I found myself staring at this fern corner at Portland Nursery recently and wondered if I'd ever shared an update? Since I first wrote about it in March of last year it has filled in quite nicely.
This particular building is a cavernous space, I don't think it's heated in the winter time.
Cyrtomium fortunei, aka Japanese holly fern
Polystichum tsus-simense, aka Korean rock fern
Dryopteris filix-mas 'Linearis Polydactyla' aka Slender Crested Male Fern
And let's pause to appreciate the Selaginella kraussiana, hinding behind a frond.
While I admired what they've built here my mind wandered...
...to the branches on my patio. Some of them Alison's, some of them mine. I see an installation "inspired by" in my future.
Perhaps an update on my fern table is in order? It's looking a little "winter worn"...
Late last fall Andrew and I cut a branch from one of the neighbor's conifers. It was hanging annoyingly low over our property and dropping needles continually.
Of course cutting it resulted in a shower of needles which I haven't got around to cleaning up yet.
Sadly, I know there will be plenty more...
The orange leaves under the fern table belong to Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki' — they're planted in the tops from the dish-planters that live behind the shade pavilion. Once the pavilion is converted to a greenhouse they get moved out of the way. In the spirit of "keeping it real" I'm sharing the lovely sheet plastic, pvc, and binder clip structure I built over the fern stock-tank. Why did create something so horrific you ask?
Because I went out to check on another plant in the garden, after a particularly rainy afternoon, and discovered the tank was a swamp. Ferns like it moist, but they're not bog plants (shown here Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra').
Turns out I hadn't added any drainage holes to this tank when it was full of Equisetum hyemale (horsetail - I didn't want it to esacpe) and then didn't think to do it when I planted it up with ferns. Duh! (shown is Coniogramme intermedia 'Yoroi Musha').
Oh well, it's behind the garage and since I'm not spending time hanging out on the patio these days I don't see it unless I come check on it.
Let's end with a pretty picture shall we? Here's the same area last June...
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