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Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2007
3:16 PM

Post #3302203

Do you have a favorite fern picture?
For the last couple of weeks this one happens to be my favorite, so much so that I put it on my desktop!

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2007
4:52 PM

Post #3302531

My favorite fern - Mother Fern (Asplenium bulbiferum). Only hardy to zone 9 and I lost these two in the last unusual freeze. Of course I'm replacing them!

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2007
5:12 PM

Post #3302607

Shadyfolks, wonderful foliage on your Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'. Is that its springtime colour or does it stay like that all through the year?

So graceful and delicate lace-like fronds , doss!!.

I have soo many favorite ferns I cannot really make a choice.



Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 20, 2007
7:25 PM

Post #3303076

Doss, I love the texture of your fern. I'm disappointed that it is hardy to only Z9. I can push a zone but not three zone, LOL! Too bad you lost them! I have to agree with you, they are worth replacing.

Bonitin- that picture was taken June 3 last year.I have a few planting in a group and they were a knock out. I was really impressed with how long they held their color, I just don't remember how long that was. I will have to pay attention and take pictures this year. I will try to remember to take pictures so we can see how they look through the growing season.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2007
8:01 PM

Post #3303209

Brilliance is really lovely. And your photo is so architectural. Very nice.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2007
8:51 PM

Post #3303393

Here's my favorite fern and favorite fern pic. Southern maidenhair. I had two pretty big ones on my front porch. They had been through two winters, but the last freeze in Feb. burnt them completely. Hoping the roots are good and they'll come back. :(
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #3303434

I have some S. Maidenfern that my grandmother gave to me. I love it! It froze here this year too and I'm hoping that mine will be all right.
dax080
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2007
10:55 AM

Post #3304965

Can't resist adding my favorite - this stand was here when we moved in, almost 20 years ago. Beautiful, and I love to watch all the unfurling of the fronds in the mid-spring. They just pop up after a few days of 60+ temps. I didn't know what it was for the longest time, but I believe they are Dryopteris carthusianna - a wood fern native to this area. This was taken on May 9, when they are the focal point of the early garden. Dax

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Ninnian
Sautee Nacoochee, GA
(Zone 7a)

March 21, 2007
10:58 AM

Post #3304972

We have maidenfern that grows wild in our forest... surely if it comes back every year, yours will! :)
I need to transplant some more.. its alil fragile.

Nin
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2007
12:18 PM

Post #3305298

Those are stunning, Dax.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2007
2:30 PM

Post #3305596

DebinSC- you have another one of those ferns I would love to be able to grow, nice close up

Dax-your house is the perfect back drop to show them off and a great example of ferns as a foundation planting.

dax080
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2007
6:44 PM

Post #3306400

Thanks, doss and Shadyfolks - what's amazing is that I took them for granted until I started DGing and learned to appreciate them. Now I'm adding about five more different kinds of ferns to the beds this year - I'm sure they will be very small for a few years, but I just love the textures - I've got a couple Japanese ferns and the one pictured above - Dryopteris "Brilliance" on order. I've never seen the Southern Maidenhair before - beautiful! I suppose it won't tolerate Zone 5, though --- Dang - Dax
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 21, 2007
6:53 PM

Post #3306447

I don't think I have any great fern pics, this Japanese Painted one I like.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2007
9:00 PM

Post #3306873

Japanese Painted ferns are so lovely! Wish that I could grow them successfully here but they just need the cold I think. They just sort of fade away...
dax080
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2007
6:55 PM

Post #3309752

Yes, aren't they lovely (Japanese Painted)? I planted a couple last year and they basically barely survived - But, I'm hopin they will creep this year so I have more than a couple leaves on a plant. They are so striking when they look like yours, bigcityal - Dax
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2007
7:26 PM

Post #3309857

I like the variation you can get with Japanese Painted Fern.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 22, 2007
8:06 PM

Post #3309984

Thanks

Dorothie - I figured there had to be something I could grow that you couldn't.

Most of my ferns stay pretty small. Some near the foundation are kind of sandy and dry I think. I really like Cinnamon, but mine is just hanging in there.
sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

March 29, 2007
7:54 AM

Post #3331874

This is my favorite fern pic - native ferns in the woods behind the house. They're not up yet this year, though. I have several japanese painted ferns in the shade beds - love them!

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bonitin
Gent
Belgium
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2007
12:17 PM

Post #3332625

sstateham, love that picture of the unfolding fern frond.

A picture from spring last year in my brother's garden:

Matteuccia struthiopteris.

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sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

March 29, 2007
12:44 PM

Post #3332712

bonitin - What a great shot!
dax080
Cedar Rapids, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 29, 2007
2:33 PM

Post #3333121

Yes, bonitin - just gorgeous!
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 29, 2007
6:10 PM

Post #3333815

sstateham & bonitin, those are both great shots. I love the close up for the detail and the Matteuccia struthiopteris ~wow, makes me wish that spring were farther a long.
lorettamar
Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 29, 2007
7:49 PM

Post #3334152

Hi,

Here's one of my Matteuccia struthiopteris a couple of months after I planted it last year. I hope that mine grow to look like your brother's, Bonitin. His are beautiful.

I also have a couple of little Maidenhair ferns--my favorite fern--that look brown right now. I sure hope they survived the winter.

Loretta

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 29, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #3334752

bonitin: those are really beautiful. Nice light.
sstateham: I have a similar one to yours, not as close up or sharp, but still a fave. Thelypteris Torresiana...in my back yard.
Deb

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sstateham
Rockford, IL
(Zone 4b)

March 30, 2007
7:33 AM

Post #3335613

Ferns are just so photogenic!

