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.
28 June 2013
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This wet wintery morning the stroll is in the Rock Garden. Just now the only other inhabitants are a very wet kangaroo and a few hungry Eastern Spinebills. To arrive at the Rock Garden, take the road on the far side of the Rainforest and turn right at the intersection with the Main Path.
- At the base of the stairs, Grevillea lanigera [Sections 15c,15h] is a dense semi-prostrate spreading plant well covered with its pink- cream flower clusters.
- Ascending the stairs and opposite, Correa ‘Ivory Bells’ [Section 15d] is a dense rounded shrub clad with many tubular cream flowers.
- Crowded beside it is Banksia spinulosa ‘Honeypots’ [Section 15d], an upright shrub bearing many honey-coloured cylindrical upright flower spikes.
- The large spreading shrub displaying its many open white flowers is Grevillea monticola [Section 15d].
- Hypocalymma xanthopetalum [Section 15f] is a low spreading shrub with tiny yellow frilly flowers edging its branches.
- Around the corner Hibbertia serpyllifolia [Section 15f] is a small upright shrub with open yellow flowers.
- Nearby Micromyrtus hexamera [Section 15g] has long arching branches clad with tiny white flowers.
- Behind is Grevillea ‘Little Jessie’ [Section 15g], a shrub of medium size that has cream flowers with bright red styles.
- At the base of the stairs, Westringia glabra [Section 15a] is a long spreading shrub dotted with small mauve flowers.
- Beside the ascending stairs Grevillea ‘Mason’s Hybrid’ [Section 15h] is a grand old spreading shrub beautified with large terminal red flower spikes.
- Edging the upper road, Scaevola albida var. albida [Section 15h] has small mauve fan- shaped flowers.
- Follow the small downward path between the grass-trees (Xanthorrhoea johnsonii [Sections 15, 14]) to where Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia [Section 15l] is a dense hedge with large green-yellow flower spikes rising above the foliage.
- At the corner Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ [Section 15l] is a dwarf dense shrub bright with golden flower spikes.
- On the opposite corner Grevillea maxwellii [Section 15p] is a semi-prostrate plant dense with divided leaves and dark red flower clusters mostly seen below the foliage.
- At the centre of this garden is Hakea obtusa [Section 15p], a large spreading shrub with many long branches terminating with a mix of leaves and colourful pink-cream globular flowers attached to the stems.
- Edging the opposite path in a pot, Verticordia pennigera [Section 15r] continues to bear tiny pink frilly flowers.
- Close by the vivid purple hibiscus-like flowers of Alyogyne huegelii ‘Westcoast Gem’ [Section 15r] are prominent on its long branches.
- Returning to the top of this path and worth viewing near the seat past the sun dial, is a Grevillea sp. [Section 14] creeping between the rocks. It has dense fine leaves and small toothbrush-like flowers coloured red and yellow.
- Follow the narrow path from the sundial downwards. It winds between numerous specimens of a Thryptomene sp. [Section 15r] with long arching branches clad with pale pink flowers and also passes Baeckea crassifolia [Section 15r], a small dense shrub vivid with deeper pink tiny flowers.
- In front of the waterfall and pools, Guichenotia ledifolia [Section 4] is a dense rounded shrub clad with downturned cup‑shaped mauve flowers.
A great walk!