Below is Staghorn Fern. I have had it about 3 years now. It is growing alright but I think it struggles during winter when it is so dry in the house. It will be happier when I place it outside for the summer. It is getting a good drink of rain today.
The fern below is a healthy grower in a container. It has big leaves and has little feet that are thick and strong. Little plantlets start growing on these feet and I am sure in the wild it is how it spreads. I wish I knew what kind it is, if anyone knows please tell me.
This fuzzy footed fellow is a Rabbits foot fern. I just love its fuzzy little feet. It is another that I keep in a pot so I can bring it in during winter to protect it from frosts and freezes. I put a piece of it on a log last year and it grew well but of course it couldn't withstand the winter.
The hardy ferns are performing a concert. Their fiddles are all heading for the great blue skies. I think the fiddleheads are as interesting as the fronds. Like this Japanese Painted Fern 'Ghost' has very dark fiddleheads before the foliage turns its ghostly white. It is odd but this is the only variety of Japanese Painted fern that I can get to grow in my garden. I have tried several to no avail.
The Sensitive Fern is a native fern of our area. A start was given to me several years ago by a neighbor that was a great native plantsman. Not only does this fern look delicate but it is the toughest you can get once established. It doesn't mind to cross over into the path where the rocks give it a headstart on spring. The Tatting fern give us such sweet fiddleheads. It is an unusual looking fern and is typically very addaptive to a little more sun than some others.
My most prolific and most forgiving fern is the Ostrich fern. It was here when I moved in and it has not stopped spreading since. I have given away probably an acre worth of these hardy ferns and they keep on growing. I would say that if you have an impossibly shady, dry or wet area this fern is for you. In dry areas you must water to get it established but once there it will be a happy camper.
Last but not least is the Autumn Fern. It has the most interesting fiddleheads to me. They are so dark. I guess they are just warning you that the leaves of these ferns are going to be an unusual color too. This fern is a must for Gardeners that loves ferns. It will delight you with colorful fronds that go from rusty gold to dark green as it ages. I missed getting pictures of the Christmas Fern, Lady Fern and Male Fern. They are also great ferns for shady areas. Has the fern bug bitten you? What are your favorite ferns?
Dear Lisa.....yes I am without doubt a fern lover, and like you have a vast collection.ReplyDelete
I love the shuttlecock fern.......I love the long straight fronds reaching for the sky.....I have a damp garden for most of the year, so of course, they do very well........
Pleasure seeing yours.......
Lisa .. I too am a huge fern fan and grow many of them .. I haven't seen the rabbits foot fern before and wow ! that is amazing .. yes to the ostrich fern being the most forgiving .. I have been known to be quite mean to it at times and it keeps coming back to spite me ? LOL .. I think we should form a fern club some day .. there is nothing like the fiddle heads and the smell of ferns : )ReplyDelete
I have never heard of a Shuttlecock fern. I will have to look it up to see if it would grow here. I don't have a boggy area though so if it needs bog I might be out of luck.ReplyDelete
GardenJoy4Me, I had never thought of the "smell" of ferns before we got a candle with that scent where I work. I guess they do have a clean fresh smell about them. My smeller isn't very good.
I love ferns, too, Lisa. They are amazing around here. I love your shots of the fiddlehead. It's amazing to watch a fern be born. They look like aliens, then like fiddlehead, then like mysterious creatures reaching for the light, then ferns. All in a day. Amazing.ReplyDelete
Dear Lisa, Your ferns are beautiful! I can't imagine them growing so well that I could give them away (well maybe after all the rain we keep getting)....They love your garden. I can grow successfully only two ferns; Christmas and Autumn...and I appreciate them! Do you have Bill Cullina's book Native Ferns, Moss and Grasses. A great resource for a fern lover! gailReplyDelete
I think we love ferns because they are so ancient. They add so much magic to a garden.ReplyDelete
It excites me to see your ferns popping up! Mine are still sleeping, but I'm sure they will wake soon.
