Working on the Stumpery/Fernery today….

Half way up the slope we have a very shady, flat, fertile area that has been home to 10 blueberry bushes which the birds enjoy, but I rarely do.  So…I thought I’d put in some ferns and other shade loving friends. We chopped down the plum tree (sadly it had considerable black knot disease). But, with the plum down and the blue Colorado spruce lost to the weighty snow this winter, I fear this space may now be sunnier than I previously reckoned. But let’s wait and see when the big-leaf maples and Alders fill in. For now….the Stumpery/Fernery:

1. Cyrtomium falcatum Rochfordianum (Japanese Holly Fern)

2. Athyrium ‘Ghost’

3. Doronicum (Leopards Bane)

4. Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)

5. Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)

6. Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern) Metallicum

7. Dicentra Formosa ‘alba’ (Western Bleeding Heart)

8. Asarum caudatum (Wild Ginger)

9. Arachniodes simplicor ‘Variegata’ (East Indian Holly Fern)

10. Polystichum munitum (Western Sword fern)

11. Polygonatum odoratum ( Solomon’s Seal)

12. Trachystemon orientalis (Russian Borage)

13. Polygonatum odoratum ‘varigatum’ (Variegated Solomon’s Seal)

14. Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)

15. Woodwardia fimbriata (Giant Chain Fern)

16. Crocosmia

17. Vaccinium corymbosum (Blueberry)

18. Erythronium ‘Pagoda’

19. Centaurea Montana (Bachelor’s button)

Cyrtomium falcatum Rochfordianum (Japanese Holly Fern)
Athyrium ‘Ghost’
Doronicum (Leopards Bane)
Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern)
Dryopteris erythrosora (Autumn Fern)
Polygonatum odoratum ( Solomon’s Seal)
Trachystemon orientalis (Russian Borage)
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Arachniodes simplicor ‘Variegata’ (East Indian Holly Fern)
Polystichum munitum (Western Sword fern)
Asarum caudatum (Wild Ginger)
Crocosmia
Dicentra Formosa ‘alba’ (Western Bleeding Heart)
Athyrium niponicum (Japanese Painted Fern) Metallicum
Centaurea Montana (Bachelor’s button)
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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