There's a bit of "dead" ground behind several bushes and in front of a tall wall where it's a bit dark for the usual garden plants. In previous years I've put out pots of Arisaema there and they seemed to appreciate the conditions. The huge leaves of course made it even darker so I decided to underplant with ferns. So far I've just lost the one ( the cat needed that spot for its toilet) and the rest are all looking relatively happy.
The Fernery is now bedecked with gravel (10mm and 20mm) plus Scottish pebbles between the river stones. I also have some paddlestones to lay but MrsG isn't too keen on those. They'll go on the extreme right and down against the path. I'll be putting some liverworts and mosses in so they should enjoy the surfaces. I still need two or three more different ferns to finish off the fern planting. It's turning into a nice little green patch where there isn't much else would survive in so dark an area.
Well I planted a few more ferns and it was looking like there was enough in there so I bought another and put that in. Now I'm resisting obtaining more ( perhaps that should be trying to resist) unless I see something really interesting ( there's always that rider ).
The amount of ferns in the Fernery is expanding , MrsG is getting worried. I have an order on the way which includes some Athyrium nipponicum varieties for the lighter shade areas. It'll be interesting to see if they're as colourful as the catalogues imply. I also had* to order Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae', it looks so unusual. Watch this space.
I look forward to seeing the new arrivals, you already have a nice variety , do you grow any tropical ferns Fred or has Mrs G banned them from the house:-) I grow a couple of the easier lecanopteris (ant ferns) as house plants , very cool looking plants in my opinion. The ferns are looking really good, a great way to use a darker corner of the garden, they look like they are thriving to me
Well. MrsG let me out on my own this morning to get some potting compost. Whilst at the nursery I spotted some ferns at £1.25 each. At that price I just had to select three of them. I believe they are semi-tender so will probably be kept potted and they'll be fair-weather visitors to the Fernery.
When challenged as to why I'd indulged myself with these plants I immediately told the truth, it was corky's idea.
The first one I thought was very interesting as the foliage is so unusual. The pinnae alternate with being angled up and down on the rachis so giving a cross-cross cruciform appearance. Roll on next spring to get the new, hopefully bigger fronds.
Athyrium filix-femina 'Victoriae'
The second although still an Athyrium was of interest due to the colouring.
Athyrium nipponicum 'Pewter Lace'
The deep burgundy of the rachis and the costae are a good contrast to the green-greys of the pinnae.
I finally got around to extending the Fernery on the one side of the path. I've added the five new ferns and a small group (6) of dog's tooth violets, Erythronium dens-canis . There are already some double snowdrops in there and a few other spring flowers to which I'll no doubt add over the next month or so.
Of the five ferns I just added there are really only the two below that are worth showing at this time.
The top one is the Spleenwort, Asplenium trichomanes, a small British native, I'd like a few more of these. The bottom is the Painted Japanese fern, Athyrium nipponicum 'Pewter Lace'. Close by that are another two different varieties. Spring should be interesting.
This is a Morrison's (£2) special. I acquired it a couple of months ago and it's growing very well and looks remarkably healthy. The ID is an educated guess ( perhaps not too educated) so if you know better please say so.
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