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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'.

30 October 1998

After enjoying the floral colour on either side of Banks Walk and in front of the Cafe building, take time to enjoy the walk following the Main Path, taking a copy of the pamphlet `A Walk along the Main Path' with you.

Before passing through the area of Grasses and Lillies, see Melaleuca wilsonii [Section 10] a small shrub bearing large clusters of bright crimson flowers. The collection of waratahs include Telopea `Doug's Hybrid' [Section 30] and Telopea mongaensis [Section 30] both decked with differing, spectacular red flowers. Opposite is Leptospermum novae-angliae [Section 30] with arching branches heavy with dark-centred white flowers. Boronia muelleri [Section 30] is a rounded shrub clad with lovely soft, pink flowers.

The path winds through an area with many flowering grevilleas, including Grevillea willisii subsp. pachylostyla [Section 27] with an attractive combination of pink and cream pendent flowers. Beside the seat, Grevillea johnsonii x wilsonii [Section 24] bears fiery red flowers on a small shrub ... see their intricate floral architecture. Kennedia macrophylla [Section 112] is a mound of twining stems covered with large, bright green leaves and many brick red pea-flowers.

The path then winds through a newly planted area of the Sydney Region Flora where you can see Tetratheca thymifolia [Section 191], a small shrub covered with brilliant pink downturned flowers with dark centres. A white-flowered form can be seen ahead. Cassinia denticulata [Section 191] bears heads of dense, cream buds on long, upright stems. Near the seat, the red spider-flowers of Grevillea speciosa subsp. speciosa [Section 191] mingle with the purple flowers of Dampiera purpurea [Section 191]. Sowerbaea juncea [Section 191] is a small, tufted plant bearing its clusters of purple flowers terminally on upright stems. The rich pink flowers of Boronia serrulata [Section 191], Sydney Rock Rose, are eye-catching and the large white Flannel Flowers of Actinotus helianthi [Section 191] are always a joy to see.

At the far end of the Eucalypt Lawn, Acacia caroleae [Section 19] displays its many rods of yellow flowers and in the area of the Rock Gardens Myoporum floribundum [Section 15R] covers its lateral branches with tiny white flowers. Chorizema cordatum [Section 4] bears bright red and orange pea-flowers and the clusters of large crimson flowers on elongated stems in the distance are Gymea Lillies, Doryanthes excelsa [Section 15C].

Near the entrance to the Rainforest Gully see the Rock Orchid, Dendrobium kingianum [Section 104] bearing pink and white flowers. Near the end of the boardwalk attached to a tree trunk Sarcochilus falcatus [Section 148], a tree orchid with white flowers, is startling.

So much to enjoy ... Barbara Daly.

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