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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Ferns and May Garden

Hello everyone, 
Gardening is a journey.
 This year my Fern Grotto has a different look than it had last year.
This spot in my patio is the only place for my cool loving plants to thrive from the extreme heat we have during the summer.
I've added some house plants and more ferns this year.  
The bird cage with my little birds (Frick and Frack) are enjoying their new home outdoors. They are in the house during the winter sharing company with my indoor plants, that are also enjoying a hiatus outdoors too.
The big Boston Fern was purchased last year and in the same pot is a young Tree Fern.
The two other  small ferns I bought at the grocery store last month.
The Angel Wing Begonia I started from a leaf over ten years ago. 
The strawberry pot has matured during the past three year and I added white Calibrachoa 
The angels and the pink geranium survived the cold winter. 
My trusty asparagus fern just keeps looking great with minimal attention. The trailing plants add so much texture to the Fern Grotto.
Ivy and a spider plant with another trailing plant.
The peace plant is usually in the dining room, but all the plants were moved out here while we work on a project in the kitchen and dining room. The way we are working on the project now I hope we will have it done before the first frost. LOL
I wanted to share the new look of the patio garden. I removed the confetti Lantana which was hit with  frost this winter. I moved the amaryllis plants and planted a yellow rose. The sunflowers were planted last week and they are already an inch tall.
The pergola area is developing nicely. This is a view looking South. I was happy when Sweetheart mowed the lawn just before I took this photo. I see the garden plot way out there and it looks like its ready to plant.
I will be doing a tablescape later this week under the pergola. 
Wishing you a wonderful week.
I hope you've been inspired today. I'm always amazed at the beauty of nature.
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Dwelling-The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
An Oregon Cottage for Tuesday Garden Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for The Scoop
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
DIY By Design for Spring into Spring
A Southern Day Dreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Fishtail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party
Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday
Thank you for your wonderful comments.


  1. Good Morning Betty, You have a wonderful selection of shade loving plants. I especially love the asparagus fern, because as you say it needs very little attention, but looks so spectacular. One of my favourite indoor plants is the Peace Lily, as it requires very little light to survive and is perfect for our smaller houses.
    I love the cherubs you have housed in your fern grotto, they are so sweet.... what am I saying, I actually love it all.
    Best Wishes to you,

  2. Hi Betty! Oh, your fern area is just beautiful! Everything looks so lush and green. Your flower beds look great too and I love the border and little around it. Your entire outside area is just gorgeous. Love your pergola - in my dreams I'd love to have something like this. Our little back yard is not much bigger than a postage stamp. Didn't you just love Spain? Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Your ferns are so pretty! I have several types in my garden as well. I just love the different leaves and textures!

  4. Så vackert du har det. tycker om när det finns roliga skare att titta på bland blommorna.
    Ha en fin vecka
    Kram Meta

  5. Oh wow, your yard is gorgeous and I love that corner with the ferns, amazing. I can't grow them to save my life. yours look amazing. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Love your fern garden....you have a green arm! It looks like a great place to grab a book and relax...

    Great job!

  7. Wow! What a lovely place to spend time in ~ Your garden is beautiful and so creative! Love the cherubs! ^_^ Beautiful photos for Outdoor Wed.

  8. I love the fern grotto. You've inspired me to add some ivy to my fern nook. It looks fantastic and I am excited to see how the rest of goes.

  9. Your fern corner looks great, so lush and healthy! I liked that trailing plant, looks like little dots - what is it? Thanks!!

  10. Hello Betty
    I like your collection of ferns and the whole corner looks like a tropical haven. It was nice to the rest of your yard, especially your ample sized eating area under the pergola.

  11. You have a beautiful fern garden in the shade ... it already looks cool and inviting! Followed you over from Fishtail's Garden Party. Wendy

  12. I just love the look of your Fern Grotto. Great plants and gorgeous little nick nacks as well.

  13. Lovely, Betty! Your 'grotto' is so inviting! and I love your sweet little finches!

  14. So beautiful! Hope you stop by Simple & Sweet Fridays this week. Love all the ferns!


  15. Just beautiful. The ferns are really beautiful. Great post, I will follow to see more of your garden'

  16. So lush and green! Beautiful nook and lovely yard!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  17. How enchanting! I am inspired! Your flowers are just gorgeous - definitely brought a smile. I hope you continue to provide new ideas for us all and greetings success always for you.
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