Time for an update.
This morning the trunk, from ground level to the level of the growing point, measured 43in / 108cm. Three seasons more growth have added another 11 in / 27cm in extension. The trunk itself has thickened, with the beginnings of a broader base at ground level.
|Dicksonia antarctica trunk - April 14th 2014|
After a few warm days the new season's growth has already started. Here's a quick grab shot of the new fronds beginning to unroll in the centre of the trunk apex. Poor quality but it's a bright, sunny day and worming my through the rather prickly old fronds to get a hand held shot imposed certain constraints on composition. I'll do better when the clouds roll over and I've tidied up the dead old growth from the 2012 season.
|Dicksonia antarctica fronds beginning to unroll in mid April|