Australian National Botanic Gardens
A weekly news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer.
Numbers in square brackets  refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.
16 January 2004
Cant help but admire the graceful Smooth-barked Apple, Angophora costata subsp. costata [Section 168] in the car-park. The trees are tall with attractive mottled tan-pink bark and willowy branches white with clusters of fluffy flowers. However this walk is to view flowers in the Rock Garden.
Halgania cyanea - click for larger image
Bulbine vagans [Section 15C, and elsewhere] has long succulent slim leaves and terminal heads of yellow star flowers on long, mostly upright stems. Grevillea Poorinda Royal Mantle [Section 15D] is a dark green carpet with dark red toothbrush-like flowers flowing down the slope. Chrysocephalum semiamplexicaule [Section 15D] has bright orange clusters of small flowers on long unruly green stems. Close by, a Field Lily, Crinum angustifolium [Section 15D] displays its attractive open petalled white flowers with mauve anthers atop long upright stems. Halgania cyanea [Section 15D] is a dwarf plant with deep blue flowers.
Hypocalymma xanthopetalum [Section 15F] is a tiny shrub with many yellow feathery flowers, nestled between the rocks. Near the base of the stairs, Baeckea sp. [Section 15A] has long arching branches dense with tiny white flowers while, at the top of the stairs, Persoonia linearis x pinifolia [Section 15H] is a large shrub with soft pine-like needles and terminal sprays of small yellow tubular flowers on pendulous branches. Along this top road are seen numerous kangaroo paws, Anigozanthos flavidus [Section 15H] with burnt red paw flowers on long slender stems. The perfume is that of Acacia subulata [Section 3] a medium size shrub with fine leaf and sprays of small fluffy yellow flower balls, seen across the road.
Banksia caleyi - click for larger image
Scaevola albida var. albida [Section 15H] is well covered with small white fan-shaped flowers and Dampiera sylvestris [Section 15H] is a dense suckering plant with a canopy of blue flowers. Artanema fimbriatum [Section 15J] is a small open shrub with lovely pale blue and white bugle flowers while, around the corner Scaevola New Blue [Section 15J] is a prostrate plant with vivid blue fan flowers.
Continuing past the stand of grass trees, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii [Section 15N] Scaevola calendulacea [Section 15N] has shiny succulent leaves and pale blue fan flowers along the trailing stems. An emu bush, Eremophila alternifolia [Section 15N] has carmine coloured trumpet-shaped flowers. A mint bush, Prostanthera sp. [Section 15N] is an upright shrub displaying dusky pink-tan bugle flowers over the small shrub while at the end of the road, the Blue Grass Lily, Agrostocrinum scabrum [Section 15N] is a small tufted plant with attractive blue star flowers on slim stems.
Returning, Hibbertia longifolia [Section 15N] has quite large yellow flowers on yet a small shrub. Petalostylis labicheoides [Section 15N, 15R] is an open shrub bright with open apricot coloured flowers. Notice the lovely Eucalyptus lansdowneana subsp. lansdowneana [Section 15R], tall, slim and graceful, tipped with red feathery flowers. See, too, Banksia caleyi [Section 15P], still a small shrub revealing colourful inverted maroon flower spikes really nice. Lythrum salicaria [Section 15Q] in front of the waterfall, pretty with spikes of terminal pink flowers.
Such a colourful wonderland Barbara Daly.