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

March 30, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #3337148

I checked yesterday... Mine are starting to awaken. YAY.
astilbebain
Cape Cod, MA
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2007
9:30 AM

Post #3346361

I like this one of my Japanese painted ferns. Now that I have figured my camera out, I can't wait to take pictures of all my plants!

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Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2007
2:06 PM

Post #3347325

Don't you just love the color variations of the Athyriums?

I wish I could go out and check on my ferns/garden but I broke my foot 4 days ago, I'm having surgery tomorrow.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
3:19 PM

Post #3347573

Oh, so sorry that you broke your foot! And good luck on the surgery. I hope that you will be able to get out into the garden this spring.
sammigirl
Orangeville, ON
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #3347627

this is my favorite fern picture (even though they are in the backgrouind) taken last year May 15th

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
4:20 PM

Post #3347792

Fabulous photo! What is the groundcover? I love the way that the red tulips set the depth for the beautiful ferns in the background. Breathtaking.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2007
5:35 PM

Post #3348089

that's Aegopodium podograria (Bishops weed) I had it at my old house... loved the stuff.
That's a gorgeous photo.

anyhoo -- here is one of my fern babes sprouting.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
5:39 PM

Post #3348099

Bishop's weed sure is beautiful. But wow the negative comments on it in the plantfiles! Guess it's just a little too vigorous.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2007
5:49 PM

Post #3348135

Here's a wider shot with my Cinnamon in it.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
5:52 PM

Post #3348152

What a pretty border, AL. Your garden is getting stunning.

Here's another favorite - blechnum gibbon or Silver Lady Fern. I may have lost it in the freeze although most of them are coming back.

This message was edited Apr 2, 2007 4:06 PM
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
5:54 PM

Post #3348165

Oops forgot to post the photo.

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StPaulPeg
Saint Paul, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 2, 2007
5:57 PM

Post #3348181

No ferns in this picture and off topic - I'm posting this in defense of bishop's weed. This is the north side of my old house, with a steep drop off down to my neighbor's fence covered with grape vine. The grass wouldn't grow there, and one year I killed all the grass and spent a ton of money to put in mostly lamium. The next winter was extremely cold, and the lamium didn't make it. I despaired in the spring, as my slope started eroding into my nieghbor's yard until my neighbor gave me a bunch of bishop's weed she'd taken from the north side of her house. The bishop's weed did the trick, the slope was saved, and in the last five years it's never crossed the fence line back into her yard!

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2007
6:26 PM

Post #3348286

Peg, sometimes an assertive plant is just what you want. I grow runner violets under my walnut tree where nothing else will grow so I know what you mean. It sure is pretty on that walkway.
bigcityal
Menasha, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2007
7:03 PM

Post #3348409

Thanks Dorothie. I can't really expand my shade beds until the kids are older.

tcs1366

tcs1366
Itasca,IL&Lk Delton, WI
(Zone 5a)

April 2, 2007
7:40 PM

Post #3348554

I had my bishops weed similar to Peg's. Lining a side walk, that way it "stays in check"
though in my north beds... it did get into the grass, but we just mowed it... and it was more out of site since it was on the neighbors driveway side... but never found it too invasive.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2007
9:23 PM

Post #3348926

I like Bishops weed and like Sammigirl showed in the right place it works great.

Doss, That is one great lookin fern, I hope it comes back for you!

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weeding

weeding
Peachtree City, GA
(Zone 8a)

April 2, 2007
10:25 PM

Post #3349187

I'm not sure which fern this is but it is one of my favorites.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 3, 2007
7:02 PM

Post #3352062

This is not necessarily a favorite fern pic, but it's definitely a favorite fern.
These chain ferns come back better every year. They sure seem happy today.
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 3, 2007
7:34 PM

Post #3352121

Love the chain fern - that's one we don't see here - but then there are a lot we don't see here.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2007
11:03 AM

Post #3354219

Doss: I'm pretty sure no one planted the chain ferns here, because I see them in the woods nearby alot. These just keep popping back up along the back wall of my little (wet) shady garden by my front walk. They're evergreen some years. (Depends on how cold it gets.) Been in this house for 3 years and this is the largest they've ever been this early in the season.
Deb
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2007
11:08 AM

Post #3354234

Native is somehow even better. Did you have a mild winter?
koalhuey
Ellijay, GA
(Zone 7a)

April 4, 2007
11:31 AM

Post #3354304

I love the picture from Sammigirl and am currently working on a spot in my yard that will eventually look like that. Where can I get bishops weed and will it be as successful in North Georgia?
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 4, 2007
1:12 PM

Post #3354636

You can definitely find it on line in a lot of places. Or you could ask your local nursery if they carry it.
Here are the DG vendors that carry it:
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/546/
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 4, 2007
4:02 PM

Post #3355271

Doss: Yes we had a very mild winter. Quite a few plants that aren't supposed to be hardy in our zone had no trouble over-wintering...and those that are hardy seem really healthy.
Deb
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

December 11, 2007
12:31 PM

Post #4283535

It's winter time and I am yearning to see me plants...so I resort to my pictures now and found this one from last summer.
This picture is currently on my desktop.

Adiantum venustum AKA -Himalayan Maidenhair Fern, Evergreen Maidenhair Fern

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 11, 2007
5:14 PM

Post #4284286

Oh,maidenhair is one of my favorites. NIce photo.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

December 20, 2007
6:06 AM

Post #4312604

I don't have a favorite one yet. I keep trying to grow them in a container on my balcony, but so far not too much luck. However, I have a volunteer that must have come with a hosta I bought earlier this year. Can anyone identify it? On second thought, is it a weed?

