Sunday, February 26, 2012

Back Lane Beauties

While out walking the dogs in the evening, I came across these amazing plants in a back lane:
This staghorn (Platycerium bifurcatum) is looking a little scorched in places, which is not surprising given the heat of the last couple of days and the harsh environment it is growing in - surrounded by galvanised iron. But it is close to two metres from top to bottom.
Bird's nest fern (Asplenium of some variety) also looking a little scorched. Again, not surprising in the circumstances. But how many years do you think it has taken to develop that trunk?

Both of these plants have obviously been there for a very very long time. It doesn't look like an ideal place to grow tropical ferns, but whoever owns them obviously knows what they are doing.

And for anyone I've spoken to in the last week and told the story of the back lane, the bulbs, the neighbour and the webcam, this person obviously has nicer neighbours!

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