays of conical red flowers. Towards the Rock Garden Callistemon ‘Glasshouse Country’ [Section 110], near the center of this bed, displays its pretty pink bottlebrushes from the arching branches.

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Crinum flaccidum
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In the Rock Garden it is worthwhile finding the Murray-Darling Lily, Crinum flaccidum [Section 15C], splendid with white many-petalled flowers in groups on long upright stems, surrounded by long weak leaves. It has been producing flowers for some time. Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa [Section 15G], floral emblem of South Australia, is a small compact trailing plant brilliant with its showy large deep red pea flowers with a darker central boss.

The next part of this walk will focus on the new section of the Rock Garden which starts after the grass trees, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii [Section 15N], and is best seen from the top road. Dampiera linearis [Section 15N] is a dwarf spreading herb with deep blue flowers. Solanum sturtianum [Section 15N] is an open upright plant with greenish-grey foliage and deep purple flowers. Scaevolas here include the brilliant cultivar, Scaevola ‘New Blue’ [Section 15N], with deep blue fan flowers, and the Tangled Fan Flower, Scaevola oxyclona [Section 15N], a small rounded plant with pale mauve flowers mixed with sharp divided leaves. Scaevola canescens [Section 15N] is low and spreading with pale pink flowers. Scaevola phlebopetala [Section 15N] is prostrate with radiating stems carrying deep violet fan flowers with yellow throats. Scaevola brookeana [Section 15N] has pale blue flowers over this upright, many branched, dwarf shrub.

Other plants include a mint bush, Prostanthera cryptandroides [Section 15N], attractive with shades of purple tubular flowers. At the far end find Lechenaultia formosa [Section 15N] with soft foliage and dainty pale blue flowers. Along the lower path a mulla mulla, Ptilotus macrocephalus [Section 15N], shows its soft fluffy pale green, almost white, flower heads on upright stems and Verticordia pennigera [Section 15N] is lovely with soft pink feathery flowers along its stems. 

Such flowers … such colour …                                          Barbara Daly.

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