Friday, November 22, 2013
Continuing on in the theme of subjects you all have asked me about...I give you Christmas ferns! I believe it was Erin, maybe, that asked me about these prolific native ferns. I have always adored the look and feel of fern glades and so to have land so imbued with them is very enjoyable. If you enlarge the photos you can see a little better just how thickly they grow here. I have about 5 or 6 species of ferns but the Christmas ferns are by far the most populous. Several of these "clumps" grow fairly close to the house also, so I don't have to look far to enjoy them.
I thought this article HERE, on the ferns was well done and interesting. I do often use the fronds for decorations and additions to Christmas wreaths but I'm wondering if they are going to make it that far this year. We are already having lows in the 20's at night so they may go to sleep before Christmas this year. Or not.
I tried to get a real good close-up of the shape of the little leaves but I had let it get too late in the afternoon for taking photos like that. These ferns, of course, like shady areas and it was overcast to boot so the lighting was fading fast. There are so many of these ferns here I have even thought of potting up some to sell at the farmer's market. But, that's a chore for days much farther in the future when I have fewer, more pressing projects and hopefully more energy for such.
If I can ever get the landscaping started behind the house and some flower beds going, these ferns will be featured heavily. I love to go up in the woods and just sit amongst them. They emit a very peaceful and ancient air.