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Our garden has a small patch of woodland, with thriving trees but the ground level plants are limited, apart from snowdrops and celandines.

So we've started working on widening the number of species, beginning with some ferns. We have acquired five kinds, three native to this country, one from China I think, and one from New Zealand. Some are deciduous so their foliage dies back in autumn, others retain their leaves throughout the seasons.

Ferns tend to like shade, but in varying degrees, so we've been trying to match their position carefully to their preferences. Not sure we have it right, it's a difficult judgement, but they can be moved later if necessary.

Not all in the ground yet, but the photo gives an idea of what we are aiming at.



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Gill

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Hi Richard,

Great ferns !

Some of them are so fine and delicate others more robust. They really like damp dark shady areas.

BW Gill

Gill

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I have some in my back garden where it is sheltered and damp. I tried to put some at the front where it is sunny but they did not thrive well so I had to move them to the back garden. Yours look  very good.

BW Gill

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They are looking good at the moment but we shall keep an eye on them in case the conditions are not right and they have to be moved, and a couple of them may need protection in the winter.

Rich smile