Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Compensatory Mechanism

I was on the brink of exhaustion. Half of my cerebrum told me to relax for a while, garden, watch a movie or listen to Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi or Beethoven in fugue and baroque for that matter while the other half of the hemisphere logically pointed out that there were still some work that had to be done not to mention helping the kids out with their schoolwork. As a working mom, I can no longer afford to guide them in math so I opted to enroll them in Kumon Programme (some kind of tutorial)  instead. Driving them to Kumon is like hitting two birds with one stone; I can go to the grocery or shop until they finish the session, that is if my schedule allows me to. Talking about maintaining my psychological and physiological equilibrium!

Now I'm back in my garden. I miss the plants!! Some of them changed a lot. This was how the Asplenium looked like when it was newly  acquired a year ago.

Look at how the fronds changed in time...

After a year....
Could it be the that the fronds reverted back to its true form? Or was it the environmental condition that caused the change?
... and this.
The plants have been getting too much water this rainy season. I noticed how the fibrous roots of  this Asplenium nidus grew rapidly from the heavy downpour.
Asplenium nidus fibrous roots
A closer look at the roots
As a compensatory mechanism to control the amount of water, there is a tremendous growth along the roots so as to absorb the excess water brought about by long periods of rain. Imagine how this plant can survive considerably in dry and moist conditions.



James Missier said...

I'm not sure whether it should behave as such. Chances are mature plants might be different compared to smaller plants.
Regardless - it still beautiful to me.

Mark and Gaz said...

Not sure why it did that, but lovely to see the time lapse of it changing.

hardinars said...

@ James Missier, yes, I find them attractive, too and it's very amusing to see how these plants grow and change in time.

@ Mak and Gaz, a little bit of mystery in the garden is what makes it magical.

Autumn Belle said...

It looks like a curly version of the Birds Nest fern. This plant with the changing form will be fun to grow.

hardinars said...

@ Autumn Belle: If they produce spores I can send you if you like... :-)

Kalantikan said...

Hi you have nice foliage plants. Yes, fern fronds are always very beautiful. There are even those whose colors are purplish when very young, lovely.

hardinars said...

Thank you, Kalantikan...so many beautiful ferns out there and it's so hard to id them! :-)

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