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Dryopteris marginalis: leather wood fern
May 04, 2009. Until recently our garden, in a new development reclaimed from corn fields, was sunny just about everywhere. The shade area was confined to one corner in a northern nook of the house, and it was one crowded place. Now that some of our trees have reached a mature size, more areas get at least part day shade. That takes some getting used to - I still make the mistake of planting sun-loving perennials in some areas that are no longer optimal for them, thinking of what used to grow there. But on the whole, this is a good development - finally some more space for plants that burn in the sun's rays. For me, that includes ferns (finally!). Since I'm a Johnny-come-lately to the fern thing, I'm not yet attuned to their growth habits. Just a couple weeks ago, I walked past the area where two of them grow and thought to myself "Hmmm. Not looking too hot, are they? I hope they survive". Of course they were just shedding last year's fronds, to make room for the new ones. I've always admired the photos of fiddleheads from other people's gardens, so I count myself lucky to be among the ferned.

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