Some mystery ferns--free to good home

DawnStorm(7/MD)May 14, 2007

My mother has these ferns growing in her front yard, and for reasons known only to her and the Lord above, she doesn't like them. Well, I offered to come dig 'em up and did so yesterday. Nice Mother's Day gift huh? Anyway, I have planted some, given some to my next-door neighbor, and are offering up the rest. You can see the photo in the link below. These ferns are (so far) about 15 inches high and get afternoon/evening sun at my mom's house. They have a pleasant, hay-y smell. My mother does have more of these that she wants me to dig up, but they're right in her lily of the valley patch and she doesn't want me tramping around in there while the lilies are in bloom. Heck, she was sweating bullets yesterday and fears that I have done her vinca major irreparable harm. Between now and the end of the summer, I will try to learn how to levitate so I can dig up the rest of the ferns without putting my big feet everywhere. Anyway, if and of you are at all interested in these ferns, or some hot pink/white morning glory seedlings, please e-mail me at DawnPalkaATverizonDOTnet.

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Dawn, those look like Sensitive Fern (Onoclea sensibilis). There is also a small possibility that it could be Netted Chain Fern since they tend to look alike, but the Sensitive Fern is much more common.

I would love some, but since you're in Maryland and I'm in Virginia, I'm going to assume that our paths are more than likely not going to cross in the near term.

Here is a link that might be useful: Fern ID

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 9:32AM
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avoirgold(z7 MD)

Hi Dawn,

I would like to get some. Where in MD are you? I am in Columbia. I have a few things going on this weekend, but if you are close enough, it shouldn't be a problem.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 10:10AM
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Avoirgold--I live in Wheaton. As Route 29 goes I'm probably about 30 minutes away from you. Depends on traffic of course. ;)
Suja, if you want to arrange a meeting place that's halfway between your house and mine, that would be OK, unless you're in a mood for a road trip.
I will most certainly be home on Saturday--that's Preakness Day and with coverage starting at noon on ESPN, I ain't goin' anywhere!

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 2:59PM
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Suja, if you want Sensitive ferns take mine please. I have
bunches and you know I'm much closer to you. If you're going to the Greenspring sale this Saturday I could bring some and give them to you there. Actually I guess that goes for anyone who wants them. Sorry Dawn if I'm stealing your Virginia customers.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 1:11AM
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Dawn, if your mom still has some come Fall swap, I'd be happy to take it off your (and her) hands. Di, I can't go to Greenspring (BOOOO!), but if you live anywhere near Merrifield in Fairfax, that'd be a good place to meet up. Otherwise, there is always the Fall swap.

At the moment, I love ferns. The deer don't eat them, and they're not Poison Ivy/Oak, Lonicera Mackii, japanese honeysuckle, multiflora rose.... That's what I have more than plenty of in my woodlands. I'm always envious of all these people that say 'I cleared up all the invasive stuff in my woodlands, and look at all the Trillium, bloodroot and other natives that popped up!'. I cleared my woodlands, and what I got was seedlings of all the invasive stuff I cleared up. By the thousands.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2007 at 10:31AM
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Suja, I could bring ferns to Garden Grandma's on June 17th. I should have brought more of them to the swap but I didnt get around to digging them.

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 1:10AM
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giverny(z7 Maryland)

Hi Diana,

If you have some extras of the Sensitive Fern after giving Suja hers, I'd be happy to give them a new home! I'm also planning on being at Garden Grandma's on the 17th.


    Bookmark   May 19, 2007 at 9:31AM
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Hi, Dawn, I think I am very close to you and have send you an email. I'd love some of your Mom's castaways if you have some left and have some things perhaps she or you would like. See your email.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2007 at 7:04AM
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Ok, Mea I'll bring as many as I can and hope I won't have to take any back home.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2007 at 12:03AM
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