Wednesday Vignette January 4, 2017



Yesterday I discovered ferns growing in the top of the Koi pond shower filter.  I didn't plant them;  the wind dropped a spore in just the right place.  Huh.  How 'bout that? 

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  1. Loree's said that ferns are the new "it" plants. Receiving one express delivery care of Mother Nature is pure magic.

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    1. It was a surprise. I've often thought plants growing in the top of the filter would look great but have not figured out what plants to use.

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  2. Oh, perfect landing spot! I rescued a really cool fern start that had planted itself in a planter with a Date palm. I'd say, yours selected a far better place to sprout!

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    1. Well they won't dry out there, for sure!

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    1. Not seeing anything saying that ferns are toxic to fish--that matters most!

      That spot does get a lot of direct sun, so if sunburn becomes a problem, they may have to go if they are constantly scorched. Right now the plan is wait and see.

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  4. The best kind of gift. Do you know what kind of fern it is?

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    1. Not a clue--not even sure it's a fern, it just seems like it is. Stem first appears with two paired leaves, then the leaves become alternate. Very plastic-y feel. There's another one not in the photo that appears to be a sword fern, perhaps Polystichum munitum. I don't know ferns at all. A garden with almost no shade in a dry climate, y'know?

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    2. I know what you mean! Ferns are a rarity here, although I have a Blechnum gibbum that has survived in a shady corner of the front yard for years now.

      On my hike in the Waterman Mountains outside of Tucson last week, I discovered a fern that has no problem in that climate: Cheilanthes villosa. I think there are more desert ferns than I was previously aware of. I'd love to try some but finding them will be hard...

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  5. Mother Nature is one crazy lady! It looks to me like a holly fern.

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    1. Holly fern, I think you are right, thanks! Ma Nature--not as nuts as humans are!

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