Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm a little late writing today, but better late than never, I guess. These are the last of the Dryopteris. This first is one called Dryopteris 'The King'. Not sure what the cross was on this one or if it is a selection/mutation. This is a baby picture as the clump is much larget now. I'll have to get a new one this summer. It is growing all the way at the back of the garden under a Metasequoia which gives it nice shade. It is in a fairly damp spot and seems to like that. I think it is going to be a good size when it is mature. It is a little more 'feathery' looking now that it was in this picture.
Next is Dryopteris tokyoensis, or Tokyo Wood Fern. It is easy to grow and will do zones 5-8. Average size at 1.5 to 3 feet tall. The fronds are a little more slender than the other Dryopteris that we grow. It is native to Japan and Korea - guess we could have figured that one out without the book. It is a slow grower.
Last in this group is Dryopteris wallichiana or Wallich's Wood Fern. This is larger, up to 4 feet tall and also likes living in zones 5-8. This one occurs naturally at high elevations from Mexico to the South American Andes, West Indies, Aftica, Asia and Hawaii. It is not especially happy in areas with warm summers. Wouldn't have figured that from it's native range. So far it has done well here, but it doesn't seem to make divisions.

We're having snow flurries right now with the sun out. Pretty. We don't need any more on the ground right now, but looking at it is nice.

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