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NorthernSeasons
Bozeman, MT
(Zone 4b)

January 8, 2008
2:06 AM

Post #4373632

Japanese Painted Fern is the one! I live in Zone 3-4 and the fern survives our grueling winters. I'm moving mine to the front shade garden this year as my garden focal point.

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Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 8, 2008
2:18 AM

Post #4373715

Northern that's a beautiful one! To bad your file isn't bigger, it's hard to see. It's a beautiful plant you have.

revclaus-looks like a fern to me :o) I don't know which one, but let it grow!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 8, 2008
2:47 AM

Post #4373890

Japanese Painted fern is always lovely. They grow much better in your neck of the woods NS than they do in mine. They love the winter chill. Here they just languish.
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 8, 2008
3:25 AM

Post #4374046

revclaus,
It's hard to tell for sure from your photo but your fern looks similar to the Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis) that pops up here and there in my garden.


This message was edited Jan 15, 2008 4:18 PM
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2008
10:20 PM

Post #4406677

I was looking through this thread today at all the beautiful photos posted. I just can't wait until the spring when the new growth shows. In the meantime I have a variegated Indian Holly Fern( Arachniodes simplicior) that still looks relatively good in the middle of the winter. Once the February cold comes it will disappear and not return until very late spring.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 15, 2008
11:20 PM

Post #4406969

Nice fern. I love that one. It has so much character.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 15, 2008
11:56 PM

Post #4407103

sempervirens
I love Arachhniodes simplicior and wish I could grow it here, we are Z5b, with our snow cover I can grow some plants that are rated Z6, I don't believe that enough for this fern, isn't it a Z7 plant?

Nice picture, by the way.
Shady
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
12:30 AM

Post #4407250

Great pics in this thread. I think ferns are especially photogenic plants. I've also been missing my plants a lot right now. My favorite fern is also Maidenhair, but mine aren't much to look at yet. The best fern picture I have from last season are my Japanese Painted Ferns, which seem to be growing like crazy here. I know that I will have to thin them out this summer if they continue as they are doing.


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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2008
12:54 AM

Post #4407359

What a beautiful planting with the creeping Jenny, hostas and astilbe.
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

January 16, 2008
1:49 PM

Post #4409130

Very nice shade garden Noreaster. I especially like the maidenhair ferns toward the back of your photo and wish I could grow them. Anyone have hints on growing it successfully? I have tried twice and lost it both times. Two of my gardening friends in my area also have had no luck with that fern.

Thanks doss and Shadyfolks for the compliments on the fern and photo. Our weather of late has been unusually warm without snow cover so the garden still looks like a somewhat tattered late fall still. I'm waiting for the ground to freeze to cover the garden with the evergreen boughs of the 8 Christmas trees I cut up. Picture someone dragging discarded evergreens through suburban streets trying to look like it's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Shadyfolks, the variegated holly fern is listed as hardy from zone 6 - 9 in "Ferns for American Gardens" by John Mickel. It also states it doesn't appear until early June in NY. I have 3 and they take their time to fill out and look best toward the end of summer for me. I do cover them with evergreen boughs after the ground freezes and they live in a fairly heavily mulched ground of leaf litter and spruce needles.They seem to be a good companion for the spring ephemerals. There is one caution for anyone gardening in warmer zones, they might be invasive in NC where they have escaped the garden and have been found in colonies in the wild.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
1:56 PM

Post #4409163

Thanks doss and sempervirens. I've only had my maidenhair ferns for two seasons now...I hope I won't have problems with them in the future, as well...would sure hate to lose those. I'd like to hear tips, too.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2008
4:41 PM

Post #4410150

My maidenhair ferns are happiest where they are protected under the eaves. They should be hardy here so I'm not sure why.

I did read that they like a slightly alkaline soil.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
4:43 PM

Post #4410159

I read that too about the soil, doss...which could explain why mine don't seem to do quite as well as the other ferns I have. Should I sprinkle lime around them, do you think? (very acid soil here)
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2008
5:29 PM

Post #4410340

You could certainly try it. It couldn't hurt..
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 16, 2008
8:26 PM

Post #4411225

Maiden hair - I have also heard that they like alkaline soil, but when I planted some, oh, probably 10 years ago I didn't know that. I stuck mine out in the woods, virtually no direct sun light, a high pretty dense canopy in sandy soil. A couple years ago I planted some tiny, tiny rhizomes in other perennial bed and they are living and hope they will soon start to take off.

Maybe some day if I come across the Indian Holly, I might try it. I just don't think I will go out of my way to find it so I can kill it :o)

Noreaster- I have to say that's a nice picture and what a beautiful section of your garden.

I have to say-It sure is nice looking at these great ferns pictures in the middle of January!!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 16, 2008
10:56 PM

Post #4411969

Here's a fern - but I can't remember what it is. There are other ferns in this planting but they are too small to show right now. They are up under the Japanese Maple tree. It's fun in the middle of winter to see, anyway.

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backspace
Saint Charles, IL
(Zone 5a)

January 17, 2008
1:49 AM

Post #4412887

doss Is that possibly an ostrich fern? The habit looks like it could be.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2008
3:55 AM

Post #4413400

I looked it up and it's Athyrium filix-femina (Lady Fern)
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 17, 2008
10:55 PM

Post #4416870

Doss,
What a beautiful corner, so nicely laid out. Must have taken a lot of planning? Is that a tree fern I see in the back corner??
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 17, 2008
10:59 PM

Post #4416892

Yes, it's a tree fern in a very silly place under a Japanese Maple. Of course it will outgrow this space but they are easy to transplant. They do grow slowly but I've seen them here reach the rooftops.

