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Dont you just love Ferns?

28 June 2012 19:20:54
Well I love ferns and I know there are many other admirers out there. Now I know you might think that one fern looks pretty like the next and there's not much variety but I dare anyone to look at my new photo albumn on ferns and not tell me theres a vast difference between many ferns.

Now of course it's hard to tell the difference between one fern and another sometimes unless you label well or are an expert but once you have them together you can often see the subtle differences between them.

Last year I created a fernery to display many of my ferns to good effect now I find i could nearly do with a second one as I've run out of space in it but not my enthusiasm for collecting them :)

If you haven't any ferns in your garden then try at least one there dead easy low maintenance and in the right spot will reward you for most of the year .. expecially for those damp dark spots people always seem to have...

Just to say I know there were site issues but to load the photos in the album was an adventure for the whole afternoon... school holidays tomorrow.. having a stiff drink tonight to brace myself :D

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 28 June 2012 19:28:10

Bill your pics are a fabulous reference for ferns. What a huge variety you have . I look forward to your visit and some suggestions as to where I might set up a second Fern area. Personally I don't like keeping them in pots.

Myrtle Myrtle 28 June 2012 19:28:37

What a collection! and all the names! I have only 2 and I'd have to look up my photos to even remember their names :)

fran m fran m 28 June 2012 19:45:05

Bill, Great photos. I'm with you all the way on this issue as well you know.

I'll join you with a drink, no reason really, don't like to see a man drinking alone ;-))

Hi to the troops, and hope they enjoy the hols ;-) 

Michelle finn Michelle finn 28 June 2012 20:07:57

i love ferns bill and glad you got photos uploaded trying since lunchtime and no luck. i fallen in love with them and bought some this year as well to add to my shady area. i am the same as myrtle i wouldnt have a clue as to their names off to see your photos i have a picture in my album of some of mine when i get to upload them 

ladygardener ladygardener 28 June 2012 20:08:01

That's a great resource you just gave us Bill, I'll be going back to your album again and again.  Unfortunately the digger driver I had recently, who was so obliging and fearful of harming a nasturtium, was not as careful with ferns, and they were in a dark corner like native ferns would be so you couldn't blame him they got squashed.  'Ghost is one I would like a mass of I have the right spot I must google the condidtions.

Michelle finn Michelle finn 28 June 2012 20:11:59

wow im green with envy pardon the pun. and to know the names yikes i love the grey ones alot will have to go hunting for some different ones as i think they are so woodlandy and i love that theme 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 28 June 2012 20:14:44

It would be great if we had a special area on the site for storing photo references like this to save having to go back through journals.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 June 2012 20:26:42

A great collection of ferns and they look great in the area that you decided to plant them. Mary

andyf7 andyf7 28 June 2012 21:37:05

a mere 59 ferns bill, :-) you do like your ferns and thats for sure, just to let you know, 

the 6th last fern did not upload for you. fantastic collection, with more to follow id say. 

corktony corktony 28 June 2012 21:39:47

great album - thanks

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 28 June 2012 22:52:29

Beautiful collection of ferns and the photos with full names is really helpful!

HeadGardener HeadGardener 29 June 2012 00:33:48

Thanks everyone I did the album as much for my own reference as anything else :D Thanks Fran not into drinking alone normally :D  Anne Athyrium nipp. 'Ghost' like lots of ferns like moist soil in shade. However when english books say dry its really dry and when they say moist the meet moderatly moist (and not boggy) irish weather suits ferns very well and Athryium ghost grows well for silver foliage I would also recommend Athyrium nipp Pictum (the Japanese painted Fern) and Atryium otophorum 'Okanum'.  Thanks Andy bet it that dryopteris felix mas pic had real trouble with that, some of the pics are fuzzy but will try to replace with better pics when I can

Spideog Spideog 29 June 2012 02:29:27

Lovely looking fernery, Bill - seems to have filled out nicely. Love the edging and all the rocks, too - very naturalistic - well done! ;D

MartinB MartinB 30 June 2012 08:45:59

Looking good Bill and will look even better when they fill out :-)

MartinB MartinB 30 June 2012 08:51:35

Will have to give some babies on next meet up.

Dick Dick 03 July 2012 23:00:26

Bill, You are leaving us all in the shade:)

Scrubber Scrubber 31 July 2012 14:53:46

Was going to say 'No I just drive through it!' but didnt. Sr Josephine would have you wash your mouth out with soap as I am sure there are a few swear words in among all those titles! Seriously though many thanks for a wonderful descritive phoo session. I had no idea of the variety of all of those ferns. many thanks indeed. You is de MAN!

