I’m a member of the Hardy Fern Foundation (www.hardyferns.org). Not an “academic” member, just a fan of ferns. I don’t know why! My true fan status began a few years ago when we did a major garden remodel, and I was working on the design and the choice of plants. Through other associations –Northwest Horticultural Society (www.northwesthort.org), classes at the Elizabeth Miller Garden (www.millergarden.org) in Seattle–, research, and events, I got a little closer to developing a thing for ferns.
As a member of the Hardy Fern Foundation, I had the opportunity to staff the HFF booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show last week. This show is always like a breath of fresh air in the middle of winter. (Did you know it’s been freezingly cold, snowing, and now downpouring around here for the last couple of weeks, with more on the way? So much for the blue skies we enjoyed at the beginning of the month.)
The NWFGS was wonderful as usual, but I was surprised to be treated to a special display of pyrrosia’s in the HFF booth! These ferns are a little bit different, somewhat rare and expensive, and perhaps not everybody’s cup of tea. These pyrrosia’s were part of Richie Steffen’s personal collection, and I really enjoyed spending a few hours with them. If you are unfamiliar with them, here are some pictures.
And here is a picture of our roof on the same day, with the confluence of seasons: little mounds of receding snow on spring’s burgeoning moss. Perhaps ‘spring’ is an overstatement.