That corner is pretty overplanted although I do love the effect. The Lady Fern is just in the wrong place or I need to get to love it where it is.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2008
3:52 AM

Post #4418514

You sound like me...
There is a saying and I don't know who said it and I don't remember it to quote it, it went something like: a good garden spends half it's life in the wheelbarrow.
I know a few plants of mine that have gotten a couple of rides in the wheelbarrow, LOL! sounds like your garden is the same way :o)
I wish I could find out the exact quote and who said it.


doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2008
4:05 AM

Post #4418581

I wish that you could remember it too! LOL
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:19 PM

Post #4420590

I don't remember to stop by this forum very often, but I am a sucker for ferns. So I've come to play...

Northern Maidenhair fern with a bit of Sensitive fern on the right and possibly some Asparagus fern.

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:22 PM

Post #4420606

More Sensitive Fern

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:26 PM

Post #4420635

More Northern Maidenhair fern

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Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
5:27 PM

Post #4420640

my favorite that i can not grow any more is
Pteris-argyraea AKA: Silver-Brake
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/60943/
now that i have moved from a 10b to a 9a zone
i have tried 2 years now and it just doesn't like the winters here :-(

Dick

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:28 PM

Post #4420646

Dre's Dagger next to a Lady in Red

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Strever
Hiouchi, CA
(Zone 8b)

January 18, 2008
5:31 PM

Post #4420660

northern maidenhair or 5 finger also one of my favorites grows great here :-)
Adiantum-pedatum

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:31 PM

Post #4420663

Strever...for three years now I've been trying to get an Autumn Fern to survive a winter. Last year I put one between the house and the septic tank, in a sheltered spot and it survived! I finally found a little micro-zone for those plants that want to be just one zone warmer. Maybe you can still find just the right spot.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2008
5:37 PM

Post #4420695

Strever, Nice photos. The maidenhair certainly loves your garden and Dre's Dagger is just wonderful. Pteris ensiformis "Evergemiensis" will grow here. It's a variegated brake fern and gets to about 2 feet tall. You might want to try it. It's pretty vigorous in zone 9b.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54040/
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:49 PM

Post #4420760

Baby pics...Interrupted Fern

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:50 PM

Post #4420768

more baby pics...Sensitive Fern

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Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2008
5:52 PM

Post #4420776

marie, I really like the pic of the buddha (sp?) sitting in the ferns. On my 'to do' list is to make a seated sculpture of one of my dogs and I want to put it in the middle of a bunch of hay scented ferns that I have on the left side of my yard.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:54 PM

Post #4420794

Crested Japanese Painted Fern "Pictum-Applecort'

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
5:57 PM

Post #4420818

I have the Hay-scented Fern, and just love it. It has 'migrated' to some extent, but has been reasonably easy to control. However, I cannot imagine how it managed to pop up on the opposite side of the deck...and it's a big deck.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2008
6:15 PM

Post #4420911

I'm glad to hear that you haven't had too much trouble controlling it, as I've read a lot of conflicting stuff about it. I have a small bank of them between some tall pines, which is set apart from the rest of my garden by a path. Hopefully I'll be ok. If I can control my Lily of the Valley, I think I'll be ok with the ferns...their roots couldn't possibly run as deep as LOTV. On the other hand, I think I've got them in pretty ideal conditions, so maybe I am in trouble! I'm curious to see how much they've spread this coming Spring. Sensitive ferns are ferns that just seem to magically pop up here, I've noticed. How old are your Hay scented ones, Marie?

Here is the real Seamus sitting among them now...to be replaced by a statue Seamus in the future.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #4420942

Pretty cute dog Norester, and what lovely delicate fern photos Marie.
marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
6:24 PM

Post #4420953

The Hay Scented fern must be at least five years old. (I don't always have the best records.) If it weren't buried right now under a foot of snow and ice, I would run out and look at the tag. This pic was taken in 2005.

My advice is to avoid Sensitve Fern. It is a thug that does not have a deep root system, but spreads like crazy and I have had trouble getting rid of it. It's beautiful, but it is going places that are reserved for other plants.

Here you can just see the Hay-Scented fern behind the solid hosta and to the left of the bird bath. It stays low and really compliments everything else around it.

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marie_
West Central, WI
(Zone 4a)

January 18, 2008
6:28 PM

Post #4420970

What a sweet pooch!

Doss, thanks for the kudos. Thank goodness for digital cameras, because otherwise I would never be able to afford the processing of all of my duds. lol

And now, I just can't play any longer. It's bitterly cold outside and I have to finish shoveling all that pretty white stuff.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 18, 2008
6:30 PM

Post #4420981

That looks really nice, Marie. I also love it's low-ness and pretty light green color. Good to know you can grow it in with your other garden plants.

Sensitive fern is not one I planted...one year it just kind of showed up at the corner of the house, where the gutter drains. It's been expanding there ever since.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 18, 2008
8:09 PM

Post #4421424

Isn't it great to find a plant that fits a difficult spot like a drainsprout? Sometimes a "garden thug" is just what you need.

