Category: Brian Roach

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Over the past few months the focus has been on native plants that are particularly adapted to drought or hot, dry conditions. Various Grevilleas and then Eremophilas were recommended in this regard, followed by our wonderful grey-foliaged native plants. But have you ever wondered why our local bushland did not significantly suffer during the extreme conditions we experienced in Sydney over the final three months of last year? Native bushland We had virtually no rain and some very hot days during that period and yet the trees and shrubs in the bush didn’t seem to care. All the while,...

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Amazing Greys

Over the last two months the focus has been on native plants that are particularly adapted to drought or hot, dry conditions. Various Grevilleas and then Eremophilas have been recommended in this regard. But there is another group that copes with these conditions – not a genus but a colour. By and large, grey-foliaged plants have a wonderful capacity to reflect the sun’s heat and to really bask in it! Chrysocephalum apiculatum grey formHomoranthus prolixusMaireana oppositifolia Some years ago, my wife Carol and I drove over to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia via Western NSW. Much of the...

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