A camp for ferns
I am really glad I came back to work this week: air conditioned, fresh water, no mosquitos, a proper toilet and after all: the keyboard doesn’t bruise my hands! Despite the latter days have been the hottest ever, we worked on the garden and we even find some spare time to cook our heads under the PVC tunnels of a couple of nurseries. The couple I love best by the way (one for perennials and the other for grasses) so it was worth it.
I’ve been dreaming and projecting a new bed for ferns and ligularias lately. It is so difficult to find a not yet burned by the sun corner here in Cà Rossa but sometimes I can see things that humans cannot, so I’ve seen shadow under the young thin crooked fig tree and I planted there a couple hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’, a couple emerald green hostas (don’t know the name) that I had in some pots under the cherry trees, a couple ligularia ‘Otello’ and ‘The Rocket’, a miscanthus ‘Cabaret’ and finally a fern.
I’m not exactly a fern expert, even if I love them. I especially have problems remembering their names, most of which sound old fashioned spanish female names. Matteuccia, Osmunda, Onoclea… They could be names given to some Penelope Cruz character in a Pedro Almodovar movie. Anyway the one you can see under the tent is Onoclea sensibilis. She must be very sensible so I hope she’ll understand I had only good intentions planting her there.
Ale made those tents telling me I had been very silly planting those plants there, the fig tree only provides a few hours of shadow, after that they’ll burn like vampires in the sunlight.
The bed won’t be a real bed but a link between the gravel garden (you can see a work-in-progress on the first picture) and the big pond (the one we are still digging for). On the sitting area I’d like to transplant some short, thin leaved native carex (probably
carex digitata and c. paniculata update! I’m nearly sure it is carex divulsa Stokes) which I dispose in big quantity. I’d like to plant some cornus stolonifera near the pond too.
Just to be precise (as LinnieW asked me) that fig tree produces a lot of figs. They aren’t good though. In fact the plant was found there, and this is the first year I see figs. The first bloom has been aborted and so is happening to the second, I guess it’s a bad seedling. Well, nobody’s perfect…