Browning ferns

It seems the ferns by the pond are suffering:

You can’t see the brown leaves terribly well from the angle of the above photo but there are a few. No doubt the heat this last week will have caused them some discomfort and in the afternoons there is no shade to protect them.

All things being equal, the pond is not in the perfect position from the point of view of water retention and ferns but it was the only place I could put it, as the shadier end of the garden already had trees in it. Besides, I want to enjoy looking at it.

However, with the change in the weather to cool and rainy, the ferns should pick up and in time I hope they will get more shade from the apple trees closer to the pond. There is also a ‘self-seeded’ fern of some description on the other side of it. As yet I have no idea what variety it is – possibly bracken and I’m not sure how it can have got there considering ferns aren’t propagated by seed.

Pity about the grass with the fern. I will have to leave it for now so as not to disturb the fern’s roots.

The mysteries of nature continue and it is delightful to see the garden developing of its own accord.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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