I agree about the digital cameras. I like to take photos of plants when they bloom so I know when it happens so I take a lot of photos and it's so easy to keep them organized by date and to find them by descriptions. That never would be possible with prints. I don't hesitate taking a lot of photos so I can try different light settings etc. either.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

January 21, 2008
10:09 PM

Post #4434546

Wow, I go away for long weekend (rented cabin near Cook Forest, PA for Birthday weekend) and I see this thread has been busy! Marie-so glad you decided to 'play' with us, great photos and same with strevers (of who I am zone envious). Noreaster-that's a great pooch you have and so photogenic! I have 70# yellow lab and when I have tried to get her to sit and take picture, she chooses to sit on the plant rather than next to it. So for this reason I don't have too many great shots of my Maggie :o)

I think I mentioned this before but wow is it nice to reminisce about our ferns in this frigid weather! Thanks for sharing.

doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

January 21, 2008
10:22 PM

Post #4434594

I'm lucky to have little dogs that like to go around my plants. However I pulled out all of the old hakone grass and they are very put out with me because the love to rip it off with their teeth. I don't know if you've ever felt hakone grass but it feels quite similar to velcro. Go figure.
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

January 27, 2008
8:56 PM

Post #4461332

Thanks, Shadyfolks. Seamus is a real ham when it comes to having his picture taken. My other BT just scowls at me. Both mine are pretty good about staying out of the garden when the plants are growing. Most of my plants are in raised beds, and just before the break dormancy I go around and put up those little wire edge fences around everything so that the dogs don't wander in and trample the new growth. Then when it's safe I take the fences down, and they pretty much respect it from there.

You really gave me a flashback when you mentioned a cabin in Cook Forest- I have been there a few times for family reunions when I was younger and it was always great fun. I remember the cabin we stayed at was near a spooky little mausoleum in a field on a hill.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 10, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #4648082

Ah! I just noticed this thread has come back to life! (Hey - I'm slow but I do catch up.)
Noreaster, Seamus is a cutie!

Most of my ferns are still asleep. This is from last summer. Ahhh, summer. :)

I was actually shooting the snail, but I like the way it shows off the colors of the J. Painted Fern.
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 11, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #4648389

Beautiful photo deb. That snail is very beautiful. Too bad that they eat plants.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2008
2:01 AM

Post #4648816

Thanks, Doss. True. But they don't seem to eat this particular fern, tho. :)
Noreaster
Maine
United States
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2008
3:28 AM

Post #4649141

That is a cool pic, Deb. The only ferns I have that slugs/snails seem to eat are the Hay Scented ones. I'm disappointed to hear that your ferns are still asleep, Deb, because that means mine are in a deep, deep sleep still! Hope yours wake up soon.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2008
4:03 PM

Post #4650581

That is a really cool picture, you should enter it in a photo contest...tis the season, so look around locally, you might be able to find one.
Shady
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 11, 2008
6:53 PM

Post #4651069

Sorry to break that news, Noreaster. We have had a couple of late freezes, so mine are probably a bit late.
Shadyfolks: Thanks!
Deb
NorthernSeasons
Bozeman, MT
(Zone 4b)

March 12, 2008
5:38 AM

Post #4653567

DebinSC: Your photo with snail & fern rocks!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 12, 2008
11:12 PM

Post #4655944

Why thank you!
I'm hoping to have more fern pics soon, but nothin' yet. I planted several 'evergreen" ferns last fall, but only one turned out to be actually evergreen. So, I'm waitin' and hopin' for signs of life.
Deb
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 19, 2008
4:33 PM

Post #4682538

My fave, it survived the winter~sold as a house plant and put to the test, it came through with shining colors! (or color, green lol)
pellaea rotundifolia

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 20, 2008
12:15 AM

Post #4684134

I love button ferns! Mine live in the garden also.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2008
2:25 AM

Post #4684891

Fernman: Very cool!
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 20, 2008
3:29 AM

Post #4685190

thanks...i love it, and was so ahppy to see it under the fall of leaves still green!
:D
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2008
11:37 PM

Post #4688239

Noreaster, my JPF woke up. :) Not a great pic, but...well..there it is.
Deb

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 20, 2008
11:38 PM

Post #4688249

Not my favorite fern picture, but definitely my favorite fern. I can't believe this one looks this good so early in the season.
Last year it was "brown to the ground".
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2008
12:24 AM

Post #4688431

That maidenhair is great for the springtime. I just cut the damaged part off of mine. It's one of my favorite ferns too.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 21, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4688439

Deb,
Is that A. Venustum? You are so luck to have ferns unfurling, I am green with envy. We still have 6" of snow on the ground with a few inches coming tomorrow, so we are told. Winter is getting a little long for me :~(
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2008
12:38 AM

Post #4688506

I believe that is the Southern Maidenhair fern
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/795/
Adiantum capillus-veneris
It's not hardy below zone 7.
Brrrrrrr...shadyfolks. And on the first day of spring too.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2008
12:47 AM

Post #4688578

Shadyfolks, Doss is right on the I.D. I 'll try to send springy vibes up your way.
Deb
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2008
7:09 PM

Post #4691662

gorgeous maidenhair...might steal it for my desk top! love the brightness, very springlike!!!!!!!!
:Darren
fernman23
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 21, 2008
10:22 PM

Post #4692308

The Southern Maidenhair has very black 'stems' (or whatever you call them on ferns) that really contrast with the pale green of the fronds. Beautiful. Your desk would be very happy.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2008
10:31 PM

Post #4692347

I posted a closeup of this same fern almost exactly a year ago on this thread that shows the black stems.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=3303393

It is very springy isn't it Fernman?
Deb
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2008
3:49 AM

Post #4693715

Beautiful photo Deb.
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2008
4:10 AM

