|How can you not grin when faced with this lovely little fern?|
|I just love the fronds, not like the classic fern shape everyone thinks of at the word, "fern."|
I'm not exactly sure which species it is, but I believe it is most likely Doryopteris palmata. If anyone should stumble upon this post and knows better, I would be pleased to benefit from an expert ID! Together with the much smaller and less vigorous heart fern, this sneaky beauty resides in a large punch bowl-turned-dish garden with a Breynia disticha 'Minima', Sinningia 'Lil Georgie', Pilea 'Moon Valley', and Pteris quadriaurita 'Tricolor'. The pilea has been cut back and will not be making the trip to Washington State with the rest of my plants, nor will the Pteris, which is starting to take off after cutting back the pilea and will get WAY TOO BIG for my dish garden. Really the whole thing needs to be rearranged, but that can wait until after I move.
Actually, I couldn't help doing a little rearranging as I took these pictures. If the branches or ladle seem to jump around a bit, it's because they did! The ladle came with the punch bowl, so I kept it and used it as part of the design.
|You can see a tiny bit of pilea left as a bright green patch in the back on the right side. It will be removed completely when I disassemble the dish garden for the move.|
|I readjusted the piece of vine across the top and switched the ladle to go right instead of left. That puts the cuckoo fern and the Breynia in the "back" of the design, and was much easier than moving the plants would have been!|
|Meanwhile, beneath the Doryopteris, the heart fern continues on with it's life,|
headless of the drama playing out above it.
Ok, so I slipped in a little more than just my favorite for the week. My bad.
My favorite plant (in the garden) this week is hosted by the Mistress of Danger. I'm choosing to ignore the "in the garden" part until I have a garden from which I can select favorites, but I think she's willing to humor me for a while. To see this week's darling of the Danger Garden, click here. Don't forget to check the comments for other bloggers' favorites!
Until next time...