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In Flower This Week

A weekly news sheet prepared by a Gardens' volunteer.
Numbers before each plant refer to temporary IFTW labels in the gardens.
Numbers in square brackets
[ ] refer to garden bed Sections. Plants in flower are in bold type.

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15 March 2013

Corymbia 'Summer Red'

Corymbia 'Summer Red'
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This walk follows a path with maybe not so many flowers but it is quite pleasant.

  1. Plants in pots outside the Visitor Information Centre include Rhododendron viriosum, attractive with its orange-red bell-shaped flowers, and the Sturt’s Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, with its bright red dark-centred pea-shaped flowers.
  2. Along Banks Walk a small tree, Corymbia ‘Summer Red’ [Section 174] bears clusters of bright red flowers.
  3. At the next corner, Crowea ‘Festival’ [Section 174] is a small open shrub bearing pink star-shaped flowers.
  4. Take the road on the far side of the Rainforest Gully to view Grevillea bipinnatifida ‘Jingle Bells’ [Section 124], grown as a standard with red pendulous flower spikes among the crinkly leaves.
  5. Around the corner GrevilleaGoldfever’ [Section 124] is a small spreading shrub scattered with apricot-coloured flowers.
  6. Close to the corner Scaevola albida [Section 124] is a dense groundcover profuse with tiny fan-shaped pale blue flowers.
  7. Take the road to the left to view a group of Correa ‘Canberra Bells’ [Section 119], the flower selected to commemorate Canberra’s centenary (as illustrated above).
  8. Follow the nearby path opposite to view Callistemon citrinus [Section 9], a group of large shrubs profuse with crimson bottlebrushes.
  9. The next left path passes close to Callistemon citrinus ‘Firebrand’ [Section 9], a low spreading shrub with loose bottlebrushes.
  10. The next path passes Chittick, Lambertia inermis [Section 27], a large shrub with few orange tube flowers radiating from a common centre.
  11. At the corner of the Main Path to the right, Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia [Section 30] is a prostrate plant bearing lemon upright cylindrical flower spikes.
  12. Numerous banksias are now bearing immature flower spikes. This group of Banksia conferta [Section 25] is tall and slim with yellow-cream flower spikes.
  13. Opposite, Banksia spinulosa [Section 27] is a small dense shrub with prominent dull gold upright immature flower spikes.
  14. At the next corner is Grevillea ‘Lady O’ [Sections 26, 24], with bright red flower clusters on this low spreading shrub.
  15. Returning along this path to the left, Banksia robur [Section 25] is a large spreading shrub with large leathery leaves. The bottle-green flower spikes fade through light green to a lemon colour with age before finally turning charcoal grey-brown.
  16. Deua Flame, Grevillea rhyolitica subsp. rhyolitica [Section 25], is also a large shrub bearing red spider-like flowers.
  17. Grevillea diminuta [Section 25] is another large shrub with strands of rust-coloured flowers dangling from the branches.
  18. Almost opposite, Banksia aemula [Section 24] is a large dense shrub with many lemon flower spikes.
  19. Edging the road, Thomasia petalocalyx [Section 25] is low and dense, sprinkled with small pink downturned flowers.
  20. Past the zebra crossing, Westringia glabra [Section 6] is a medium open shrub bearing small mauve flowers.
  21. Correa alba [Sections 7, 107] has a covering of white star flowers over the dense shrub.
  22. Cross the road to the entrance of the Brittlegum Lawn to view Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ [Section109] edging the lawn. It has large terminal loose red flower heads.

The Rainforest could be a cool relaxing route back to the Visitor Centre.         

Barbara Daly