Friday, May 24, 2024

Morris Arboretum Fernery (continued...)

Yes we're back at the Morris Arboretum fernery again today (part one here), I took a lot of photos during my visit and wanted to share more than seemed appropriate for just one post.

This was a fun find, it's Lemmaphyllum microphyllum, an epiphytic fern sold for terrarium use but one that—in my experience—can be grown outside a terrarium just fine.

If you're curious Far Reaches Farm had some for sale and might again, here. I got mine at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse at the Washington Park Arboretum.
This patch of ferny goodness is a pyrrosia, P. eleagnifolia from New Zealand.

Thanks Kyra for tracking down the name!

There's a nice Pyrrosia hastata...

And I was very much in love with this excellent planting of Pyrrosia lingua.



One last look inside...

And we're back outside...

To the side of the fernery building there was a low branching tree with plants tucked in its branches and a few pots grouped underneath, naturally this area called out to me. 

Another microsorum? I really have no idea, but I like it, a lot.

Oh that's fun! A staghorn mounted on...

A pizza screen? Crazy. I do this too, great minds think alike.

Look at those big staghorns!

Dreamy.

And that...

I've no idea what's going on there but love it...

And on the end there...

Looks like Lemmaphyllum microphyllum growing on another pizza screen. This is all feeling very familiar!

Since I'd squeezed up next to the nursery entrance (not open to the public) I went ahead and took a couple of shots of that, you know, since I was there.


Then I headed around the backside of the fernery...

And happened upon this Subaru with Washington plates (numbers obscured because that's what you do, but note the bumper sticker). At first that didn't seem odd, until my mind caught up to the moment and I remembered I was in Philadelphia not at home in the Pacific Northwest. Ha, it must be Kyra who led the Hardy Fern Foundation webinar tour of the fernery that clued me into this most excellent place. I'd forgotten she used to work at the Rhododendron Species Botanic Garden in Federal Way, WA (as well as the UW Botanic Garden, the Hardy Fern Foundation, and even briefly at Cistus Nursery). I went looking for her... 

I totally interrupted her workday but she was kind enough to show me around the nursery area and point out some of the cool ferns in their collections.



And a few other treasures she keeps an eye on.


Mahonia! (a taste of the PNW)

Beautiful wall-o-passiflora.


And a nice patch of Sarracenia and Darlingtonia rounds out my behind the scenes peek. Do visit the Morris Arboretum and Gardens (and Fernery!) if you're in Philadelphia!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The fernery at the Morris Arboretum and Gardens

It is time, on to the fernery!
Truth be told, I've been a little hesitant to post this series of photos, fearing that I just wouldn't be able to do this area justice—it's absolutely magical.


Built in 1899! That's a full 124 years before I visited. Good lord (a little of that history here)

Down the steps...

And behold the ferns...


What is that steely blue business?

This was my introduction to Microsorum steerei. I didn't spot a name on it here, but was able to ID it when I saw it at Chanticleer the next day.

There were so many extraordinary ferns here, ones that I can't even begin to guess at the names of, like this one with the very upright fronds...

And this...

The big guy there is of course Asplenium nidus, bird's-nest fern. 


Aglaomorpha meyeniana, bear's paw fern (the next three images)...



Microsorum punctatum


Lygodium flexuosum, a rhizomatous perennial climbing fern. 


Isn't the building itself incredible?

Blechnum brasiliense, Brazilian tree fern.



I didn't get the name of these tree ferns, maybe Sphaeropteris cooperi?


At first glace this groundcover fern fooled me, was it a pyrrosia?

Nope, the sori aren't right...

And the fronds weren't leathery like pyrrosia are, still it was an impressive planting.


Another Aglaomorpha of some sort...

So fantastic!

And look, plants growing on plants—one of my very favorite things—a lycopodium perhaps?

I previously shared a video I took inside the fernery over on Instagram, watch that here.

Phymatosorus scolopendria ends this post, on Friday (because there were just too many cool ferns for one post) we'll see a little more inside the fernery and then get a bit of a bonus tour outside the building and in the garden nursery.

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