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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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13 December 2013

Melaleuca linariifolia 'Seafoam'

Melaleuca linariifolia 'Seafoam'
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We will walk along the Main Path today noting the wide variety of plants in flower. We start at the Visitor Information Centre.

  1. Look up to your left at the magnificent display of Pandorea jasminoides [Section 212] covering the wall in pink flowers.
  2. Now look behind to your right to see (and smell) Jasminum simplicifolium subsp. suavissimum [Section 221] or Forest Jasmine with its five starry white petals and its lovely scent.
  3. Amongst an interesting collection of pots on your right is Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Bush Volcano’ [Section 174] with long lasting rusty-red paw flowers.
  4. Cross over the bridge and look down across the lawn to your right to see Melaleuca linariifolia ‘Seafoam’ [Section 243] in full bloom with white, soft, fluffy flowers attracting a wide variety of insects.
  5. Leptospermum polygalifolium subsp. montanum [Section 9] on your right is a small tree covered in white five petalled flowers with green centres.
  6. To the left is a group of Anigozanthos flavidus [Section 8] in varying colours of green and red.
  7. Notice the reddish brown cones of the ground-hugging Banksia blechnifolia [Section 25] with new darker cones emerging under the fishbone foliage.
  8. On the right after crossing the road is the reliably long-flowering Grevillea ‘LadyO’ [Section 26] with red clusters of flowers on a neat bush.
  9. On your right is an airy bush of Grevillea sericea [Section 26] or Pink Spider Flower with its clusters of pink flowers.
  10. Look down to your right to see Kennedia macrophylla [Section 112] a vigorous green vine with trifoliate leaves and burnt orange pea flowers.
  11. At the entrance to the Sydney Region Flora the iconic Flannel Flower, Actinotus helianthi, [Section 191s], is in full bloom with white star flowers with yellow grey centres and silver-grey divided foliage.
  12. On your right in a small tree from the south coast of NSW, Pomaderris cinerea [Section 191s] covered in dull yellow fluffy flowers.
  13. On your left are Christmas Bells, Blandfordia grandiflora [Section 191h] with their characteristic yellow and red bells on slender stems.
  14. Below to your left is Patersonia sericea [ Section 191g] with three petalled violet flowers on short stems.
  15. Hibbertia pedunculata [Section 191j] has masses of cheerful yellow flowers on a low bush.
  16. Melaleuca thymifolia [Section 191g] is a small bush with fringed purple flowers.
  17. A tall bush on your right is Olearia quercifolia [Section 191l] or Oak-leaf Daisy Bush with clusters of white flowers on long stalks.
  18. On your left is a large sprawling bush of Grevillea aspleniifolia [Section 191g] which has long linear foliage and red toothbrush flowers.
  19. Hibbertia scandens [Section 15c] or Snake Vine is a popular and vigorous climber with large yellow flowers.
  20. Cuttsia viburnea [Section 146] is a small tropical tree with large elliptical leaves and heads of white fragrant flowers. This plant can be a useful indoor plant when young.
 Rosalind Walcott