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18 July 2003

With this foggy bracing weather many flowers are in bud while others such as banksias, grevilleas and wattles are already blooming.  Along Banks Walk, Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’ [Section 174] is a dense dwarf shrub lit with upright golden cylindrical flowers.  Woollsia pungens [Section 174] also resembles candles for its upright branches are dense with small white flowers.

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Queen’ [Section 124] has attractive apricot coloured spider flowers on the spreading shrub, while Grevillea ‘Scarlet Sprite’ [Section 119] is a dense rounded shrub brightened with its scarlet flowers.  Thryptomene saxicola ‘Pink Lace’ [Section 10], under the limbs of the large Eucalyptus mannifera tree, is a small spreading plant well covered with tiny pink flowers. Q’ld Silver Wattle, Acacia podalyriifolia [Section 119] displays its clusters of fluffy yellow flower balls among its grey-green foliage.

Walking through the Rock Garden, always a source of colourful flowers, we see a Grevillea baueri-lanigera intermediate [Section 15C] with pink spider flowers covering the prostrate plant which creeps over the rocks.  Eremophila sargentii [Section 15E] is a small shrub with pale mauve trumped flowers along its upright stems.  At the top of the stairs, Grevillea ‘Mason’s Hybrid’ [Section 15H] is a large, long-flowering shrub bearing terminal orange-red floral sprays.  Opposite, a bearded heath, Leucopogon melaleucoides [Section 15A] is a very small shrub covered in profusion with tiny hairy tubular white flowers.  Crossing the road, Acacia conferta [Section 3] is an open shrub with a scattering of yellow flower balls.

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Banksia spinulosa var. collina - click for larger image

Up the zig-zag path to the covered shelter, Banksia spinulosa var. collina [Section 37] bears yellow flower spikes, and Banksia plagiocarpa [Section 37] has dark grey-blue flowers on an upright shrub.  Beside, Grevillea dielsiana [Section 37] is a picture to see for this open medium size shrub dangles its many orange-red flowers, like Christmas lights, from its branches with fine divided foliage.  Grevillea stenomera [Section 37] is a large spreading shrub bearing mostly solitary deep pink flowers. Edging the upper path, Grevillea victoriae [Section 37] is a large old shrub with pendent rust coloured flowers. 

Almost opposite, Cryptandra amara subsp. floribunda [Section 38] is a dwarf shrub with small white flowers covering the long arching lateral branches.  Edging the path and around the corner Grevillea thelemanniana subsp. indet [Section 37] is small spreading shrub with conspicuous salmon coloured flowers pendent in the soft grey-green foliage. In the garden at the next small path edging the lawn is Banksia sp. [Section 37], low, dense and spreading with almost black styles on gold flower spikes – quite impressive.  Nearby the Possum Banksia, Banksia baueri [Section 37] is a small shrub bearing lovely almost rounded woolly grey flower spikes.

This cold morning the magpies are chortling to anyone while the kookaburras laugh about everything.  Returning, Hakea cristata [Section 24] is another picture with globular clusters of white flowers attached to the many lateral branches of this open shrub.

Such wonderful flowers we have !                                                                    Barbara Daly




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Updated Friday, 18 July, 2003 by Laura Vallee (