What a good collection of ferns you have Lisa! I have three types -Sword fern that is native to this area, Australian Tree fern and the guy without a name. After reading your post, I might want to get Ostrich fern. Where do you keep them in winter: garage, basement...?ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa! Ferns are wonderful shade plants. My neighbors have shared Ostrich ferns with me. Every year some of them return and some don't. One of my cutest ferns is Arthyrium 'Frizella' and I know you'd like it! It, too, loved your shots of the fiddlehead! Happy Spring! :-)ReplyDelete
Lisa, I do love ferns, too! I don't have many yet in my garden, but I keep adding more each year. I like the Japanese painted ferns, but really any fern will do. Unfortunately, I wasn't very good about keeping that huge Boston fern I bought on sale last year watered over the winter. I'm hoping it still has enough life in it to grow back this summer. Hmmm, so you give away starts of your Ostrich fern?ReplyDelete
I love ferns too. A few do fairly well in our area. We are very prone to long dry periods here so they don't thrive. You have quite a collection. They must look wonderful in the late spring when all the fronds are green and fresh. They also give the summer garden a cool look.ReplyDelete
Hi Lisa, what a fabulous array of ferns. I love them too. Here is something funny though, I cannot grow the painted fern 'Ghost', it died immediately while the ones with red and purple have gone crazy, sporing all over the place. Your must have gotten down very low to get the Ghost shot! It's a beauty! :-)ReplyDelete
Beautiful ferns Lisa. I love ferns but unfortunately they don't like my climate that much. The only way of keeping them is as house plants, and I have to be honest, I'm not too good with house plants... :-(ReplyDelete
What a fabulous collection of ferns you have. I'm a huge fan of ferns too!ReplyDelete
Another fern lover here! Favorite? Tough one. Which day? Japanese painted today.ReplyDelete
Great ferns! one of my favorite plants. Thanks for stopping by my blog.ReplyDelete
Lisa -- that is an amazing assortment of ferns and they all looks so happy to be in your garden. I love all the shots of the fiddleheads popping out. Your Staghorn is so impressive. I almost bought one at the Garden Fest this spring, but thought the deer might eat on it and I don't have room for it inside the fence where there is limited shade under the trees. I'll just drool over yours instead!ReplyDelete
You have a nice variety of ferns, with unique shapes (including fuzzy feet). The fiddleheads as they first arise are always so interesting.I've found the Ghost fern to be more robust than its relative the Japanese painted fern too. My painted ferns survive, but don't make as substantial clumps, and are slow at coming up.ReplyDelete
I like Osmunda regalis (royal fern), which grows somewhat shrub-like. The little Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair fern) is another favourite. I like its delicate look, but hardy constitution. My Dropteris expansa has a nice shape, and doesn't spread into its neighbours.
Wow another shady gardener. I dont know how I missed this. Since moving into the woods I always looking for ideas. Thanks!ReplyDelete
We can hardly wait to get more shade so we can have ferns and hostas! I love them.ReplyDelete
I wish I had a good shady or wooded area for ferns. I love the way they look in a woodland.ReplyDelete
Hi there Lisa, oh yes, indeed I am :-)ReplyDelete
Like Cheryl, I love the shuttlecock fern. Like Joy, I love the smell of ferns. Like Sandy, I love watching them start out. Like you, I have also given as many away.
I agree with Kathleen about the mystical and ancient look of ferns. I had a tree fern for a couple of years before trying to harden it up one winter and lost it!
A fav is so hard, I love the jap. Painted one but also the Heart’s tongue too. I love the polypodiums, the rusty-backs, the maiden-hairs and… nope can’t choose :-D
I’d love to have a hardy enough tree fern and your stag’s horns would be something else! I think you will have inspired a few more fern lovers with this posting :-D
Dear Lisa... you have very beautiful collection of fern.ReplyDelete
I like them too, but didn't think to grow them in pots for outdoor shady garden - you are so right with this idea - I simply didn't think of that before...
Are they really not so fusssy about water once they are established? I tend to kill them too often...
I love your fern collection and love reading these comments as we all have opposing results. Can't get Ghost to do well in my garden while the painted ferns grow and grow and grow, in sun and shade, good soil and clay. I divide them and spread them everywhere. Just bought a new fern yesterday: Thelypteris palustris (marsh fern) — blue green fronds up to 30." Am excited to see how it does.ReplyDelete
Fascinating post! There are a couple of little ferns that grow in our desert canyon out of shady rock ledges. I am always delighted to see them.ReplyDelete
Great, great posting, Lisa. I know almost nothing about ferns, though there are a lot around here. When I grew up there was a clump each side of our wide front steps, and I loved them. That staghorn is amazing. You've encouraged me to find out more about the ones I see every day. Thank you.ReplyDelete
I have a few pics you requested at my site. I didn't take them, but one of my friends took them a while back.
What a great collection!
Thanks for all the photos and info!
All of your ferns are lovely...I too love them. I have a few in my front pond garden. I always look forward to the ferns each spring. I think they have the "smell of spring!"
I love ferns too, especially the fiddleheads. I've had bad luck with lots of ferns, but the two that have managed to survive my garden are the basic Lady Fern (felix femina) and the Christmas Fern. Tough, durable, tolerant of drought, and in the case of the Christmas Fern, evergreen. Just love them.ReplyDelete
Ah yes, the Ostrich fern. It has eaten many of the other ferns in my fern area, but I still love it. Let's face it, I have a great appreciation for aggressive plants.ReplyDelete
I also belong to fern lovers and I have a little collection too. Especially now, I like to watch them when they unfurl, giving a great entrance.ReplyDelete
Lovely ferns Lisa. I used to have a couple in the house, but they were too tempting for Kitty to eat. I still love them as indoor and outdoor plants though.ReplyDelete
Lisa, I wonder if my passalong ferns are ostrich ferns? I think I'll take a photo of them & try to i.d. I also have a 'Lady in Red' fern I bought from Song Sparrow. In its third season, it is very beautiful with its red stems. Thanks for the fern tour.~~DeeReplyDelete