Post #4693776

black part (all stems are petiole)s)
:Darren
fernman23

gotta learn that hyperlink thing, lol
meanwhile for some easy fern learnin : ( its where i go when i forget!)
http://hardyfernlibrary.com/ferns/glossary/FrondParts.html





doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

March 22, 2008
4:44 AM

Post #4693879

thanks for the link Darren. Petioles or stipes. Got it.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

March 22, 2008
11:10 AM

Post #4694237

hardy fern library is a GREAT reference site.
Well, it looks like we got 8" or snow last night :~( I wish I were looking at ferns unfurling, but no...I'm looking at a lot of white stuff.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2008
12:20 PM

Post #4694358

Darren: That's a very useful link! Thanks.
Shadyfolks: So sorry. Spring will come. :)
Deb
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

March 22, 2008
5:15 PM

Post #4695290

yes, its the weird time of year here: cold enuf for flannal in the morning, then the AC is needed in the afternoon, God i looove the desert, lol
:D
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
5:45 AM

Post #4774603

I love these ferns in my garden...what are they?

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Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2008
11:20 AM

Post #4774903

robcorreia,
hard to tell, can you get a better picture of a frond. It's a beautiful stand of fern you have!
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
3:55 PM

Post #4776151

Thanks Shadyfolks! I'll try to get a better angle...I have lots of different ferns but don't know which ones they are...
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2008
10:41 PM

Post #4777762

Beautiful stand of ferns rob. Perhaps they are lady fern? Just a guess looking at them so far away.
http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/lady_fern.htm
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
10:48 PM

Post #4777794

I think you got it Doss!
balvenie
Marysville, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 8, 2008
10:54 PM

Post #4777818

Woodland ferns and friends from many years past. Do not know the name(s), but like the aesthetics of the picture.

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
10:55 PM

Post #4777821

Very nice picture indeed!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 8, 2008
11:01 PM

Post #4777855

That's such a deep rich photo balvenie.

Rob, I grow ladyfern with my farfugium too. :-) Not a grand stand like yours though.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 8, 2008
11:18 PM

Post #4777947

Don't they look beautiful together? They looked dead when I moved in and now...ta-da!
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 9, 2008
4:01 PM

Post #4781742

Loved looking at all the fern photos.
This is my favorite

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
4:20 PM

Post #4781853

oH! I GOTTA have this one! Gardengus, what fern is this?? I love it!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4781887

Beautiful Gus. What kind of fern is it?

Lady ferns are decidious Rob. That's how come the disappearing act. Sometimes if the winter is really mild the fronds just look ratty instead of disappearing totally.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
4:26 PM

Post #4781908

Really? How naive of me! I had no idea ferns were decidious!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2008
4:28 PM

Post #4781929

Guess you learn something every day. :-)
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
4:32 PM

Post #4781958

Me? No, I have been learning SEVERAL things everyday! It feels so good and it's so funny everytime I realize how clueless I was just a few months ago. Can you believe not even 6 months ago in my old place I killed a lavender with watering...I saw it looking worse and worse and thought it was thirsty! LOL!!!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2008
5:56 PM

Post #4782335

I can believe it. We all make mistakes in gardening. I've overwatered (read killed) some hellebores in my lifetime and I still haven't figured out how grow seeds. Somehow I don't have the 'knack'. This winter I failed to check out a couple of pots and some hostas drowned. Learning in gardening never ends.

I also have a penchant for overplanting but I can't seem to get out of the habit.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #4782444

Overplanting is goood...raises the survival chances lol
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2008
9:39 PM

Post #4783306

Now I had never thought of it that way. LOL
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 9, 2008
10:31 PM

Post #4783560

I believe the fern I posted is a maidenhair fern.
It is my favorite photo but maybe not my favorite fern. there are so many beautiful ferns.
This one lives right behind my computer chair.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 9, 2008
10:42 PM

Post #4783612

What a nice companion to spend the days with Gus. It seems quite large for an indoor fern. You must take VERY good care of it.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 9, 2008
11:34 PM

Post #4783842

Does maidenhair fern spiral like that? That's pretty cool! I need to get one!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 10, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4784471

There are different types of Maidenhair Rob.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
More than you wanted to know I'm sure. I'm partial to the Southern Maidenhair which would very happily grow in your garden.
gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 10, 2008
3:12 AM

Post #4785032

I think this fern was photographed in the redwood forest of Washington state,so if you know what one it is, it might grow in your climate.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 10, 2008
4:16 PM

Post #4787190

Pretty awesome! I love the ones that grow on walls...I have no idea how they get there.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2008
2:00 PM

Post #4791796

gardengus; I love your photo.

robcorreia: I like the wall perchers, too. This spleenwort was growing on the side of the house (til the dog ate it).
Deb

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2008
2:00 PM

Post #4791799

I came across this one a few weeks ago.
Deb

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gardengus
Flora, IN
(Zone 5a)

April 11, 2008
4:59 PM

Post #4792650

OK who named it SPLEENWORT
such an ugly name for a plant.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 11, 2008
5:08 PM

Post #4792682

Yes agreed, what a name! lol
My mother in law has a stone wall with a bunch of those maidenhair ferns groing all over...it's gorgeous, wish I had a picture!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2008
5:58 PM

Post #4792915

So Rob - go visit your MIL camera in hand. I'd love to see it!
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 11, 2008
6:18 PM

Post #4793007

She lives in Brazil Doss! But I'm sure we've got some pics somewhere...
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2008
7:33 PM

