For the past 40 years my home has been a small farm in Nashville. We are about to be surrounded with subdivisions but a few of us are true "Hold Outs"
Years before we moved here the previous owners had dumped trash on the back of the property. It was long ago covered with dirt but occasionally the rain will uncover a treasure form the past. About 5 years ago my daughter and I were walking through the woods on the back of our farm and found an OLD (at least 50 years old) one gallon glass jug. The years had washed dirt into the jug and it was partially filled with moss and a beautiful little fern. We brought the beautiful jug to the house and set it in on a table in the LR. The next day the little fern looked wilted and the next day the fern looked worse. Daughter and I decided the fern needed the natural life that it had in the woods. We took it back to the spot where we found it, carefully put it back in the leaves and left it. We went back a week later and the fern was growing again. I went back a year later and the fern was gone, but there were other little plants growing in the Old Jug. I haven't been to check on it in a long time. Tomorrow might be a good day to go back.
I am a True Fern Lover and have Lots of ferns. I will share pictures later.
Hi Everyone. I have had house guest for the past few days and haven't been able to walk into the woods to check on the old jug where the wild fern was growing. I should be able to get there on Monday after the guest leave.
The fern in the picture is the 'Kangaroo Paw' Microsorium diversifolium.
It is about 8 years old and about four feet across.
Mine are in hanging baskets since thay are not winter hardy here. They do send "Arms" around the basket (Part of their charm) In the semi-tropical areas of the United States and Central America it performs well as a ground cover. As a ground cover it will restrict itself to a shady area under trees and shrubs it doesn't do well in the sun. It makes a thick, lush bed
I am not gonna be able to hold out much longer on the ferns. Too many good pics on this forum. I am gonna have to run to a nursery an buy a bunch then figure out where to plant them after I buy them. Does any one have ugly ferns?