Tuesday, December 7, 2010


There's a misconception that natives don't like water. It's wet feet from poor drainage that they don't like. Drought tolerant? - yes. They can wait, sometime years, waiting and just staying alive conserving what water they get.

But when the rains come, off they go, off they grow.

These photos (taken on the same day) are from several different but closely related Banksia species.

The Banksia serrata (Old Man Banksia) grows freely around here and is a soil moisture marker, the first to brown off and die in a prolonged dry. But now they are bursting with luxurious new soft lush tender growth, later to harden into the tough serrated adult leaves.

There's more rain yet. The ants know.

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