In Flower This Week
A weekly news-sheet prepared by a Gardens volunteer.
Numbers in brackets [ ] refer to garden bed 'Sections'. Plants in flower are in bold type.
5 April 2002
Canberra's glorious autumn days enhance a walk in these magnificent gardens! In this first section Artanema fimbriatum [Section 210] is a small herb bearing bugle-shaped purple- and white-streaked flowers edging the footpath. Above is Eremophila glabra 'Murchison Magic' [Section 210] of medium size, with grey foliage and salmon trumpet-shaped flowers and close by the taller shrub, Alyogyne 'West Coast Gem' [Section 210] displaying its large purple, hibiscus flowers. A much larger shrub, Banksia spinulosa var. spinulosa [Section 210] has many flower spikes maturing to shades of gold. At its base, and elsewhere, the gold straw flowers are Bracteantha bracteata [Section 210]. In the centre of this angular garden, a Lilly-pilly, Syzygium australe [Sectiion 210] is a neat small tree with dark glossy leaves and an ample supply of cherry red fruits, edible but better for jam making.
|Continuing on the other side of the Rainforest Gully, Melaleuca fulgens 'Hot Pink' [Section 126] is an open shrub with absolutely dazzling, well named bottlebrush-like flowers. Below the large lateral branches of Eucalyptus mannifera [Section 10], Callistemon subulatus [Section 10] is a low spreading shrub bearing red bottlebrush flowers and behind, Melaleuca sp. [Section 10] of medium height is crowned with small cream fluffy flower balls. The low shrub, Thryptomene saxicola 'Pink Lace' [Section 10] has arching branches laced with tiny pink flowers, while, across the road, Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon' [Section 124] has many pendent sprays of cream and pink flowers with long curved red stamens.|
|Along this path are large shrubs of Callistemon citrinus [Section 9,10] brilliant with red bottlebrushes, bees and honeyeaters. Telopea mongaensis [Section 30] displays few of its out-of-season red flowers. Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles' [Section 30] is a dwarf, spreading shrub with many illuminating golden flower spikes. Close by, Grevillea alpina 'Goldfields Form' [Section 30] is quite a dense shrub dotted with cream flowers. Lambertia inermis [Section 27] is a tall shrub with attractively arranged glowing orange-red flowers. Around the lower corner Lomatia silaifolia [Section 28] reaches across the path with deep divided foliage and terminal sprays of white starry flowers. Along the lower road, Banksia robur [Section 28] has large leathery green leaves, one shrub with purple leaves with red veins, both with ageing chocolate coloured flower spikes and few fresh olive green flower spikes.|
|Grevillea lanigera [Section 27] is a dense prostrate plant,
well covered with soft pink flowers. The many banksias here include Banksia
integrifolia subsp. monticola [Section 28] displaying soft
lemon flower spikes over a tall shrub, Banksia aemula [Section
27] with lime coloured flower spikes and Banksia paludosa
[Section 28] with bronze coloured flower spikes. Space only to include the
corner of bright pink star flowers of Crowea saligna [Section
191H] and Grevillea rhylotica var. rhylotica [Section
191H] with deep red pendent flowers ...
Glorious day, gorgeous flowers ...
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