Scrubber Scrubber 06 March 2013 15:27:02

Good to see you back on line again. Dont worry about swallowing frogs. A bit at a time does it just as well.! Hope you are keeping well.

MartinB MartinB 06 March 2013 21:20:38

Yes thank you

HeadGardener HeadGardener 06 March 2013 23:23:23

Peter and Martin thanks for that :D

Johnplotman Johnplotman 30 March 2013 19:07:14

Good luck with all your section of ferns,Bill.I have a fern in the garden here [cleaned out a garden about 18 months ago ] and in the summer you can give me its name.I left it in a long tub.

Bupleurum longifolium looking good now

24 June 2012 00:11:02

I was going to do a long journal about my shady bed and big leafed plants but wore out visiting journal so a quick one. I noticed this today in the garden (before it rained) and though it looked good it was stunning in Oliver Shurmanns garden last year at bloom. Although I had bought it from Mount Venus a couple of years before that..

then when I went to my plant database to check spelling I noticed I'd missed it completely and didn't have it listed.. although this has happened before I'm ashamed to admit LOL

See everyone who's going  to Hazels tomorrow I'm not prepared at all will have to get the finger out not sure what to bring or what others have but will bring a few bits and bobs maybe.

Hosta Hosta 24 June 2012 00:40:01

Oh that reminds me I have a packet of seed of that which I had forgotten about.  Ah well there's always next year.

Enjoy the day tomorrow, sadly won't make it but another time perhaps.

andyf7 andyf7 24 June 2012 01:34:31

enjoy the visit tomorrow and i hope the weather is kind.

fran m fran m 24 June 2012 06:50:43

Bill, don't be ashamed, no need at all, we understand.

It is good to admit these errors, and move on, no more shall be said about it.   LOL  ;-))

Not much for Hazel's myself, the cupboard is rather bare, see you later. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 June 2012 07:01:19

Hope you all have a brill time. Not looking too bad out there.

Badger Badger 24 June 2012 10:18:32

Like your photos, keep up the good work.

Lìga Lìga 24 June 2012 21:58:28

Would love to see it in flower bed,look nice!

LindaB LindaB 25 June 2012 10:33:08

Fab Bill


Peony 'Flame' finally opens

22 June 2012 17:46:50
I got this Peony about four years ago from Robert in Altamont it has always flowered but it has been slow to bulk up (this may have to do with me I dont know) this year it has two flowers and is standing out in the border along with my pink Papaver orientalis 'Raspberry Queen' one of several papavers looking good now. I noticed Carol Kleine talking about it on GW last week funnily enough.
MaryJoe MaryJoe 22 June 2012 17:49:10


Jacinta D Jacinta D 22 June 2012 18:25:52

That's a beauty. But I think the name 'Flame' doesn't suit it. 

andyf7 andyf7 22 June 2012 19:12:05

great colour to it and good pic too, almost has an open rose look to it. i like it.

Hazel Lodge Hazel Lodge 22 June 2012 19:36:23

It may not be flame red, but it's still a beauty!

accsean accsean 22 June 2012 19:36:50

That is really lovely. My herbaceous Paeonias were banjaxed by the late May frosts unlike my two tree Paeonias which were fabulous this year.

Myrtle Myrtle 22 June 2012 19:54:06

Very nice, Bill :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 June 2012 20:08:58

Beautiful flower, they do take a while to bulk-up. A mulch of compost in spring helps, but not on the crown. Mary

LindaB LindaB 23 June 2012 14:53:19

Lovely Bill

HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 June 2012 22:51:40

Thanks everyone.. Andy a good few of my new herbatious peonies are similarly banjaxed but I don't put a journal up for that LOL  Mary thanks will keep that in mind next spring.

Dick Dick 24 June 2012 20:45:42

Lovely flower Bill. I will have to look out for something like it.

Lìga Lìga 24 June 2012 22:02:01


Is it not to deep planted Bill?Or in shade(don't look like)?

Remembering Sunnier Days on year on..

21 June 2012 14:42:37
Sorry I have been missing off the site for a while between being unwell (again) and trying to get things done I haven't had the time to get on. Trying now to get as many big jobs done before the kids are off at the end of next week. It's hard to believe that mis summers day has gone it didn't feel like the longest day of the year last night I can tell you, :D

Anyway the rain is making masses of stuff burst out especially the shady garden where all the big leafed plants are doing brillantly my gunnera is very large, as are my rheum, darmera, several ligularias etc...

