Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Perfect Spot

I have a confession to make. I go through a lot of maidenhair ferns every year. I buy them all the time to keep inside the house, knowing that they will only last a few months, if I'm lucky. But to me they are so lacy and airy and pretty that I consider them a necessary expense. Just like a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers that brings me joy for a week or so. I am capable of keeping them thriving in the house for quite a while. They do need light, but the most important thing they need is constant moisture. If they dry out they die, simple as that. Because I get busy and travel, I do lose them regularly, or they just start looking shabby and I stick them out in the garden and let nature take its course. But look at this one that has found the perfect spot in the Moonlight Garden. It has been there for years and is just as happy as could be. It is simply a matter of a temperamental plant in the perfect spot.

3 comments:

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Fern is different here, it will grow on trees and on the ground. We have one staghorn fern that sticks it's massive body to a massive tree.....

Lucy said...

Have never managed to see a plant as ephemeral - which is daft. As you say, we buy cut flowers and let them go when they die. Good that this one has happily stayed though.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

I've done the same thing. I've kept maiden hair ferns alive for long periods of time, and bam. Miss one day and they are gone. So I don't have enormous high hopes for a long life inside. And I DO know one that is growing nearby that is perfectly happy outside and I'm amazed each time I see it!