At the same time I built and planted my fern table (written about here), I planted this small oval stock tank with ferns. It previously held Equisetum hyemale, aka horsetail. I loved it for many years, but that love had faded.
Included in the new planting are.... Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra'...
Pyrrosia lingua 'Eboshi'
And Blechnum chilense. Not shown individually are Selaginella braunii and Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis', Coniogramme intermedia 'Yoroi Musha' as well as Arthropodium candidum 'Maculatum'.
You may have noticed there was an additional short silver (duct-work) planter in front of the stock tank, it holds a NOID Athyrium with wonderful bright new foliage.
You also may have noticed the two tall metal cylinders behind the stock tank...
If you have a freakishly amazing memory they may look familiar. I shared photos last August when I wrote a post about the Rebuilding Center here in Portland. I commented about the possibilities they held and several of you urged me to return and buy them. So I did.
I new I wanted to plant them up and initially planned to fill them with soil.
However after seeing how some of my other metal containers are starting to "pit" I instead begged several 5-gallon containers from friends and built up the height required to plant in one at the top of the cylinder.
I also pounded 4ft tall rebar into the ground to keep them from moving around.
For the longest time I planned to use ferns here, thinking the tall cylinders with a hardy fern at the top could be my version of a tree fern. But then I became slightly Bromeliad obsessed and I thought about the amazing plantings at Lotusland. Thus a mix of Bromeliads and ferns it had to be.
And since Rhipsalis is happy in shade I added one of those in each container.
I am thrilled with the result!
Well I was thrilled, then I started to dislike seeing so much of the edge of the metal and decided to add some of the Tillandsia from my recent windfall.
Much better. These Tillandsia were headed for a different project, but I'd decided I wasn't thrilled with that look (to be shared soon) and went a different direction.
This makes me happy!
Wondering what it looked like "before"? Here's a photo from last year...
So much better! At least until winter. Unlike the fern table and the stock tank plantings, these will need to be dismantled and taken indoors. I wonder how the ferns will react to that? Maybe next year I'll be back to the original hardy fern idea...
Weather Diary, June 19: Hi 88, Low 61/ Precip 0
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