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.
17 February 2012
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Being in the Botanic Gardens is always a pleasant experience where there are a variety of flowers to enjoy. This walk follows the road on the far side of the Rainforest Gully, viewing first, in front of the Visitors Information Centre, in a pot Rhododendron viriosum which is a low growing shrub with orange-red trumpet shaped flowers. Opposite, in a pot is Scaevola calliptera, a trailing plant bright with deep purple fan shaped flowers. Banksia walk has a variety of flowers.
- Opposite the cafe a Conjevoi lily, Alocasia brisbanensis [Section 125] with large spade shaped leaves surrounding a yellow floral spike on a long stem which appears to be almost enclosed in a pale green shield.
- Edging the road are Swamp Lillies, Crinum pedunculatum [Section 125] large bulbous plants with long narrow fleshy leaves and long stems terminating with sprays of open white flowers.
- At the next corner the ground cover is Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’ [Section 124] a dense plant with red toothbrush flowers. In the centre is Grevillea bipinnatifida ‘Jingle Bells’ [Section 124] with terminal red flower sprays amid the foliage.
- The tall shrub behind is Callistemon ‘Howie’s Fire Glow’ [Section 124] bright with the red bottlebrush flowers.
- Grevillea ‘Goldfever’ [Section 124] has apricot coloured spider-like flowers among the dense foliage.
- Edging the rainforest gully, Native Rosella, Hibiscus heterophyllus [Section 114,104] displays the pink-streaked white flowers over the open shrubs
- While Hibiscus divaricatus [Section 114] has large yellow flowers.
- Beside the seat Psychotria sp. [Section 104] Is a medium size shrub clad with small white fluffy flowers while on the other side
- Callistemon montanus [Section 104] with short red bottlebrushes and red tipped new terminal leaves, leans towards the road.
- Leptospermum amboinense [Section 104] a teatree with an abundance of small open flowers over the last shrub.
- Close by is Hibiscus splendens [Section 104] displaying its lovely deep pink flowers among the dull foliage.
- The opposite triangle garden contains many colourful kangaroo paws now passing their best. However Anigozanthos ‘Bush Ranger’ [Section 17] has bright ‘paw shaped’ flowers and Anigozanthos ‘Bush Ruby’ [Section 17] has burgundy coloured flowers, also on upright stems surrounded by strappy leaves. Edging this section are small plants, Brachyscome multifida ‘Breakoday’ [Section 17] clad with small mauve daisy-like flowers.
- Seen on the other edge of the garden, Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 17] has small yellow-orange clusters on upright stems among the grey foliage.
- Opposite, Crowea ‘Festival’ [Section 123] has bright pink star shaped flowers over the yet small shrubs.
- Walking uphill, passing below branches of a wattle, Acacia melanoxylon [Section 140] a large tree clad with cream perfumed flowers to view.
- Banksia speciosa [Section 36] next to the stairs, a large spreading shrub with narrow serrated leaves and with few cream-green flower spikes, some resembling acorns.
- Edging this side path is Banksia media [Section 36] an ageing shrub of medium size clad with many compact mustard coloured flower spikes.
- Towards the covered shelter is an out-of-season waratah, Telopea mongaensis [Section 36] a shrub of medium size with numerous smaller than normal open flowers.
To return, take any zigzag path to the Rock Garden and so downhill to the cafe.