Tag: Ostrich Fern

The Calm After the Tulips

In our garden, at least, the Tulips in their season are star performers, adding a zingy drama to the area in front of the house.

Adventures in Foundation Planting

When we moved into our current house, the front foundation planting consisted of clipped Japanese Yews (Taxus cuspidata). One of the first things I did was cut down the Yews and replace them with a planting of Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) and various shade perennials.

For the Weeds Will Always Be With You

Does anyone remember a series of Dr. Who episodes called “The Seeds of Doom”?

Oh, My Darling Columbine

The Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) was looking mighty fine last weekend. I really have nothing new to say about this plant. Just: isn’t it marvelous?  

May Foliage

  Let’s face it, flowers are superior to foliage. This is especially true in May, when some gardeners (I’m not naming names) can be driven into ecstasies by masses of colorful tulips and other spring flowers. However, this does not mean that foliage should be ignored at this or any time of year.

Foliage Day: July, 2015

I am a flower-centric gardener, and so it is useful to be reminded that a garden is about more than blooms. Which is exactly the service performed by Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, sponsored by Christina at My Hesperides Garden.  At this point in the summer the warm-season grasses start to assert their presence, especially the …

Sic Transit Aquilegia

Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), native to eastern and central North America, is another of my favorite flowers of late spring. As someone once said, “Columbine are like candy, you can never have too much.” Wild Columbine flowers dangle like red and yellow chandeliers. The ferny blue-green foliage is attractive all year; even when the leaf …

A Frond Indeed

A few years ago I removed the foundation planting of yews that were in front of my house and replaced them with Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris). Overall, I have been happy with the switch, though it leaves the front of the house bare for several months of the year. Right about now the Ostrich Ferns …

Green With Ennui

An article in the most recent issue of Fine Gardening, entitled “Designing with green”, opens with this statement: “This ubiquitous color, when used well, can be just as exciting as vibrant flowers.” To which the obvious response is: No. No, it can’t. Don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate green-only plants. I understand that there …

From the Land of the White Witch

After careful analysis, I have concluded that Chicago’s recent weather has been caused by the White Witch. You remember the White Witch, who froze the land of Narnia into a 100 year winter in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Can you offer a more plausible explanation for the otherworldly 65+ inches …