Along the south side of the cottage, beside the pea gravel path, is a space I am turning into a fern garden. There is a place on the side deck here that gets later afternoon sun after the rest of the property is in shade, and when you sit there, you look out onto - you guessed it, my fern garden.
The green chairs in the background above is the place to capture late afternoon sun.
And this shot that I took at dusk, towards the end of May, is what you look out on.
The ferns in the foreground are ones that I planted in previous years to form a border and so have had time to adjust and are fuller and more robust. Ferns in the back have been added more recently and will need time to fill out.
I added about 8 new ferns this summer to flesh out my plans - collected from roadside ditches as usual. Digging holes in the forest floor is serious business, whew!
I am aiming generally for a triangular shape to draw the eye up to some large rocks in the background.
Why look out on dry brown leaves when the space could be green instead?
I was pretty good at watering the ferns every day after I planted them, but we had 30+ temperatures so it was tough on the transplants. I will be anxious to see how they come back next year.