Introducing the ferns

I have long wanted a fern in my garden and finally a couple of weeks ago I acquired two from RHS Wisley. These were destined for the spot between the fence and the pond.

The roots are said to be a sugar substitute. As some ferns may be carcinogenic, sugar may prove to be the better (regular) option.

However, two weeks ago, the phacelia was in full swing and the bumblebees were loving it. It therefore didn’t seem the best time to plant anything else, so the ferns have had to wait until now to get their feet in the soil.

I’ve put cardboard round the ferns to minimise weed/phacelia competition. Hopefully, it will also help the soil retain moisture, particularly until the ferns grow and cover the soil more themselves.

I think there are spaces for other plants along that border

but I will see how the ferns progress first. In the meantime, I have amassed a large amount of phacelia seed. The bumblebees continued to feed off it even when it was in a pile on the ground but I wonder if the recent rain hasn’t sent them a little doolally. One tried the same on my plain brown jumper this morning.

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About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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19 Responses to Introducing the ferns

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Great work Helen, love ferns too and they grow wild around here plentiful. It sure is wet enough for them this early summer 🙂

  2. They are a great asset to a garden

  3. Clare Pooley says:

    I would love to have a variety of ferns in my garden. We have three (probably bracken) that have appeared out of the blue.

  4. skyeent says:

    That pond is starting to look established, the ferns will really set it off. I love the way fern fronds unfurl in spring. We have several that grow wild here, even some that grow in my polytunnel where you would think it a bit hot. I’m thinking of getting some fiddlehead ferns, which are ones that are considered safe to eat when young.

    • Helen says:

      I considered fiddleheads but couldn’t find a source to buy them, as far as I remember.

      I’m often surprised by how plants grow outside their normal bounds. The latest is succulents which shouldn’t have been so happy with a month of rain.

      • skyeent says:

        The ostrich fern (which produces the edible ‘fiddleheads’) are offered as ornamentals in the UK, so not necessarily vegetable and fruit suppliers. I tend to do most of my garden shopping online by neccessity, because of my location. Look for
        Matteuccia struthiopteris or shuttlecock fern and there are several nurseries offering it.

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