Happy Fern in Deep Shade - Teardown Fern 2018
Ferns are shade lovers. And, as you know, I'm a shade gardener. This is a big fern that I harvest out of Nat's sister's yard earlier this Summer and it is happy in this photo. I took this earlier this month on one of my after-work walks as things started to head into their Autumn state and the plants start to die back. This fern weathered the transplant shock and is now thriving with new growth. It is very different than our Ostrich Ferns, but I'm not sure what variety it is quite yet. I ended up tossing it into the ground all the way in the back and you can see it mixed in amongst weeds - for now.
Next Spring, I'll see how big this clump comes up and maybe I'll be able to split it into two ferns - and think about putting one down as part of the garden walking path that I've sketched out in my own mind somewhere along the northern fence line. In my head, next Spring (of 2019) was going to be the season of building out more hardscape surfaces (walkway), but maybe getting in some plants and marking the paths out is going to be on the agenda, too?