Sunday Selections # 109

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the Botanic Garden. 
Specifically, the old fern house, my favourite place. 
It's a little humid in there so I can never stay long, but I love it and go there every time I am visiting the garden.

The fern house is entered by crossing the bridge you see to the left of the photo.
Below the stone wall is a dry creek bed, from this angle you can't see that there is a drop of a couple of feet from the grassed area.

The roof from the inside. It's a little patchy now, in times past it was thickly covered and much more shady in there.
I imagine it will be again when repairs are made. 

About a metre inside the entrance, the path branches off in three directions.
This is the central path.
The right hand path circles the perimeter and arrives back at the entrance as the left path. The central path connects with it about halfway around.

The right hand path. I usually start down this path, then come down the central path and continue up the left hand path and back down the central path again.

Something white and pretty against large green leaves. I recognise the leaves as Hosta, but have never seen one flowering before, so can't be sure the flowers aren't something else growing up from beneath.

I don't know what this is, but I like the speckled leaves.
There are plant labels, but I so very often forget to look at them.


 There are many areas of big mossy rocks and I sometimes sit on them and do a little thinking or just gazing. 

This is the left hand path, (or the end of the right hand path if you prefer), showing the roof meeting the side wall. I would love to have such a fern house in my yard.

Here we see the entrance bridge from the inside on my way out again.
Here you can more clearly see the drop in levels from the grassed area to the creek bed.

The Elephant's Child also does a Sunday Selections, why not pop on over and see her photos.


  1. You stopped me in my tracks, so to speak, and I googled the lily you have blooming. It is an August lily, in the hosta family. I havn't seen one since childhood. One bigger than a wash tub bloomed in our back yard. When the house was sold we took cuttings, but we moved in the drought year of 88, and they did not survive.

  2. It's a long time since I've visited "the old fern house" with its patchy roof ....oh! so cool on a day like today .... thanks for the pretty walk.

  3. Thank you. I get to see the beauty of the fern house without the humidity. And I have never seen a hosta in flower either so thank you again.

  4. I'd like to get you in that fern house you sexy thing, how much rent do you pay?

  5. Hosta grow like weeds in our back yard. They do have pretty flowers but they don't last all that long.

  6. The speckled leaf plant might be an akuba.

  7. What a wonderful place to stop and think! It seems so peaceful...

  8. Joanne Noragon; thank you for naming the hosta, and I'm sad that none of your cuttings survived that year.

    Dianne; I love it in there. Have you been in the newer climate controlled rainforest house? Some similar plants are in there, but also more rain forest plants and a pond with turtles. (Tortoises?)

    Elephant's Child; I didn't even know if they did flower, so I've learned something.

    R.H. my rent is none of your business.

    Delores; that explains why I've never seen one flowering.

    Andrew; I'll have to google images of Akuba now to see if you're correct.

    Cindi; it is a peaceful place to just sit. I'm always careful to choose a clean rock, I don't want to crush any moss.

  9. Oh I love ferns so thank you so much for sharing this delightful trip through the fern house. It's the only way I'd be able to enjoy it as couldn't walk that far. What truly beautiful photos.

  10. Beg your pardon, it's an innocent question.

    No need to be rude.

  11. This was one of my fav spots, nice to see it's still there. The other place I could live was the Hot House with the big pond in the middle, it had giant water plants with HUGE floating leaves.

  12. I wish I could be there. I can smell the moist heat way over here. We all could use a little heat about now.

  13. Oooh, I forgot about the beautiful fern house, River. Thank you for reminding me and letting me in on your visit.

  14. Mimsie; it's a small fern house, I get through it in about 5 minutes if I don't sit on a rock.

    R.H innocent is irrelevant, thta's a question you should not be asking.

    Tempo; that is the Amazonian Lily house.

    Manzanita; you'll be having summer soon enough.

    Kath Lockett; I think it's a spot I could never forget.


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