We haven’t had a lot of rain, but in the last few weeks, we’ve had scattered showers here and there over a number of days. Measured in millimetres, it wasn’t very much, but measured in newly growing native plants in the bushland, it has been extremely valuable water in our crunchy dry bushland. For a few days, the ground was wet enough to feel soft. Even so, a few rainless days later, it is crunching underfoot again.
Our Summer has been so dry that even the bracken is dying back, opening up spaces which would otherwise be dark and crowded with bracken fronds. It is heartening to see signs of native regrowth. Some of these plants are so very tiny, while others are already 30cm to 60cm high. They are all fine and spindly, making their hold on the earth seem tenuous. I hope the showers continue to fall so they can gain a firmer hold and flourish. With a bit of luck, and gentle rain, we’ll have some more native flowers soon.