The stunning Gymea Lily to be found at the Dimboola Train Park in full bloom this week.
The stunning Gymea Lily to be found at the Dimboola Train Park in full bloom this week.

This time of year many flowers come into bloom and with this excitement, avid gardeners discover new and interesting things around the gardens.

Dimboola has many garden plots around town which add to the appearance and amenity of the town. The majority of these gardens are accredited to our Tidy Town ambassador Jan Ballard, where she has maintained many of the gardens with cuttings she had collected and planted.

There has been great curiosity with two flowers that have bloomed at the Dimboola Train Park in particular.  

Spearing up out of the ground and now about two meters in height, this single ‘spiked plant’ had produced  a single flower about the size of a large punch bowl.

The plant is known by several names Giant Lily, Flame Lily, Spear Lily, Illawarra Lily or Gymea Lily and is native to the central coast of New South Wales, hence some of the names that reflect its size and location.

The scientific name for the plant is doryanthes excelsa.  Doryanthes is a composite of two Greek words, “doratos”, meaning spear, and “anthos” meaning flower and “excelsa” is derived from the Latin, “excelsus”, meaning high or lofty.

After the Banner received several  reports of its existence, it was finally revealed that  Mrs Ballard had planted the monster and was excited to see it in full bloom.

“It is just beautiful and a great talking piece among the locals and visitors,” said Mrs Ballard.

 

This leaves one wondering what Mrs Ballard has in all her gardens around town to surprise our visitors.