Portrait of the old king

Our cycad is putting out a new crown of leaves this week.

Cycads were very common during the Jurassic period, and they have changed relatively little since that time.

More about cycads here.

. . . Only the antique cycads sullenly
keep the old bargain life has long since broken;
and, cursed by age, through each chill century
they watch the shrunken moon, but never die. . .

— Judith Wright, from “The Cycads