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!


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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  1. The pizza screens are a stroke of genius. The staghorns, how fabulous!

    1. They make mounting really easy with the numerous holes, and yet they also retain a lot of soil and other substrate.

  2. You certainly made great use of of your visit. What a bonus to connect with Kyra! I may have to try the pizza screen idea to mount my staghorn fern - it's not especially happy in its pot and I never meant to leave it sitting there this long.

    1. As I said above those screens are great for mounting. I found mine at a metal salvage place and didn't know what they were at first.

  3. How fun that you got to see the nursery too! I am glad you gave a tour around the outside of the fernery too. I was wondering what they would plant around the perimeter.

    1. It was such a good day, I was definitely on a garden/plant high.

  4. AnonymousMay 24, 2024

    Judith at Fancy Fronds brought some Lemmaphyllum microphyllum to Hortlandia, which is where I got mine. I'm really liking it so far! She doesn't have it listed on her website, but it might be worth asking her about. Hers is a bit taller and less round than the ones that sold out at Far Reaches. I resisted the staghorns at Rare Plant Research (with difficulty, despite lack of real wall space) and naturally am now regretting it seeing those incredible ones and how they're mounted here.

    1. Ah...excellent! I wish that I would have seen what Judith was offering. If you (whoever you are) happen to read this I would love to see a photo of what you bought, you can email me at: spikyplants at gmail dot com. As for the staghorns at RPR, they'll be open again at the end of June, if you want to go back.

  5. AnonymousMay 25, 2024

    Finding Kyra after locating her car is the best part of this post. How fun! Getting an 'insider's' look at the nursery is the cherry on top of the fernery visit. Adiantum and Pyrrosia make a particularly excellent combination (photos 9 and 27).

    1. Right? It all worked out so perfectly.

  6. Appreciate finding your blog. Love it


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