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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

When Autumn Ferns Fiddle


There has been some magic going on at Clay and Limestone.  Overnight fiddle heads have appeared on ferns throughout the garden.  

How could this be? Fiddleheads are a spring phenomenon. Perhaps, you need a closer look.


Can you see the beautiful fiddleheads? What a fantastic coppery glow. Here's a Christmas Fern with Fiddleheads!




Ahh, don't you love the magic of fall in the garden.

Gail

Grow what you love. The love will keep it growing.
Emilie Barnes

54 comments:

  1. There's nothing so lush and relaxing as a garden of ferns! Those are beauties! Cameron

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  2. Your ferns look lush & beautiful Gail. I love ferns for the shade garden, all that green is a wonderful backdrop for the blooming plants. I love the copper fiddleheads, lol.

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  3. The fiddleheads are great! They look so well with the ferns.

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  4. Those ferns do look very good. I wish we had a few more trees around near our house so we might be able to add some ferns into the mix. Neat copper fiddle heads!

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  5. Camerson,

    They are lush aren't they. They are practically on top of the water faucet, so they always get noticed!

    Gail

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  6. Racquel,

    Lush and cool is what we needed a good portion of the summer! The copper fiddleheads were so much fun to add. Glad you liked them,

    Gail

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  7. skeeter,

    and they are so easy to make. These came from old electrical wiring, snip of the plastic and there's the copper.

    Gail

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  8. Dave, Before you know it you will have trees and shade a plenty to grow ferns beneath. It happens quickly! The same with my kid, how did he get to be 27!

    Gail

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  9. I dare not show you my ferns as they turned all brown and crispy in August. I think they get a bit too much sun.

    But I do like the lush look of your ferns and the great fiddleheads.

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

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  10. Those are cute.

    Gail did you post about your birdbath and I missed it? I really like it too.
    Marnie

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  11. Carol,

    My ferns get watered. They practically shout at me as I go by them! "Hey, you, water me, everyone who comes in this entrance can see we are withering!" That tends to get you watered. Have you seen the trees at Clay and Limestone? They are a perfect haven for ferns, your garden is a beautiful sunny eden!

    Gail

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  12. Marnie,

    No, I haven't. It was purchased at our local Craft Fair...but I think we can make them Marnie! Does the photo enlarge enough for you to see it is a concrete concoction? It was formed on a piece of rebar. that sticks out the bottom. It's light weight, too.

    Gail

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  13. Ferns are so wonderful to grow and admire. Wish I had more shade so I could. Enjoyed yours.

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  14. What a great idea - the copper colour goes very well with the lush foliage of the ferns.

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  15. Susie,

    They are lovely plants but do require shade, the little stinkers. There are some that like sunshine, but they also need either a very attentive gardener who keeps them watered or very wet soil to grow in.

    Gail

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  16. Happy M,

    They will really show when the ferns turn that delightful coppery coloring! Do you grow Autumn Fern?

    gail

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  17. Ferns are one of my favourite plants and I simply love those copper fiddle heads. What a wonderful idea!

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  18. Hi Gail! I love your birdbath! (You don't need to make one, now... unless you just want to.) I've seen a couple more ideas for different styles of birdbaths, lately! But what I really want to say is "Kudos!" for the cute idea of the fiddleheads!! I'm going to steal your idea... okay?

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  19. Our entire back woods are filled with ferns. I love them, never thought too much about putting them in my flower garden though.

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  20. shady,

    Steal away! I am glad that you want to use the idea! Electrical wire is where I found the copper! Left over from a job at my house. Gail

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  21. Very cool fiddles, Gail--and how great that you made them yourself.
    I love ferns--in some spots, they're beating the weeds--doing all I can to help them . . .

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  22. I wish they would come fiddle in my garden too! Very nice the copper in the garden. I need to make some too. Spring phenomenon or not they look great:)

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  23. I'm with Tina on the fiddle heads. I have ferns coming up from somewhere. I didn't plant them. Wish I knew what kind they were. I've planted some so hope they will blend & then the caladiums leaves will show amongst them. I think they will make a pretty site. These ferns have large fronds. Almost like wild wood ferns. They are also spreading.

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  24. Hi Gail, I check in the morning and no new post, then as I am ready to shut down for the day, I discover a new post and a bunch of comments. And yes I want an email when you put up a new post! LOL And one with copper fiddleheads no less. How very creative and wonderful. The electrician that rewired the main house gave me all the leftovers and showed me how there was twisted copper inside. I save them and reuse them for everything. But never thought of this, thanks so much! I almost thought those were real fiddleheads. Some of my ferns that turned into toast are sending up new fronds now with the cooler temps and rain.
    Frances

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  25. I can hardly get a word in edgewise over here.:-)
    Hubby has some copper wire that will be just right for some fiddleheads. Super Idea!
    Donna

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  26. You must have lots of minerals in your soil for the ferns to have fall fiddleheads. They are to be treasured for sure.

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  27. Oh my. Magic indeed, Gail. I'm always enchanted by ferns, and yours are beautiful.

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  28. You had me going for a minute!! Very creative. They are a nice accent and replacement for the real thing. :-)

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  29. yYolanda Elizabet, Totally serendipitous but I am enjoying them, too!



    Darla, Go get them! They look great with shady plants like impatiens, hosta or what ever you grow in the shade! But you can also just enjoy them in the woods!

    Cosmo, Ferns are wonderful. Some folks can grow more varieties then I can..they have wetter soil. Christmas Fern and Autumn Fern don't mind it a bit dryer. Now are yours in the garden or part of the woodlands?

