In Flower This WeekA weekly news-sheet prepared by a Gardens volunteer
Numbers in brackets [ ] refer to garden bed 'Sections'.
13 November 1998
In the Visitor Centre, enjoy David Miller's remarkable exhibition, `What's for Lunch?', then follow this walk to various areas with colourful flowers. Throughout the Gardens the variety of flowering plants is impressive. On the ramp towards the Rainforest Gully, Leptospermum `Bywong Merinda' [Section 210] is radiant with bright pink flowers adorning a small rounded shrub. Opposite, Leptospermum scoparium `Horizontalis' [Section 212] has branches well covered with dense green foliage and clusters of white flowers.
Enter the cool Rainforest Gully area on the boardwalk. Zieria arborescens [Section 148] is speckled with tiny white flowers and in the gully, the pink toothbrush-like flowers of Grevillea barklyana subsp. barklyana [Section 148] mingle with a variety of green shrubs. On the left side, growing on the trunk of Prostanthera lasianthos [Section 148], is an epiphytic orchid with small white flowers. It is Sarcochilus falcatus [Section 148], seen again on the trunk of a Plumwood, Eucryphia moorei [Section 148], also on the left side. The graceful floral plumes of the small tree Pomaderris aspera [Section 148] are seen beside the boardwalk, which is so pleasant to stroll along with the enormous fronds of treeferns, Dicksonia antartica [Sections 144, 147], to overlook. Leaving this area you will see another orchid with soft pink flowers, Dendrobium kingianum [Section 104], growing on a rocky outcrop.
Walking uphill you will find a garden of spreading buttercups, Ranunculus collinus [Section 78], so dense, so many shiny, yellow flowers ... really a great groundcover! Behind, Kunzea ambigua [Section 78] is an old, rambling shrub majestically displaying white, feathery flowers crowded at the ends of its branches. Nearby see the Gymea Lily, Doryanthes excelsa [Section 78], with large sword-like leaves surrounding a huge flower spike on top of which is a large cluster of red flowers.
Boronia molloyae [Section 123] is quite a picture, with sprays of dense pink cup-shaped flowers covering the small shrub. Further uphill, passing the sweet-smelling Olearia megalophylla [Section 123] with white daisy flowers, see Callistemon formosus [Section 123] with lime-coloured bottlebrush flower spikes. Find, also, Kennedia macrophylla [Section 122], a ground covering climber bearing many burnt orange pea flowers.
Above the covered shelter are waratahs, still in flower. Telopea `Braidwood Brilliant' [Section 37] is a large shrub bearing many splendid red flower spikes. Telopea mongaensis [Section 37], at the top of the stairs, is picturesque with its more open red flowers. Notice, too, Banksia lemanniana [Section 37] which bears many juvenile tan-coloured flower spikes which, on maturing, will change to a lime colour. Note, too, that its flowers are pendent whilst most banksia flower spikes are upright.
So many colourful areas to see ...
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