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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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12 July 2013

Hakea recurva

Hakea recurva
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On this sunny midwinter day this pleasant walk will pass by many flowers.

  1. To start, at the base of the stairs leading to the Visitor Information Centre the slope is dotted with Thryptomene saxicola [Section 172], so attractive with its tiny pink flowers.
  2. Edging Banks Walk Mondurup Bell, Darwinia macrostegia [Section 174], has slim red buds now opening to downturned red-cream bell-shaped flowers on long low branches.
  3. Prostanthera phylicifolia [Section 210], seen falling down the rock face, is clad with small mauve flowers.
  4. At the end of this garden Grevillea ‘LadyO’ [Section 174] continues to display its lovely red flowers on open branches.
  5. Behind the notice board Olearia argophylla [Section 305] has long branches with soft leaves and small creamy daisy flowers.
  6. Take the road beside the Rainforest Gully where Grevillea rosmarinifolia ‘Rosy Posy’ [Section 128] dangles its grape-like red flower clusters.
  7. At this corner, Grevillea bipinnatifida ‘Jingle Bells’ [Section124] appears as a standard plant topped with dense foliage and lovely terminal red flower clusters.
  8. Further along, Grevillea ‘Goldfever’ [Section 124] is a low spreading shrub with many apricot-coloured flowers.
  9. Opposite the Brittle Gum lawn, Acronychia littoralis [Sections 114, 104] is a shrub of medium size, dense with large shiny leaves and clusters of small yellow flowers.
  10. In the triangular garden Epacris calvertiana var. calvertiana [Section 17] is a dense rounded shrub with many small tubular cream flowers.
  11. Beside is a Geraldton Wax, Chamelaucium ‘Cascade Brook’ [Section 17], a large spreading plant laden with buds and its attractive waxy pink-petalled flowers.
  12. At the corner of the Rainforest Gully a Lilly Pilly, Acmena smithii [Section 140], is a dense tall shrub clad in profusion of bright pink fruits which followed the small white fluffy flowers.
  13. In the other corner small Waxflower shrubs, Crowea ‘Festival’ [Section 123], bear pink star-shaped flowers.
  14. Follow this road towards the Rock Garden, where Grevillea lanigera [Section 15h] is a dense ground cover clad with pink flowers.
  15. Close by is a group of Grevillea iaspicula [Section 15h], originally from nearby Wee Jasper and bearing red-cream flower clusters.
  16. Continue along this road to the next corner where a group of hakeas can be seen. They include Hakea obtusa [Section 20], a large rounded shrub with ball-like flower clusters attached to the branches behind the foliage.
  17. In the same area is Hakea recurva [Section 20], a tall shrub with many branches clad with long sharp needle leaves and terminal lemon flower clusters.
  18. Return along the lower path where a Grevillea sp. [Section 14] flows down the slope next to the seat, bright with short toothbrush‑like red flowers.
  19. Take the attractive narrow path behind the Sundial edged with a Thryptomene sp. [Section 15r] that has low arching branches clad with tiny pink flowers.
  20. Here too is Baeckea crassifolia [Section 15r], a dwarf dense shrub vivid with deeper pink flowers.
  21. Acacia urophylla [Section 15r] is somewhat taller with short curved leaves and pale yellow flower balls.
  22. In front of the waterfall Guichenotia ledifolia [Section 4] is a rounded shrub clad with downturned cup‑shaped mauve flowers.

Flowers continue along this downward road leading back to the Café.

Barbara Daly