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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.


4 October 2002

The walk is along the Main Path and commences just beyond the Café. A wax flower cultivar, Chamelaucium uncinatum ‘Purple Pride’ [Section 12], is a medium sized shrub with very showy, purple coloured flowers with five petals and a waxy texture. On the other side of the path, Leptospermum myrsinoides [Section 11] is a tea tree with very pretty pink flowers. Compare Eremophila glabra [Section 302], a small shrub with grey green foliage and quite long tubular orange flowers, with Eremophila drummondii [Section 302], which has shorter tubular blue flowers.

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Isopogon dubius - click for larger image

Leucophyta brownii [Section 303] is an upright grey foliage plant which provides a good colour contrast for the other plants nearby. Craspedia variabilis  [Section 303] is a very small plant with its one lone, bright yellow round flower head held high. Grevillea acanthifolia [Section 303] is another grey foliage plant with lots of pink-mauve toothbrush flowers and more buds yet to open. Hardenbergia violacea ‘Mini Haha’ [Section 30] is a rather compact yet scrambling pea plant with deep mauve flowers. Grevillea alpina (Goldfields form) [Section 30] has orange flowers are in clusters contrasting well with the dull green foliage. Grevillea australis ‘Cara Lynn’ [Section 25] has dark green leaves which show off its dainty cream flowers. Adenanthos detmoldii [Section 303], a small, upright, multi-branched plant, has yellow flowers with an orange center in amongst its leaves. Isopogon dubius [Section 25] is another prickly upright plant with its mauve pom-pom flowers held at the end of its stems. Grevillea flexuosa [Section 26], a large, cheerful looking plant, has bright elongated and pendulous yellow flowers and its leaves have five spiky segments.

A group of upright, open shrubs of Boronia pinnata [Section 191h], shows small-petalled mauve flowers contrasting with the profusion of yellow-flowering plants scattered in the background. A group planting of Allocasuarina nana [Section 191h] has the ends of their branches covered with the bronze-red shine of their tiny male flowers. Boronia deanei [Section 191e] displays tiny pink flowers and numerous, equally tiny, dark pink buds.

It is a pleasant walk across the Eucalypt Lawn with its variety of gums. A group planting of Eutaxia obovata [Section 19] has tiny orange and red pea flowers up the stems and, just behind them, Hovea acutifolia [Section 19], another pea, has almost purple flowers. Wattles, large and small, dominate this section of the path and most are in flower. A group of Hakea purpurea [Section 20], a medium sized, upright plant, have open branches and bright red-maroon flowers up the stems.

Past the Rock Garden, on the left, is Zieria prostrata [Section 110] covering a large area with its tiny pink flowers scattered over a prostrate plant. Walk back through the Rain Forest where one can look down into the top of the tree ferns.

Enjoy your walk,                                            Naomi Bell


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Updated Thursday, 3 October, 2002 by Jan Wilson(