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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.

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10 May 2013

Verticordia pennigera

Verticordia pennigera
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This walk is to view the flowering plants in the Rock Garden, which are many and varied so only a few can be mentioned. To arrive there follow the road on the far side of the Rainforest, turning right at the intersection with the Main Path which will reach the Rock Garden.

  1. Banksia aemula [Section 15c] is a large shrub still bearing its lemon-green cylindrical upright flower spikes seen among the spent dark spikes.
  2. At the base of the stairs, Grevillea lanigera [Sections 15c, 15h] is a dense semi-prostrate spreading plant clad in profusion with its pink-cream flowers.
  3. The Coast Banksia, Banksia integrifolia subsp. integrifolia [Section 15c], edges the stairs with green-yellow flower spikes rising above the silver-backed dull green foliage.
  4. Opposite, Correa ‘Ivory Bells’ [Section 15d] is a dense rounded shrub with a profusion of tubular cream flowers.
  5. Beside this is Banksia ‘Honeypots’ [Section 15d], a small upright plant with honey‑coloured flower spikes.
  6. Close by and so very small is Dampiera salahae [Section 15d], displaying its lovely white-centred blue flowers.
  7. The large shrub behind is Grevillea monticola [Section 15d], displaying its open white flowers.
  8. Hypocalymma xanthopetalum [Section 15f] has tiny yellow frilly flowers edging its branches, seen between the rocks.
  9. Around the corner, Hibbertia serpyllifolia [Section 15f] is bright with its open yellow flowers over the small shrub.
  10. Grevillea 'Little Jessie' [Section 15g] is a rounded shrub laden with many buds and cream flower clusters with red stamens mostly seen at its base.
  11. In front is Micromyrtus hexamera [Section 15g]. Its long upright branches are clad in small white-petalled flowers, with some changing to a pink colour.
  12. At the base of the stairs is a mint bush, Prostanthera staurophylla [Section 15a], a dense spreading shrub sprinkled with mauve bugle-like flowers.
  13. Edging the stairs is Grevillea 'Mason's Hybrid' [Section 15h], a large shrub. The terminal cream flower clusters with long curved red stamens can be seen at the end of the long branches.
  14. Edging the upper road is Scaevola albida var. albida [Section 15h], small dense plants clad with small mauve fan-shaped flowers.
  15. Thomasia petalocalyx [Section 15h] also edges the road. It too is dense, but a larger shrub with pale pink downturned flowers.
  16. Take the downward path between the grass trees, Xanthorrhoea johnsonii [Sections 15, 14], to see Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles' [Section 15l], a dwarf spreading shrub with bright golden flower spikes.
  17. Behind is Dampiera linearis [Section 15l], a suckering dense plant with vivid blue flowers.
  18. Grevillea maxwellii [Section 15p] is a semi­prostrate plant dense with divided leaves and with dark red grape-like flower clusters mostly seen below the plant.
  19. Following the downward path, Verticordia pennigera [Section 15r] looks grand in a pot with its coverage of tiny frilly pink flowers.
  20. Labichea lanceolata var. lanceolata [Section 15r] is a medium rounded shrub with prominent yellow flowers.
  21. Close by, Alyogyne huegelii [Section 15r] is an open shrub with long branches prominent with its large hibiscus-like purple flowers.

Time to sit awhile in front of the waterfall and ponds, enjoying the beauty and the small wrens springing about this area.

Barbara Daly