Pteridomania - the Victorian Fern Craze
A childhood memory is the fern in my grandparents’ living room, sitting on an oak stand before a south facing window, where it flourished. I wonder if those mid century ferns brought Granny sweet memories from her Victorian Era childhood.
We’ve had some success with ferns, but most of the time they succumb to our kindness. Each Spring I go about searching for the perfect fern.
The back porch ferns, seen in a previous post, were found a few weeks ago at Lowe’s, at the unbelievably low price of $6.50. I purchased 5. One for the porch fireplace hearth. The other four will hang beside the patio. For now we are coddling them. It tends to get a tad frosty in April, so they are being sheltered. How beautiful they all look sitting on the back porch; a sea of ferns.
While running errands, I spotted this huge fern at Kroger. Yes, this beauty is from the grocery store!
One of the Kroger ferns found a home in the dining room. The other is in a stand on the back porch. Our front porch faces west. Ferns don’t really thrive at that exposure. I’ll look for sweet potato vine and other plants, that don’t mind the afternoon sun, for the front porch urns.