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In Flower This Week

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Numbers in brackets [ ] refer to garden bed 'Sections'.

18 February 2000

The red of the Lechenaultia formosa in the pot outside the Visitor Centre is really brilliant. Other small plants along Banks Walk include Hemigenia sp. [Section 174] with prominently lipped, tubular mauve flowers and Scaevola 'Pink Perfection' [Section 174] which presents its soft pink fan flowers along trailing stems. The latter grows amid the silver-grey Leucophyta brownii 'Cape le Grande' [Section 174].

Edging the road on the far side of the Rainforest Gully the Native Raspberry, Rubus hillii [Section 114,104], is bearing small red fruits. Hibiscus heterophyllus [Section 104] is tall with narrow leaves and large white flowers smudged with red. Hibiscus splendens [Section 104] has larger, hairy leaves and cherry pink flowers while nearby, Hibiscus divaricatus [Section 104] has bold yellow flowers. Opposite, Lythrum salicaria [Section 78] is capped with small pink flowers. This plant usually likes to grow in moist areas but grows quite well here.

In the triangular bed Dampiera stricta [section 17], with bright blue flowers on upright stems, and Chrysocephalum apiculatum [Section 17], covered with button-sized clusters of brilliant orange flowers on grey foliage, blend well together. Looking over the Rock Garden, the straw daisies, Bracteantha bracteata [Section 15], are brilliantly yellow. The recent gusty winds and the very hot days have played havoc with plants in the Gardens. However Thomasia petalocalyx [Section 15H], with dusky pink downturned flowers surrounded by the stark white fan flowers of Scaevola albida var. albida, still looks handsome. Dampiera sylvestris [Section 15H], looks great too, with its brilliant blue flowers densely packed on upright stems.

Another area worth a visit is along the road towards the Sydney Region Flora. Worth viewing are the colourful Christmas Bells, Blandfordia grandiflora [Section 191], on the far side of the Gully. Set in amid sandstone rocks, these tufted plants with upright flower spikes on top of which are numerous bell-like flowers coloured orange-red and tipped with yellow are really lovely. Back, along the road, Scaevola ramosissima var. ramosissima [Section 191] are rounded cushion plants studded with its white-centred mauve fan flowers. At the corner, Grevillea victoriae [Section 191] is a small, open shrub decorated with pendent red flowers and, nearby, Crowea saligna [Section 191] is of similar size, bearing soft pink, starry flowers. The opposite corner contains Melaleuca thymifolia [Section 19] clad with its mauve, feathery flowers.

Returning and close to the road, Banksia robur [Section 27] is multi-trunked with large leathery leaves, its cylindrical flower spikes a striking bottle green, which fades to cream. click to enlargeOpposite, Banksia aemula [Section 24] is most floriferous with its many cylindrical silky greenish-yellow flower spikes. Grevillea rhyolitica subsp. rhyolitica [Section 24], nearby, is a small shrub adorned with pendant red flowers.

Hot days, windy days, flowers persist …

Barbara Daly.


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