Friday, 1 July 2011


I have a number of ferns in the garden, most of which originated at the caravan where they grew wild in the garden. Unfortunately, despite having a number of fern identification books, I have difficulty identifying them.

This fern which can be found half way up the ‘waterfall’ on my top pond (sounds grand but the waterfall is a pump-driven trickle and the pond about 6 square feet) has very leathery and shiny fronds and meets some of the description of Hard Shield Fern (Polystichum aculeatum) but the frond shape is wrong.

I would love to have a fern expert come and identify them for me though he would find the exercsie fairly unexciting as I'm sure they are all very common species..