This morning, despite still walking like a cowboy as a result of my last riding lesson, I had another one. I had a vague idea that it might help me stretch out the muscles, but all it did was hurt! We did some good work, but after 45 minutes I begged to stop. Enough! I now have three whole days to recover before the next one.
This afternoon we screwed up coat hooks, and finally unpacked all the coats. I seem to have quite a few…I may have a little coat problem…I may have to sort them into seasons, and hide away the summer ones!
It has been another damp day, but we did have a bit of a stroll around the garden, and tried to identify the ferns which grow on the dry stone walls. With ferns, it’s all about how many times the fronds are divided:
This one above is easy, as we had it in a pot in our last garden. It is hart’s tongue fern, and the fronds aren’t divided at all, each one is just like a leaf.
This one above is common polypody, and the fronds are just divided once into a row of lobes called pinna.
This seems to be the most common fern we have, and the pinna are divided again into pinnules, so it is twice divided. This is the ‘male fern’.
We only found one plant of this one so far. It is twice divided, like the male fern, but much more delicate. We think this is the lady fern.
Now this one is divided again, so it is three times divided: Each pinnule is itself divided – see the close up below.
We think this is a buckler fern, but there are several, and we haven’t worked out which yet. Last but not least, my favourite:
This is not a brilliant photo, but this delicate little beauty is the maidenhair fern. Just delightful!
Apologies if you found that boring – I love ferns, and really hope we discover some more species as we explore. I will also be planting some garden varieties as well. The more the better!