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Old Court Diary

This entry: 02 August 2017 by Ross Barbour

Catch up Two

We love Ferns at Old Court and The Picton Garden. As we race onwards through Summer towards Autumn the Polypods start taking over from the Athyriums. Here are few from earlier.

Polystychum setiferum 'Plumoso-multilobum'

Polystychum setiferum 'Plumoso-multilobum'

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

This Lady Fern unlike some other Athyrium lasts well into the season. A common woodlander of Japan, Korea and China it seems to like us at The Picton Garden, which is great because it is beautiful.

Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

Athyrium 'Oceans Fury'

A possible hybrid of Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' and Athyrium filix-femina this gorgeous form has crests on frond and pinnae tips.

Athyrium  'Oceans Fury'

Dryopteris dickinsii

Dryopteris dikinsii

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

Autumn Fern

This lovely garden worthy fern emerges in Spring with striking orangy red fronds and can last right into the following year. Native to Japan, China and Taiwan.

Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'

This smart little fern is great for the Rock Garden as it reaches only 22cm (9in) in height. Nice and dark green that will hold well over Winter in a sheltered spot.

We have one growing in the Woodland Crevice at The Picton Garden, but I want more as its just so cute.

Dryopteris affinis 'Crispa Gracilis'

Polystychum setiferum 'Congestum'

The Soft Shield Fern

Polystychums are super ferns for the garden and quite diverse. This is a dwarf form we grow on the Woodland Crevice which grows up to 25cm (10in).

Polystychum setiferum 'Congestum' Polystychum setiferum 'Congestum'

Blechnum penna-marina

Alpine Water Fern

This fern, also growing in the Woodland Crevice, differs from the others as it likes to creep along through the crevices, quickly establishing itself and looking like its been there forever.

It prefers an acid run and is native to Australia and New Zealand.

Blechnum penna-marina

Aspenium ceterach syn. Ceterach officinarum

The Rusty Back Fern

Common name for the lovely brown scales on the underside of the pinnae. When suffering from drought it will curl up its fronds and play dead untill the next wet spell, when it will unfurl looking refreshed. Just a baby with us but will hopefully grow and spread if we're lucky.

Native to the UK as well as Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Aspenium ceterach  syn. Ceterach officinarum

The Woodland Crevice

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