I have no idea how old it is...what what you guys "guesstimate" ? I have many in my garden, they were already there when I moved in... One looked almost dead and a landscape architect who visited my DH had the guts to tell me "oh, just take it out, I don't thing you can nurse it back to life". HE WAS WROOONG! lol
What a peaceful spot! I too, like the Ghost fern, justs now I went to look up its botanical name Athyrium 'Ghost' and I guess I forgot that --‘Ghost’ is a deciduous hybrid fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum and Athyrium filix-femina)...That's probably why it's such a neat fern. I have a couple myself and years ago I had them planted in deep shade and almost killed them. I moved them just before total death consumed them and they came back and are thriving now with a bit more light. I was amazed that they were able to come back when they were so far gone.
I like your trough and how deep it is.
Is that a little fountain in the back?
My favorite fern is the one that finally came back for me. I haven't had much luck with ferns making it through the winter in containers, but this one surprised me. It's a Cystopteris bulbifera -- bulb or bladder fern. I bought it because the description said it could grown under many difficult circumstances. It also migrated to a pot with Blue Mouse Ears hosta in it!
That is a pretty little fern, Revclaus. They certainly go hand in hand with hosta, don't they?
Gotta love those Japanese Painted ferns...love your moss, too Bev. Ferns and moss also go hand in hand!
Doss, you should give the ghost ferns a shot, and I hope you have better luck with them. They just really shine. Here is another one with Asarum Canadense..I like these together.
Shady, yes, that is a fountain I made out of hypertufa in the form of a little millstone. I put all my mini hosta in hypertufa pots because it seems to keep the slugs off them. I have some huge hypertufa pots I made this Spring which I'm still trying to figure out what to put in them. I might have gone a little overboard with the 'tufa.
No, I have no idea what kind of rock it is...I just call it "ledge", which is in pretty much everyone's yard around here. Our big piece of ledge forms the backdrop to one of my beds, and ferns look especially good in front of it. Here are the Lady in Red ferns. I'll have to ask my father in law if he knows what our rocks are.
Very lovely Noreaster. That brunnera was a very good choice for the center of that planting. You can't even tell that you took out the hosta. And I love the blue hosta with the silver ferns. Nice combination!
Don't be jealous, staceysmom- our yard has some nice built in natural features, but it's really pretty small. I'm totally out of room to do anything more at this point. All I can add is annuals, which depresses me. I always see new plants that I have to have, but then I have to remind myself that I can't have them, unless I want to get rid of other things.
Yes it was very beautiful! We hoped to catch all the native rhododendrons in bloom but missed them by a few days. We had been to Munchkin Gardens ( http://www.munchkinnursery.com/) the previous weeked in Southern Indiana and took a tour and bought some plants too. Gene was very delightful in showing us all the plants he had. Thank goodness we went because we saw literally millions of the very plants he had shown us such as Trillium, Solomon Seal, Lady Slippers, Foam Flowers, Heuchera, Jack In The Pulpit and ferns growing wild there. It was like being in OZ now that we knew what we were looking at! I had probably seen these plants all my life and just thought they were "weeds". We went last fall too but after the drought we had this past summer the plants just weren't as noticeable. Can't wait to go back!
Yeah I meant go back to Red River Gorge!, but yes we already have a fall trip planned back to Munchkinland! Did you look at the pics of his garden? They have a very good rating on Garden Watchdog too if you need any shade loving plants. This is a pic of part of the gardens looking up the hill.
They need a copy of your photo on their website Doug! Yes I did go through their photos. What a great lot of hardscaping making everything look beautiful. They didn't have a photo of that great path though.
Someday I'll get a good photo of this fern. Not my favorite photo, but a favorite fern for sure.
Arachniodes simplicior 'Variegata' (East Indian Holly Fern, I believe).
By the way, I got a Ghost Fern from the "nearly dead" sale rack at Lowe's today. Anyone know if they can take any sun at all? Tag says "no direct sun", which, in out climate, usually means no sun at all. Thanks,
Deb, my Ghost Ferns don't get any direct sun and they seem to like it like that. I'd think-especially if they are already Congrats, though on finding a great fern at a super price. I love this one:-)
Very pretty Holly Fern!
DebinSC--Now granted I am a lot more north than you, but I had my 'Ghost' in deep shade and almost killed them. I put them in a spot that gets sun in morning and dappled shade, but bright light,most of the rest of the day and they do great.
postman- We leave the 25th & come home on the 29th. It's a short break but that's all the time we have to get away this summer. I'm not complaining, we have a major trip planned for November, that's were all our vacation time is alloted for this year.
Here's a picture of our little camper, we just love it. it's nimble and real quick to set up, keeps us high and dry, better on gas mileage than one of those big boxes and it's a lot bigger than our old tent...
Postman- Yes, ours has A/C, furnace, refrigerator, stove & microwave! We don't even have A/C at home,lol! They have really tiny models to one that is large than ours. you can even get one with a bathroom if you wanted. I have no idea how much they run for these days...Here's a link to the manufacture: http://www.aliner.com/design/