March 4, 2008 at 7:06 pm (Gardening, Plants)
Tags: Ferns, Gardening, Plants
This post, “Fiddle Heads” was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
A favorite shade garden plant is the Holly fern (Cyrtomium falcatum). I have them all over the garden. I got my first ones from my dad. He had them growing on the north side of his house which was very shady due to the high fence and house next door. There was an edging made of bricks that surrounded the bed. Because the bricks stayed damp most of the time, this is where the spores from the ferns would rest and begin to grow. He would carefully peel off the small heart-shaped plants that would develop into the holly fern. He would plant these and keep them well watered. Soon they would begin to show the fronds and look like a regular holly fern. He gave me many of his “babies” to put in my garden.
I was thinking of this the other day when I took this picture of the fiddle heads that just started showing with the warmer temperatures we have been having lately. All of my ferns in my garden came from him. I have a few ferns that I have found growing on a brick planter by the entry garden where I have several of these ferns. I was happy to see that I must have the same growing conditions that he did. I have potted them up just like my dad did. Soon they will be large enough for me to give to my daughter.
So just like the cycle of the seasons, I am continuing the propagation of these wonderful, evergreen ferns like my dad did, and maybe one day my daughter will do the same.