Monday, April 19, 2010
The Wood Fern is Emerging From It's Winter Sleep.
I love Wood Fern! It's so easy to grow and although it requires daily light watering during the hottest of Summer...it'll reward you with HUGE showy fronds that for me define Mother Nature at her ethereal best!
My care tips: Plant in the Spring or Fall where the Wood Fern will get gentle early morning sun. Avoid any hot direct sunlight especially during Summer. Plan on daily light watering from Spring through Fall so as to avoid dry soil around the ferns. I cut mine back to the ground after the first freeze and scatter the mulched fronds back over the garden bed. When Spring first starts to tease us with warm days this hearty Wood Fern is not fooled...it'll wait until the day time temperatures reach a consistent 75 degrees to 80 degrees...then it starts to show it curved loopy baby fern fronds!
Now, with all that moisture in the fern beds you're probably wondering...MOSQUITOES? Well, they used to be a problem...so I got some tablets from a local nursery, it's all green and I'd plop them into the beds and there were few mosquitoes but they were still an issue. So what changed? For about 5 years we've had a colony of lizards that nest in the fern beds....and no Mosquitoes and even with our porch light....no telltale flying bugs...the lizards come out at night, eat every bug and we live in perfect harmony!
Well there was one exception, last year a baby lizard (about 1 1/2 inches long) made it's way into our home....to our bathroom...I'm dressing for bed after a shower...I feel something inside my gown...AHHHHHHHH! Yep, the baby lizard...Mr. B helped me and then he released it to the front porch again...we still laugh about that one...we don't know who was more scared...the baby lizard probably...but boy did I do a fast 2 step....well maybe a fast 1,000 steps!