Myexotic bed has just been planted up last year the week before my open day I planted everything out in glorious sunshine and that day was such a hot day too it worked out perfectly of course and the next day it lashed.. anyway it's good to think back to how well it went although I think this year i would not have been up to the work needed.

When/if I get time I hope to put up a couple of albumn I have spent a day classifying and photographing my ferns. Also lots of things now flowering and looking good although I dont have the time or inclination to be putting up a journal every day, there is something new that catches your eye every day now.

Anyway I hope to try to get to Hazels and Elizabeths open days.

LindaB LindaB 21 June 2012 14:58:00

Here's hoping for Sunnier Days Bill!  That was a great day last year!

fran m fran m 21 June 2012 15:04:14

It was a great day for sure Bill.

It was lashing here all morning, sun is now out and steam is rising looks weird, but glad to see it. 

andyf7 andyf7 21 June 2012 20:25:06

i agree its sure not the mid summer we dreamed of in december. sorry to hear your not

the best again, hope you turn that corner soon.  good gardening to you. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 21 June 2012 23:24:33

Bill - your Open Day was one of my first experiences and was part of the reason I had the courage to go for it this year! Sorry you haven't been well.Hope you are on the mend again.

Keego Keego 22 June 2012 21:23:15

Where did that year go - hope you are feeling better frustrating not to be at full strength

Joybells Joybells 22 June 2012 22:17:12

You were blessed with that day last year Bill, its such a challenge this year with the weather...so sad to see all the poor flowers bedraggled with the rain and wind....but we soldier on...hope you feel better soon!

HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 June 2012 22:42:25

Thanks everyone yes Joy we were blessed or maybe just lucky this afternoon today was miserable and looked worse in Portlaoise as I watched the KK v Dub game so I think again that Hazel is lucky to be having her open day tomorrow and not today.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 23 June 2012 22:48:40

Fingers and toes all crossed at this point :-))

HeadGardener HeadGardener 23 June 2012 22:59:30

no need I'd say Hazel looking good.. as long as all the edges are done and everything symmetrical you'll be grand LOL 

Inspired by Fran

14 June 2012 00:04:07
Inspired by Frans poppy pic decided to put up my own love the way this branches five flowers at different heights :-)
JoanG JoanG 14 June 2012 00:09:00

Ooh, that is stunning Bill, luscious red. 

AitAlainn AitAlainn 14 June 2012 00:11:00

I planted one of those last week but its not near flowering yet. Lovely to see what I have to look forward to.

Violeta Violeta 14 June 2012 00:53:08

Great photo,Bill. I think Papavers stands out best with the stones on the background.:-)

milliemouse1234 milliemouse1234 14 June 2012 02:07:19

A real florist flower Bill, it's  lovely  and so vibrant

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 June 2012 06:03:49

Gorgeous. I think I can see something like that down the garden. Going out with the camera now!

fran m fran m 14 June 2012 06:24:56

Like it Bill.

''Inspired'' by god I'm good, LOL

TerriShoos TerriShoos 14 June 2012 06:28:35


Lìga Lìga 14 June 2012 10:29:13


LindaB LindaB 14 June 2012 10:46:57

Great shot Bill, love that Poppy, yes rocks and stones in a garden help to show off plants, great mix of greens too, everything is so lush.  I know we are sick of the rain but the garden is thriving on it, shame about the wind though!

Keego Keego 14 June 2012 14:45:24

Bill great photo and garden looks great when is your open day this year:) Gerry just planted this same poppy in today only one flower but lovely vibrant red -Is that Helenium or  Phlox alongside everything looks so healthy - hope your back is doing ok

HeadGardener HeadGardener 14 June 2012 17:13:30

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.. now now Fran don't lose the run of yourself LOL  Mary I'm not planning on having an open day this year.. but when the back is up to it your welcome down for B&B :-) as is anyone to visit.. (well most people anyway LOL)

Dick Dick 14 June 2012 17:30:08

Lovely display Bill.

ladygardener ladygardener 14 June 2012 18:55:28

Lovely shot Bill and I'm only just beginning to see the beauty in rocks you've some lovely ones there.

andyf7 andyf7 14 June 2012 21:31:24

looks really good at the different levels.


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