Post #4793321

Somehow I thought that she might live far but hadn't considered Brazil! Living in the rain forest can do wonders for your ferns.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

April 11, 2008
9:23 PM

Post #4793928

No kidding. Ferns and everything else! When I go back home I bang my head against the wall in humiliation! Plants that we treat like precious little babies here just grow like weeds there!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2008
10:53 PM

Post #4794442

While we are at it I thought i would post some ferns that aren't here yet.
polystitchum setiferum divisilobem
One of my favorites although the ones I have are very young.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2008
10:57 PM

Post #4794464

Here's Asplenium scolopendrium or Hart's tongue fern

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 11, 2008
11:00 PM

Post #4794474

Dryopteris pedata - very cool

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

April 11, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #4794598

Ooh, like that d.pedata, Doss! I agree, very cool.
Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

April 12, 2008
1:36 AM

Post #4795205

Oh, I am loving looking at these pictures. They are ALL great shots!
Zarebeth
Circle Pines, MN
(Zone 4b)

May 7, 2008
1:07 AM

Post #4916602

Here is my fave... Japanese Painted Fern.

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2008
9:28 PM

Post #4920652

Nice photo beth. Here Japanese Painted Ferns just fade away. Not enough cold for them I think. It's wonderful to see such a healthy one. Nice photo too.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 7, 2008
9:48 PM

Post #4920825

reeeaaaaally? Here I go again. Lusting for plants I can't grow...
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2008
10:05 PM

Post #4920892

Really rob. They just won't grow for me. You can grow the East Indian Holly Fern though and it's pretty spectacular. (Arachniodes aristata var 'Variegata')
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 7, 2008
10:08 PM

Post #4920901

Thanks Doss! I can't find it on plant files though...could you send me a link whenever you can?
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 7, 2008
10:49 PM

Post #4921067

Here's Big Dipper's photo.
http://www.bigdipperfarm.com/cgi-bin/searchstuff.pl?Catagory=Fern

Here's the entry in the plantfiles
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/183246/
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 7, 2008
11:09 PM

Post #4921144

Oh how beautiful! Thanks Doss. OK, I can lust for this one now!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 8, 2008
1:10 AM

Post #4921657

You are welcome. It's always fun to enable plant lust of any kind.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2008
1:19 PM

Post #4923324

I have that one Rob (the East ind. Holly). They did well over the winter and have put out new growth now. Very pretty fern.

My experience with the Japanese Painted is they just don't like even moderately dry spots. Mine continually struggled until I moved them to my shadiest, muckiest, muddiest bed. Now they're happy and seem to get bigger each season. We have high humidity here; that may be why they didn't do as well for you there, Doss?.

Deb
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 8, 2008
3:07 PM

Post #4923774

Luckily no high humidity but they aren't in the wettest part of the garden. Thanks for the tip Deb.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 8, 2008
9:07 PM

Post #4925235

Deb, thanks for the tip! Unfortunately we are very dry here, altough I keep my ferns pretty wet, I think. But we can't really control the high heat!
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2008
12:06 AM

Post #4925919

Rob, I hear ya. We have the heat, but lots of moisture to go with it. I'll swap you. ;->

Here's a snail's eye view of Southern Maidenhair.
Deb

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 9, 2008
12:19 AM

Post #4925989

Beautiful photo Deb. It looks like a whole forest of maidenhair fern.
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2008
9:03 AM

Post #4927541

I love the curl at the tip of the maidenhair fern in your photo Debin.
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2008
10:38 PM

Post #4930302

I've never had much luck with ferns, but these Autumn Ferns aren't doing too badly, even with the goat's chewing on them non-stop!

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 9, 2008
10:54 PM

Post #4930359

LOL! Can you believe it took me at least a couple minutes to understand what you were saying!
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 9, 2008
10:56 PM

Post #4930365

LOL! My goat is close to the street and I see lots of folks do doubletakes as they ride by!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
12:18 AM

Post #4930645

Lussah - your ferns are certainly doing well. Autumn ferns are so hardy! What a treat for you neighbors to see what's going on in your garden.
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2008
1:12 AM

Post #4930878

Doss,
Thank you. I've been so pleased with these A. ferns that I planted 2 years ago that I have added many more in other spots. Holly fern has also done fairly well. However, this year and last, our latest freezes got some of its new growth. I found some polystichum polyblepharum today and plan to get it in the ground tomorrow. Just hope no one asks me to pronounce that! I'd have to go with 'tassel fern'!
I reckon my neighbors enjoy seeing what I'm doing. No one else around here is into gardening. I'm sure some of them wonder why I don't just plant lots of pretty flowers considering all the time and moolah I spend in/on the garden.
Melissa
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
3:51 AM

Post #4931394

Every once in awhile I find people looking at my gardens. A lot of my garden is in the front since we live on a corner with 24 foot setbacks so I grow bearded iris there and have roses and a perennial garden. Right now the iris are putting on a big show. I don't have much shade in front though. Somehow the street trees never made on our street.

I'll bet that more people are enjoying it then you think. Another easy fern to grow is Athyrium filix-femina or Lady Fern if you are thinking about branching out.
lussah
Orangeburg, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2008
11:45 AM

Post #4932002

I actually have a little bit of the Lady in Red fern. I'd planted it in the bed off the front porch and it looked scraggly so I moved it last year. I was amazed that it came back. I also have some other noids that have managed to hang on. I guess all the compost and mulch are working!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2008
2:13 PM

Post #4932483

My favorite picture if not fern. What is it? I've had these for a few years and don't remember what they were when I planted them. I've got one or two more for ID to follow.

