Did you miss me? Don't answer that! We were having severe thunderstorms last night and I didn't dare connect to the internet. It was still rumbling and crashing as I went to bed at 12:30. I've pre-dated this entry so it will be marked for the correct day, though.
It was the first day of summer, but we haven't seen the sun in several days here, so I couldn't get a sunrise picture for kitchenhenge... I seem to miss the summer one for one reason or another quite a lot.
However, I will bring you another fern from my walk with Ellen last Friday. This one is a cousin to the Intermediate Fern. In fact they can be easily confused, but I'll tell you the secret and then they are easy to tell apart! I've showed it to you before, but these are better pictures.
This is the Spinulose Wood Fern, sometimes called the Toothed Wood Fern, Dryopteris Spinulosa, or just to be confusing, Dryopteris Carthusiana. I guess in the UK it's called the Narrow Buckler Fern. Here's a whole, lovely patch of it.
Here's the secret to telling this one from other wood ferns. Look at the lowest set of leaves (pinnae). Each little branchlet is called a pinnule, and you need to look at the two that are closest to the stem (rachis). If the second pinnule from the rachis is longest it's Intermediate Fern. But that's not true here, is it? You can easily see that the one closest to the rachis is longest. So it is Spinulose or Toothed Wood Fern, or Narrow Buckler Fern.
More rain predicted for Wednesday! A surprisingly wet week so far.
|See Another Fern You Almost Know for a comparison of Spinulose and Intermediate Fern
See I Need Green Really Bad for Intermediate Fern