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Thursday, July 4, 2013

the tree fern





It was an overcast evening and I was sitting on the front porch after working all day in the yard...





having a glass of wine and watching Dan and Big Blue fertilize the meadows...

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(I adore this vintage iron table I found at an estate sale in Dallas many years ago.  It sat on a patio in the yard in Dallas and over the years some of the tile pieces came off and got lost, so here I've been filling the empty holes with thick flakes of mica that I find in the gravel driveway!...





love the little flower at the base!)  
Ooops... sorry, I got off topic;)





So, I'm sitting on the front porch and I realize I've never shown you the little fern that grows high up in the large maple tree at the front door.  I was enchanted by the little fern the first year we moved into the house, and every year it reappears in the spring!





I went inside to get the camera and when I came out a single ray of sunlight was shining directly on the little fern!  I think the fern-gods wanted you to see it too;)





Isn't it so, so sweet?!





This is the same tree that has the little Jan Barboglio house blessing cross hanging on it.





Another view from the front porch!






Wishing you a wonderful Fourth of July!!








45 comments:

  1. Great photos!! Hope you have a wonderful 4th!

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  2. That is so wonderful - I didn't know ferns could grown in trees. My husband adores ferns. We have a volunteer fern that sticks out amidst our vinca that I keep just for that reason. Hope you have a Happy 4th. Live Free or Die :)

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  3. Happy Fourth of July to you, too! The view of the tree from your perch on the porch is a lovely one. Sweet mental image of sitting on the porch, glass of wine in hand, listening to the hum of the tractor, enjoying the sunshing ... ahhhhh.

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  4. Sweet little fern! I love seeing all the resurrection ferns hanging on the trees down here! Looks so lovely in your neck of the woods! Happy happy fourth!

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  5. So glad that you actually take time to sit on that amazing porch! Your place is so beautiful! and is one of my favorite houses out there in blogland! I have envied it toooo many times.... That little fern is adorable! and you are right, you had the perfect light for it. Enjoy the 4th of July - from a Canadian admirer!

    Dawna

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  6. Love the fern, how perfect. Your property is so beautiful, what a fabulous view. Hugs, marty

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  7. I've said this before - there are many surprises on your property that keep coming to light and they are all for reason. You and Dan are appreciative of the special things that life has to offer.

    Wishing you a Happy Fourth of July!

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  8. Everything about your house is enchanting! I am sure if you look very hard you will find fairies under that fern. :)
    Love to Ella.

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  9. Love ferns, and they are even better when paired with mossy bark :)

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  10. That is so cool!! Happy 4th of July to YOU!!

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  11. Here in GA (and other places too I bet) we have "Resurrection Ferns" which grow on the north side of oak trees - they "pop back up" after it rains from being all dry, brown, and dead looking - and we have had a LOT of rain lately! Hurrah - after all the drought of recent years. Resurrection Ferns are smaller (length of fronds is shorter too)and closer to the tree trunk than this pretty one. Thanks for sharing! Happy 4th!

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  12. I love your green wicker chairs. Where did you find them?

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    1. At a local shop in Keene, New Hamsphire. Unfortunately, they no longer sell them.

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  13. What a lovely pocket fern - not an official name :-) - and wonderful old tree. I love the way ferns show up in little places. I have one that appeared between our back brick step and stone retaining wall. I don't know what dirt it's managed to find to grow in. Interestingly, it's a variety I bought years ago for a window box at the FRONT of the house that long ago died (and isn't part of our local flora). Don't have any idea how its descendant showed up on the opposite side of the house between a rock and a hard place - literally! Happy 4th!

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  14. Felt like I was right there with you on your porch! Did not know a fern could grow in a tree...much less come back every year...how lovely! Happy 4th to you too! ;)

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  15. You too. It looks like a bit of heaven there.

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  16. ...God bless us...everyone!

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  17. We have a similar old Sugar Maple outside our bedroom window. It has a honeysuckle bush growing out of a gap between two branches.

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  18. Hi Joan, Dan, and Ella: Happy 4th to you! We've been out on the lake where we didn't realize just how hot it is. I came in to the cool air and logged on to see your new entry. Your pictures are beautiful...very serene.
    Cindy

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  19. Joan - what a wonderful tree and that little fern is precious - the wonder of nature never fails to amaze me! Happy 4th of July!

