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Hardy Fern Foundation 2013 Fall Social

 

Part of Saturday's fern frond displ

Part of Saturday’s fern frond display

This past Saturday, the Hardy Fern Foundation held its Fall Social at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) at the University of Washington.  This is always a warm and comfortable event, with good people, good presentations, and good food.  Everyone enjoys getting together and sharing fern “stuff” as the days get darker and colder.

This year HFF members collected fern fronds from their gardens and shared them with identification information.  This was a chance to see some unusual ferns.  Some of them, like Woodwardia unigemmata, are rarely seen in all their splendor.  This weekend, a 5 or 6 foot frond from HFF’s Stumpery (in the Rhododendron Species Foundation garden) was brought in for us all to see.  Many of the ferns were ones I’d never seen before, and many are rarely, if ever, seen at plant sales.

Coniogramme intermedia Yoroi Musha - cut leaf bamboo fern

Coniogramme intermedia Yoroi Musha – cut leaf bamboo fern

 

We also had a great slide presentation and talk given by Pat Riehl.  She shared tales and pictures from a trip to South Africa in early 2012. This was a group tour to see ferns in South Africa, and several people in the audience had been on the tour.  Thanks to Pat, a few thousand pictures were narrowed down to a couple hundred (?), with identification captions!

 

Here are some pictures of the fern fronds we got to enjoy.  In our neck of the woods, we have an amazing group of fern growers and collectors, with an amazing array of ferns.

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Asplenium scolopendrium 'crispum' - wavy Hart's tongue fern

Asplenium scolopendrium ‘crispum’ – wavy Hart’s tongue fern

A fancy Cyrtomium (I think)

A fancy Cyrtomium (I think)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodwardia unigemmata towers above everything else - the meeting room was difficult to photograph

Woodwardia unigemmata towers above everything else – the meeting room was difficult to photograph

Coniogramme intermedia "Yoroi Musha' - cut leaf bamboo fern

Coniogramme intermedia “Yoroi Musha’ – cut leaf bamboo fern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyrrosia hastata 'Cheju Silver' - silver arrow felt fern

Pyrrosia hastata ‘Cheju Silver’ – silver arrow felt fern

Hardy Fern Foundation at the NWFGS – Pyrrosia

Pyrrosia

Pyrrosia

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.)

Hardy Fern Foundation booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2011

Hardy Fern Foundation booth at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2011

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.

Pyrrosia lingua 'Futaba Shishi'

Pyrrosia lingua 'Futaba Shishi'

Pyrrosia 'Kei Kan' P1010847

Pyrrosia 'Kei Kan' P1010847

Pyrrosia polydactyla 'fingered felt fern'

Pyrrosia polydactyla 'fingered felt fern'

Pyrossia 'Tochiba Koryu'

Pyrossia 'Tochiba Koryu'

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.

little mounds of remaining snow and moss on our roof

Little Mounds of Remaining Snow and Moss on Our Roof