Sea of Ferns

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After the rain stopped around lunchtime today I decided to hike along the north side of the mountain where the ferns cover the landscape. July on the mountain brings a sea of ferns in this areas where the ground stays moist. The forest floor has changed so much in the last 4 months but I especially love the sea of ferns that take over this time of year.

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We only reached 63 degrees F yesterday but today we will be closer to 80 degree F. Not much sun to speak of yesterday, it rained all day and night and before it finished this morning we had slightly over 1 inch of rain.

 “We love the things we love for what they are.”   — Robert Frost

 

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Ostrich Ferns Emerge

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It’s finally warm enough for the Ostrich Ferns, they are emerging everywhere. The ones that get more sun have already completely emerged and the others in deeper shade are just now showing their fiddleheads!

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The Ostrich Fern grows all over the mountain in the shade in the wet low lying areas and along the creek beds. Some are 18 to 20 inches tall but in other areas where the trees are tall they are growing 3 to 5 foot tall.

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The Ostrich ferns are one of the most beautiful and showy ferns. As you can see they are erect in stature with graceful arching fronds that resemble huge ostrich ferns.

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These stand nearly 3 feet tall.

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Netted Chain Ferns

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We have a lot of the Netted Chain Ferns growing around our property here on the mountain. They really grow well in moist to wet soil and stand about 1 to 2 feet tall.

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The fronds are 5 to 8 inches wide and are deeply lobed sterile fronds. The y round veins above and below the leaf form a netted chain like pattern which is where the name comes from. The Netted Chain Fern colonizes by shallow slender rhizomes. And they can be transplanted easily. Be sure that you plant them in wet soil with very little to no sun as they love the shade and grow best in full shade, especially in South Carolina.

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Ostrich Ferns Gone Wild

Ostrich Ferns and Bishops weed

My Ostrich ferns have done extremely well this year and are absolutley beautiful! These ferns love a wet moist soil and this year we have had so much rain that they are loving it. The front of our house faces exactly North so I decided to planted six small clumps of Ostrich ferns across the front of the house two years ago. Mine are about 4 feet tall this year. Deer don’t like the Ostrich ferns so if you have deer around your place they won’t eat it. Last year they did grow well but this year they have gone wild.

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In front of the Ostrich ferns you can see my Bishops Weed or also called Snow on the Mountain. The foliage is variegated and forms a quick, dense weed-proof carpet. In zone 6, I am able to grow the Bishops Weed in the shade and sun as long as it gets watered regularly and will grow 10″ tall.  It is fast growing and can be invasive. It grows from a rhizome and just a small piece will grow a new plant. Early summer clusters of white flowers on stems will appear.  You will often find Bishops Weed in hosta garden! It will also grow well under tress when nothing else will grow there.

bishops weed also called snow on the mountain