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  20. Hi Joan!
    That fern looks so neat! It found a cozy spot in the moss to grow!
    I hope you've had a great 4th!

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  21. Very sweet. Love all the moss and lichen too!

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  22. Lovely tree trunk also! Have you repainted your wicker chairs a brighter green shade? The greens look beautiful together. Happy fourth! Sara, Ohio

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    1. no, same color! It is probably just the different times of day when I take photos that make it look that way.

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  23. Hello Joan, I hope you had a great Fourth. I love all the little surprises that Nature provides when we take the time to appreciate. Your little tree fern is a perfect reward for all your work in renovating your grounds.

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  24. How charming! Love that table too...and the red mercury glass.

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  25. I have resurrection ferns too and I am so enchanted by them. I think the cross is a sweet idea.

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  26. Its so fun to see all of the beautiful things in your yard, as well as your home. I'm so glad you post them. I loved the little flower at the base of your table also. Best regards, Wenda

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  27. What a sweet idea putting the cross on the tree. It reminds me of the Jewish mezuzah which is affixed to the outside of the door.

    I love ferns, my rescued one multiplied like crazy! I've just planted a Japanese painted fern, it is beautiful. They look lovely in a shade garden. It does not multiply like the common green fern, but when it does become fuller and thicker I will divide it.

    Your table is beautiful. I've often toyed with doing a mosaic table for my patio. I just need to find the right base.

    Looks like you had a wonderful and relaxing Independence Day! Keep cool & drink lots of iced tea ~ as they say in New England - it's a scortcha out there!

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  28. How funny. My mom's house, where I grew up, has GIANT maple trees on the parking strip and licorice fern com up in the crotches of them every year. I never thought it was odd because it's been that way since I was born. Now that you point it out at your house, it is a wee bit unusual, now isn't it?
    Happy 4th back atcha!

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  29. I enjoyed seeing the fern in your tree, and I adore that little metal table on your porch, too! Hope you had a fabulous fourth!

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  30. The fern and moss add such character! Beautiful! Hope your 4th was wonderful. We are up in Maine and enjoyed fireworks over Camden Harbor.
    x Loi

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  31. That fern is a sweet magic but your porch set up with cutters coffee table and different wicker chairs are lovely! Xo z

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  32. Hi Joan, I hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th holiday as well!

    I'm back to posting after a 2 year break! I am looking forward to catching up with everyone again here on the interior design blogs!

    Have a great week!

    ~ Becky

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  33. It just appeared? In the tree??

    I want some! I am in California........I need to research! I have some stag horn ferns......(I was told to put banana peels tucked in to those layers!

    Love this plants growing by themselves in trees!!

    Penelope

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  34. Oh Joan,
    So pretty!! And I love that little cross hanging on the tree too!
    I hope you had a great 4th weekend. I was in Florida, trying to get in touch with you telepathically on a view things ... haha!
    xoxo,
    A

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  35. Hi Joan:

    It's amazing how a little fern like that can grow into a tree! We New England folks really enjoy the nice weather and green plants during our short summer season!

    I just love your blog. I'm always looking for inspiration for my Old New Hampshire home.

    Take care and thanks again for the inspiration!

    Christine
    http://www.antiquenehomes.blogspot.com/

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  36. Beautiful tree and porch!!!!
    Love
    Etta

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  37. so lovely joan. I have a pop-up fern in a sidewalk crack that I adore each year when it comes up.

    just watched an interview on the golf channel of raymond floyd, who has a home in NH with a rare (only 6 or so in the state, I think they said) round or octagonal barn with three stories. since the house is in NH, it made me think of you. do you know of his place? just made me wonder....

    hope you are having a great summer...donna

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    1. I'm afraid I don't Donna. Will be on the lookout for one now!

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  38. Love that little fern peeking out of the tree....and your table from the home country (aka Dallas!).

    Looks like you are enjoying a delightful summer!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  39. LOVE the fern! It would be wonderful to watch for it each year! Love your porch too and the table is lovely. I love seeing the putside as well as the inside of your house. Glad you had a good (if busy) 4th! XO, Pinky

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  40. Love your little tree fern too. What a sweet surprise you have to look forward to every year.
    Cindy

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