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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.

22 March 2002

There are many interesting flowers further afield this week so this walk takes us above the Nursery and into the arid area. It starts in front of the Nursery and follows the road edged with low growing border flowers, mostly daisies, including Bracteantha bracteata [Section 34] with large gold papery inflorescences surrounded by soft grey foliage and Bracteantha viscosa [Section 34] with smaller gold inflorescences amid green foliage. Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 34] displays the last of its small clusters of orange inflorescences amid grey foliage and Grevillia lanigera [Section 34] shows off its red and cream flowers. Brachyscome multifida ‘Break O’Day’ [Section 34] is cushioned with soft green foliage and small mauve inflorescences.

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Brachyscome multifida 'Break O'Day'
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On the opposite side of the road Melaleuca radula [Section 100] is upright and open displaying its mauve cylindrical flowers. At the top of this section Eremophila gibbifolia [Section 100] is a small shrub bearing small purple flowers. Following the board-walk, Eremophila bignoniiflora x polyclada [Section 100] is of medium size bearing large white, with a touch of mauve, flowers with dark spotted throat. Close by, a patch of dwarf plants, Lechenaultia biloba [Section 100] bears powder blue flowers. Hypocalymma strictum subsp. longifolium [Section 100] is another dwarf shrub, pink with clusters of small flowers. Grevillea flexuosa [Section 100] is a taller shrub with sharp, divided leaves and the first of its terminal cylindrical cream perfumed flowers.

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Banksia ornata
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On the inner curve, Banksia epica [Section 100] is an upright dense shrub laden with cream flower spikes with grey styles. Platytheca galioides [Section 100] is a small plant containing violet coloured open flowers, seen at the base of the above banksia. Banksia ornata [Section 100] is a low, sprawling shrub displaying many greyish-yellow flower spikes. At the corner, Lambertia sp. [Section 100] has eye-catching orange-red tubular flowers of its own arrangement on an upright open shrub.


Opposite, the large shrub Banksia ericifolia var. ericifolia [Section 103] is radiant with rich gold flower spikes. Along this path of many correas, Correa pulchella [Section 82] is a dwarf spreading shrub bright with pink tubular flowers while Correa alba var. pannosa [Section 82] is a low spreading shrub with a pale pink star flower and unlike other correas, does not have tubular flowers.

At the path junction, Crowea exalata ‘Pink Blush’ [Section 87] has bright pink star flowers over a medium size shrub and at its base, Crowea ‘Austraflora Green Cape’ [Section 87] is a dwarf plant dense with fine pink flowers.

Returning, on the above road, Hibbertia rupicola [Section 97] grows prostrate over the rock wall with dark green foliage brightened with the yellow flowers. Hibbertia pedunculata [Section 97] is another prostrate plant also bright with yellow flowers.

Interesting walk, many birds...

Barbara Daly.

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