My fern and some ducks

Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aethiopicum) in a weathered pot

I have a new study buddy. I named her Tuesday's Child, to help me remember when to water her. Though it's hard to pin a weekly watering schedule on indoor plants, cos moisture doesn't evaporate as it would outdoors. Still, it's useful to be reminded.

She is a Maidenhair fern (Adiantum aethiopicum). There are over 200 species of maidenhair, each with a variety of cultivars. They like warmth and humidity, neither of which have been abundant in my study, but the landlord tells me this room really heats up in summer. I hope so. The older I get, the more I love warm weather. Maybe I am a fern.

We went to Kings Park yesterday to check out the Botanic Garden. This is the first time I've made the effort to go somewhere specifically to look at native Australian flora. Normally, I don't care, because the suburbs are already so full of native plants. But this year is the Garden's 50th birthday. And I've lived in Australia for so long. It was just... time.

I'm glad we went. Everything is in bloom now, and the place is just lovely. And we saw ducklings!

ducklings in Kings Park

Aaaaaaaaaaah SO CUTE.

Garden photos to come. :)