The poor Sensitive Ferns are not liking the dry spell we have been going through lately. They are protesting by curling up. After the rain we got last night they should recover. That is the good thing about natives. They seem to take the worst of the weather and keep on growing even if they pout some. Most of the other ferns in the garden are reacting to the droughty conditions by setting spores. The Ostrich ferns are setting their reproductive goals. The put up these spore covered wands that turn an interesing brown that you can use in flower arrangements.
The kangaroo paw fern is setting spores on the back side of its leaves. Many ferns use this method.
The Autumn fern is also setting spores. It is always facintating to me to find these unusual looking growths on the back of the fern fronds and to think that this is how they reproduce.