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.
30 September 2005
Ricinocarpos bowmanii - click for larger image
The Rockery is a mass of spring flowers. On the edge of the waterfall pool is Libertia paniculata [Section 15Q]. It has white flowers facing the sky; straplike leaves. Go up the stairs and on the left is Acacia alata var. biglandulosa [Section 15S], a Western Australia wattle which has cream flowers. It is most unusual to see combined stems and foliage. To the right is Lysiosepalum involucratum (labelled Lasiopetalum involucratum ) [Section 15R]. A low spreading shrub, flower buds are furry. The foliage is a soft grey/green and the flowers are lavender pink. Next door is Ricinocarpos bowmanii [Section 15R]. It is a small bush with prominent white flowers, pink stamens and small leaves. Beside it is Acacia rhigiophylla [Section 15R], a very large dagger wattle with lots of mid yellow flower balls up and down the branches. Opposite the wattle is a delicate little plant, Pimelea humilis [Section 15S]. It has creamy white rice flowers, soft small leaves. On the corner, Brachyscome ‘Strawberry Mousse' [Section 15R], a low groundcover, has pink daisy flowers and finger leaves. Leucopogon fraseri [Section 15K] is a low spreading heath. It has deep pink small bell-like flowers. The foliage is small and prickly.
Dampiera rosmarinifolia - click for larger image
Isopogon cuneatus [Section 15P], an endangered species, is a very large shrub with spectacular pink pompom flowers, leathery green leaves. Epacris gunnii [Section 15M] is a small plant with sharp foliage; little white star-shaped flowers all along the stem. Hugging the rocks can be seen Acacia ‘Kuranga Cascade' [Section 15T]. The leaves are heart shaped. Flowers are yellow. Eucalyptus websteriana [Section 15L] is a small multi-stemmed tree. It has cream flowers with profuse stamens; small rounded leaves. Banksia integrifolia var. integrifolia [Section 15L] a large spreading banksia, upright lime cream flower heads, green leathery leaves with light grey undersides arranged in a circle around the stem. Pimelea bracteata [Section 15K] is a medium sized shrub with green drooping flowers mostly hanging from the tip of the stem, small leaves evenly distributed along the stem. Phebalium squamulosum subsp. lineare [Section 15K] is a picture. The bush is loaded with lemon yellow flowers, prominent stamens, feathery leaves.
Turn left at the road. Telopea ‘Corroboree' [Section 15J] is about to flower. Beautiful crimson pink buds, a tall shrub radiating long leaves along the branches. Pimelea ciliolaris [Section 15J] is a low plant with white, yellow centred flowers. Buds are predominantly deep crimson, small fern-like leaves. Cryptandra lanosiflora [Section 15H] looks an insignificant small bush but upon closer inspection it is a mass of tiny bells of off white flowers and micro leaves. Dampiera rosmarinifolia [Section 15h], a herb-like plant, has purple flowers along the stem.
Enjoy the spring weather.