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Fond of Fronds

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by micearguers, Mar 19, 2024.

  1. Butterfly6

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    Thank you for such a detailed reply @micearguers. Although at the top of the hill we get some shelter from trees (ours and the neighbours) so not too exposed. I will have some enjoyable time looking up the ones you’ve mentioned and I probably need to look more carefully at the location as to what the moisture levels are like in summer. I won’t be ready to plant u til Autumn anyway so have time to investigate.

    We’re very lucky soil wise. Our small group of houses were originally farm workers cottages built in the 17th century and our gardens have been cultivated for a long time
     
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    • On the Levels

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      @Butterfly6 Our Osmunda is planted near our pond. It gets early sun in early months and then as the summer comes it is in the sun for most of the day. We have many harts tongue ferns (all self spored) all over our garden. Most are in full sun. We also have 5 Matteuccia ferns with 3 of them again being in full sun. Our soil is heavy clay.
       
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      • Papi Jo

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        That's a lot of interesting ferns... are they mostly in containers or in the ground? Looking forward to more details and pics...
         
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        My pot of athyrium Ursula’s Red was infested with wine weevil larvae - after picking all of them up there were barely any roots in the soil. I’ve tried to rescue the plant, but I’m not sure it will survive. Just a warning in case anyone grows them in pots as well.

        I need to check my adiantum fern…
         
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        • On the Levels

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          @Papi Jo all our ferns are in the ground. We love having them and most are evergreen so colour through the winter.
           
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            My dream garden would have an area that was wet, mossy and ferny with water dripping down a wall. The drippy sound is essential
             
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            • micearguers

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              I've taken a few pictures from fiddleheads and unfolding ferns. I'm pretty sure I have the names correct, but (1) so many ferns acquired over a long time (2) poor administration (3) fern identification is hard! (4 - busy busy). My resolution this year is to pay more attention to the fine details required for identification.
              (a) Polystichum polyblepharum
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              (b) Polystichum neolobatum
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              (c) Polystichum munitum - very fluffy.
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              (d) Polystichum setiferum, probably Herrenhausen. Fiddlehead is very appropriate for this spiral!
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              (e) Cyrtomium falcatum. Another one with personality, a little bit timid still.
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              • micearguers

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                Oh forgot an absolute favourite - (f) Dryopteris atrata IMG_20240322_125613.jpg
                 
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                  Have just ordered some of those after looking it up :blue thumb:
                   
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                  @Loofah Do you mean the athyrium? Yes, it’s a nice fern. It’s been slow growing for me and took a while to fill the pot, but it was a poor specimen to begin with (ordered bare-root online).

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                  It also takes a while to show the nice pattern on the leaf.
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                    Yes, the Ursula red. I have another one knocking around somewhere but not sure on variety. No big plants as I keep splitting them up!
                     
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                    @micearguers Beautiful pics of lovely fronds. Thanks for posting... now to find time for identification, administration, etc.!
                     
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                      Mostly potted at the moment...a couple are in huge pots though!
                      The squarrosa is starting to sucker up with a few more trunks, after being severely damaged a few years ago by the beast from the east
                       
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                      Could somebody identify this self seeder - or at least confirm it's not bracken!
                      It's in a bad place. Can I move it?
                       
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                      • BB3

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                        @Papi Jo . Can you identify my little fern?
                         
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