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  30. Tina, A very simple craft...that I could do! Soon we will have a Tennessee Fiddle(head) group.

    lola, I am tickled pink that you like my fiddleheads. You have me curious about your ferns...spreading, there are some very aggressive ferns, like Hayfern and a few others. Hmmm...very curious!

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  31. Frances,

    I had an entirely different post in mind for this morning but the fiddleheads said, 'Hey, write about us!" I like them, too. Maybe I should give myself the reuse and recycle award for the month;) Wouldn't that be tacky!

    I haven't lost any ferns this year, but last year it was a sad time for them. You're drought has been more severe then ours this year. Don't you love that they are much hardier then we think...that is great that they are sending up new growth.

    Blogger is so behind with the timing on new posts! It took hours for it to show up! I pinky swear you'll get an email when I post late.

    Gail

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  32. Donna, That is great, would you post photos of your creations?

    Jan, Thank you...the magic is working.

    Lisa, There is an abundance of minerals, especially copper, the ferns really love those trace minerals;-)

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  33. Kathleen,

    They were fun to make and I am wishing there was more wire...which, as it turns out it probably a good thing! Too many might be too much! I'm glad I 'fooled' you for a little bit!


    gail

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  34. I just love your little fiddleheads. They are the cutest garden decor. Clever too. I get too much sun for ferns. :(
    Yours look very healthy and lush. I also love the birdbath.

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  35. Gail, there is no doubt that you have a magical garden!!! :) Love the fiddleheads on your ferns... *grin*

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  36. Gail, now that's really weird that you get fiddleheads in the fall ... ours only appear in the spring. What's going on down there? Do you live near some 'nucular' power plant?

    Very cool additions to the garden! Maybe some day we'll get into the whimsy, but the gargoyle's the lone rep so far, lol.

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  37. Gail, those fiddleheads are a stroke of genius. They are the perfect accessory for your ferns, and I want some for my garden. I guess I'll just have to make them myself.

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  38. What a great use of copper! Haha.
    I love that whimsical touch! I should have been more diligent watering my ferns this year so they didn't all turn brown :(

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  39. Those fiddleheads are cool. Such a nice contrast with the green ferns. My ferns are all turning yellow and/or brown since it's been so cool and dry up here. We're down 4.5 inches of rain for the year.

    I wonder if I could make some out of some old coat hangers....

    Great, see? Now I've just added another thing to my to do list.

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  40. Now I know what I want from your garden! LOL!

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  41. Cynthia, They do love shade! I know there are some for sunny spots but they practically need to be in standing water. I am going to try at some point to recreate the birdbath...we'll see!

    Kim/Blackswamp girl, Smiling back at you!

    IVG, Well, we do have Oakridge east of us! Who knows what gov't experiments have been going on there! You must get the gargoyle a friend or two to play with in the garden!

    Kim, Very easy to make, really simple. Flexible copper wire and a few twists. You don't even need that much wire. Have fun!

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  42. Gail, I love your ferns-they have always said cool, inviting glade to me and I wish I had more shade to grow them in. Now, time for confession. It wasn't til I read some of the comments that I realized the fiddleheads were art! DUH! I thought you had a variety that did produce a fall head. :) Anyway, they are lovely and add to the whimsy of your garden.

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been having trouble with blogger updating posts. Sometimes it's taking 2 days for them to show up on my list.

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  43. Wow, how beautiful and green! They really do brighten these chilly fall days. :-) (Not that chilly to most people, just me).

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  44. Gail, I have never noticed the way ferns unfurl in the spring until seeing them on blogs this year. Then I saw your title and thought, "I didn't know they 'fiddled' in the fall, too!" Fortunately, I read the whole post before rushing out to check my own ferns, lol.
    Love the copper accents!

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  45. Layanee,

    That might be possible! They will certainly travel well, but I am pretty sure it would have to be checked baggage,

    Gail

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  46. Rose,

    That is too funny! No green fiddleheads over here.

    I have learned so much from blogging, bugs, flowers, shrubs, plant diseases....so much good information and from such delightful people!

    gail

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  47. cindy, There is only so many plants that we can take care of all droughty summer long! The ferns are so close to the door that my clients enter they get attention! I keep saying this but it's true...I am tickled pink that you like the fiddleheads!

    gail

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  48. cinj,

    The never ending list of things to do! When you're a mom it's already long enough. The copper is so east to bend and those coat hangers are pretty stiff, bit let me know if they work!

    gail

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  49. Beckie, Autumn Ferns are are lovely and so easy for me to take care of...just a bit of water now and then. They are expanding nicely.
    Now I wish you could see my smile, the fiddle heads were a fun tease.

    I don't know what is going on with blogger! But I am also having internet issues with my server, so my service disappears for a few minutes flashes back on. I thought I posted a Happy Birthday to you earlier but I couldn't find it and then posted another one! Happy Birthday Week

    Gail

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  50. dp, It sure still seems hot to me...the nights are the best. How do you stand our wet and cold winters?

    Gail

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  51. I can not grow ferns in my new gardens yet. It's too hot. I have to get the beds under the trees ready for them. So, I'll just look at yours and wish. I wish I had some copper fiddleheads too. You think they would look good in the Vinca?

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  52. anna, Soon you'll have ferns under your trees and your own fiddle heads...but why not try them in the vinca! Gail

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  53. I lvoe to use copper things in my garden. I think they just set off your ferns. I have some copper pieces that have little blue and green glass pieces tied on. They look really pretty when the sun hits them.

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  54. Eve, Now I am really curious and do want to see your copper creations! Any chance you'll post a photo or two?

    Gail

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