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postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2008
2:14 PM

Post #4932489

Another to ID

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fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2008
4:55 PM

Post #4933038

DebinSC! sorry have been away from the puter...flooded room in the house took priority, lol. Thanks for the 2nd look and so great a shot! i have few new fronds on my rotundifolia (Button fern) yea!
:D

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 10, 2008
5:32 PM

Post #4933133

Postmandug - if you don't get an ID here then post your ferns in their own thread for ID purposes. Pretty ferns.
Love those button ferns. They will happily grow in the dark.
fernman23
HENDERSON, NV
(Zone 9a)

May 10, 2008
7:37 PM

Post #4933477

thanks, Doss!
:D
abbyday
Stamford, CT

May 16, 2008
12:25 AM

Post #4957192

Here are some maidenhairs in my woodland garden, 2nd year from bareroot. Love them, they are so delicate yet hardy.

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abbyday
Stamford, CT

May 16, 2008
12:28 AM

Post #4957206

Not sure what type these are but I love the way the morning light shines thru! Glorious!

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abbyday
Stamford, CT

May 16, 2008
12:31 AM

Post #4957218

Some more morning magic

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 16, 2008
3:11 AM

Post #4957942

Nice light effects with the photos Abby. The combo of the ferns with the tulips and ajuga is very pretty too.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 17, 2008
12:43 AM

Post #4962179

Abby: Love your morning ferns.

I kind of liked how this one turned out. Autumn Fern late this afternoon after a t-storm.
Deb

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tggfisk
Garner, NC
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2008
11:47 AM

Post #4963716

Deb, I just found this thread. Did I send you that Autumn Fern? I have chain fern coming up along a fence:-) Gonna be a great background for the hostas there!
Bev
sempervirens
Northern, NJ
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2008
12:50 PM

Post #4963862

Delightful photos and ferns.
The cinnamon fern is very elegant now.

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DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2008
1:29 AM

Post #4966616

Bev: Yes, you did! Glad you chain fern is growing. :)
Sempervirens: You cinnamon looks very happy! I have one that didn't do well last summer. I think it suffered badly from the drought and I was afraid it was gone. But it is now putting up little tiny signs of life. Yay!
Deb
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
4:24 AM

Post #4967305

Deb. beautiful photo!
Love the cinnamon fern semp. The early cinnamon "fronds" if that what they are called are so stunning.

gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
7:45 AM

Post #4967623

Doss
No match with yours but here is my little collection.
Kaleem

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gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
7:49 AM

Post #4967625

Here

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gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
7:51 AM

Post #4967629

Another one but I dont know the names of my ferns

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 18, 2008
5:26 PM

Post #4969080

Beautiful ferns Kaleem. I actually don't have a very wide selection. I love the last fern in particular.
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 18, 2008
6:03 PM

Post #4969224

Kaleem: Whatever they are, they're very, very pretty. :)
Deb
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
4:18 PM

Post #4973865

OK here are some fern pix i love.











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wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
4:21 PM

Post #4973876

again

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wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
4:24 PM

Post #4973888

5 fingered maidenhair

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robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 19, 2008
4:34 PM

Post #4973947

Beautiful ferns, everyone! Bev, I just your cinnamon ferns, I actually ordered a couple bare roots for myself this weekend...I have never seen one (I mean not in pictures) and I can't wait!
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
4:37 PM

Post #4973964

Great fern picks wonderearth. I love the lighting.
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
5:07 PM

Post #4974108

The lighting or lack there of in the redwood understory is magical : )
DebinSC
Georgetown, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2008
11:39 PM

Post #4975580

Wondereath: I love that 5-fingered Maidenhair; that's a new one for me.
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 19, 2008
11:53 PM

Post #4975645

I agree that the area under the redwoods is magical. I have a little corner of my yard filled with redwood trees and I'm still trying to get things to grow in the dark. I've found it's actually hard to photograph under there so hat's off to you for the photos. Here's my little redwood space.

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Shadyfolks
Chesterland, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 20, 2008
10:58 AM

Post #4977405

I'm enjoying all the Ferns! The thread is getting a little long so I thought I would start a new one: Favorite Fern picture Part 2
Here's the link -- http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/850790/

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gumlla

gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
6:11 PM

Post #4979075

Thank you Doss
This is really a wonderful thread because we can see lovely photos of the ferns.
My two more

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gumlla
Mirpur (A.K)
Pakistan
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
6:15 PM

Post #4979094

And

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doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
7:24 PM

Post #4979377

Love the coke box or whatever. That's at least as fun as the ferns!
wonderearth
Santa Cruz, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
9:20 PM

Post #4979902

Doss,
Have you looked into natives that grow under redwoods? I have some cool books about native plant communities that talk about companion plants for redwoods. Just a few are
flowers: Wester bleeding heart, red columbine (Aquiligia formosa), Smith's Fairy bells (Disporum smithii), trilliums, redwood violet, rue-anemone, california harebell, western heartsease (viola ocellata), mimulus dentatus
ground cover: insideout flower, wild ginger, forest anemone,
shrubs: pink flowering current, Rosa gymnocarpa
doss
Stanford, CA
(Zone 9b)

May 20, 2008
11:37 PM

Post #4980468

And I don't have a single one of those except wild ginger that has been in my garden for about 3 years and never spread. Button fern and astilbe seem to like it there. I've copied down your list and will do some research.
robcorreia
San Diego, CA
(Zone 10b)

May 21, 2008
4:55 AM

Post #4982049

Fluffy ferns, I feel like hugging them! What are they?

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