A Gardening Year

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday


I've always been a big fan of staghorn ferns. They don't look like ferns. They don't grow in soil like ferns. The ones I had previously seen were cute little plants mounted on boards. Who knew they could grow into monsters like the one pictured above? That tiny figure underneath is actually a grossly obese man. I took this picture a year ago in the conservatory at Longwood Gardens. I'm still wondering what they feed it!

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At 6:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staghorn ferns are intersting, and that's a big one.

I laughed when I read "I wonder what they feed it". Of course I knew you meant the plant, but then thought about it related to the man in the picture. He eats a lot, too!

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Mrs Lifecruiser said...

That's an impressive one. I love all kind of ferns. I've only seen similar to that one in greenhouses. Yes, one can wonder what they feed them....

At 12:28 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Carol, maybe they feed it visitors who lag behind at closing time!

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just going to say: "I bet that they feed it people!" lol.

At 7:20 AM, Blogger Colleen said...

Wow. It's true. I've never considered them growing anywhere but on a board :-) Amazing!

At 7:56 AM, Blogger Kerri said...

My mom had lovely big ones when I was growing up in Australia. She hung them from the big ghost gum trees (eucalyptus) in our back yard.
That's a beautiful speciman. I too love ferns, especially maiden hair. Mom grew that too.


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