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.
13 August 2004
Banksia spinulosa - click for larger image
View the flowers from Banks Walk and also the array of ferns and orchids edging the Rainforest Gully [Section 125] some clinging to the tree trunks while others prefer a rock bed. Opposite, Grevillea rosmarinifolia Rosy Posy [Section 182] is a neat small shrub with many pendent dusky red flower clusters. Rounding the corner, the Queensland Silver Wattle, Acacia podalyriifolia [Section 126] is brilliant with fluffy balls of yellow flowers mingling with the grey-green foliage. These acacias are seen throughout the gardens and flower earlier than other species. Banksia spinulosa [Section 126], nearby, is a smaller rounded shrub containing many upright gold flower spikes. Grevillea Poorinda Leane [Section 124], with long lateral branches, bears apricot coloured spider flowers. on the tops of the trees above, the large Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos are holding their morning chatter. Not far away the Crimson Rosellas seem to be trying to outdo them
Banksia integrifolia subsp. compar - click for larger image
Walk through this area where Possum Banksia, Banksia baueri [Section 30, 27] displays its ever expanding rotund grey woolly flower spikes. Heath Banksia, Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia [Section 30] is a larger shrub alight with slimmer gold flower spikes. At the junction of this path, Grevillea lanigera [Section 25] is a dense ground-cover well covered with pink and cream flowers. Take the smaller lane right where a group of Grevillea brevifolia subsp. brevifolia [Section 27] is blanketed with lovely rust red flowers. Banksia spinulosa var. collina [Section 27] is of similar size, decorated with yellow flower spikes mingling with the neatly arranged leaves. Continue along this narrow curvaceous path through the white and grey trunks of mostly Eucalyptus mannifera [Sections 25,27] and Banksia serrata [25,27] with their old rippled trunks and where the smaller birds including the White-browed Scrub Wrens and the colourful Blue Fairy Wrens scratch about in the leaf litter. Banksia integrifolia subsp. compar [Section 27] is quite a large shrub with yellow flower spikes mixing with the smooth green foliage. Almost opposite, Grevillea Sid Reynolds [Section 25] is an erect spreading shrub with yellow and red flowers scattered amid the foliage.
On the upper level, Grevillea floribunda subsp. floribunda [Section 26] is an attractive neat small shrub with grayish green foliage accentuating the splendid pendent woolly rust coloured flower clusters. Close by Grevillea paniculata [Section 26] has a long slanting trunk tipped with a mass of prickly foliage. Its small white flower clusters along the branches are quite conspicuous. At the intersection Correa pulchella (variant 10) [Section 112] is a small upright plant bearing rust-red pendant tubular flowers and Crowea exalata [Section 112] is a prostrate plant sprinkled with pale pink star flowers.
Opposite is a group of Crowea saligna [Section 191H] shrubs, so attractive with deep pink star flowers blending with the reddened tips of the foliage.
Returning, Hakea orthorrhyncha var. filiformis [Section 21] has many bare trunks cloaked with small lacey red flowers now thats another interesting plant!
Birds and plants, they go well together