We got down and dirty today. All in the name of National Tree Day which was celebrated across Australia today.
As luck would have it, our local council (North Sydney) was giving out free saplings to anyone in the community at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability yesterday. So that’s were we got a whole load of grevellias, dianellas, banksias and geraniums.
B and I both grew up in the concrete jungle that is Mumbai. So when we moved into our new home last year, neither of us could tell the difference between a Cats Claw and a Cordyline.
“Look, we have eight trees growing along our fence,” we exclaimed… Only to discover that they were those noxious Celtis trees that needed to be chopped down asap!
What were we to do with a backyard that was overgrown with weeds? What plants would flourish in its arid soil?
The simple answer? Natives.
Since native plants grow naturally in your locality, they are hard-wired to thrive there. They are hardy, drought-resistant and require little or no care once planted. Perfect for us. And perfect for our environment since they attract local birds and insects. So give yourself a pat on the back for helping conserve local flora and fauna.
A big thank you to the Bushcare Officers at North Sydney Council. They are a wealth of information on all things ecological and will even come over to your place to help you set up your own native haven.
Do you have a green thumb? Is there any plant/tree you’ve never been able to grow, no matter what?