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29/07/2008


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HARTSTONGUE FERN

A very common British fern with glossy undivided fronds which reproduces by spores rather than seed, the spores being seen on the underside of the frond. A good plant to introduce to a shady place in the garden, and especially love damp soil although not essential. Mine are happy growing through cracks in rockery stone.



'Gathering Ferns' Illustrated London News July 1st 1871

Ferns were very popular in Victorian times, a popularity which became a craze called Pteridomania, which sounds more like an illness to me!

10 comments:

lifeinredshoes said...

Hello Louise! My, this fern looks a bit daunting to me!

Poetikat said...

What a fascinating bit of history! I had never heard of Pteridomania (looked it up on Wikipedia) "fern-fever" they called it. I wonder would they have had a preference for the Ostrich-fern, since it resembles the ostentatious feather?

Kat

elaine said...

(((hi Louise)))
Great post, one of MANY that is. The HARTSTONGUE FERN you show may be common around there but it's very unusual to me. It's doesn't look very fernlike. You take gorgeous pictures. xo Elaine

Suzie Sews said...

ferns always make me think of water...

Gillian L. said...

I have always loved ferns and have never seen one quite like yours which is very beautiful! I really like the vintage drawing you included as well.

Gillian

Becca said...

I have a very shaded garden these days ... the trees have grown so large and dense that the garden can only use shade plants and I have been thinking that ferns can be so beautiful ... casting light all over the place.

Sal said...

Very interesting..I do have those ferns in my garden,along my Devon bank...which seems to produce all sorts of things throughout the year ;-)

The Dutchess said...

There are ferns in my garden,they are beautiful but they also take over the garden if i don't interfere..i like the illustration from te newspaper..Pteridomania,great.Something new i can ask my friends..do you know what pteridomania is..

Crafty Green Poet said...

Wonderful glossy looking fern. i used to know a lot about ferns and really want to learn more again, so this is an inspiring post for me!

LL said...

Quite right. Indoor potted ferns are essential for that "Victorian look". I wish I could say I've had success with them, but such is not the case....they go brown and they die....ah well, maybe one day I'll get the trick of it...