I was going through the clippings that John (the old ex-owner of the our new old house) left in the cupboard about the plants in the yard. First one I pulled out was about ferns, the article is dated May 14th, 2005 written by Marge Hols. I tried to look her up but she must be retired now. Someone else (The Blundering Gardener) is writing the garden column for Pioneer Press, our local paper.
When I started looking up the plants Hols mentioned in her article (that pair well with ferns in a shade garden), I got so excited because I recognize each one of them, if not all! They're the same plants we have! It feels like I just made a dozen new friends, I finally know their names.
The advantage of learning their names is I can finally look them up and know more about how they thrive. Although, most perennials need minimal tending so there is probably little to learn about how to care for them. It would be helpful to know what pests they are susceptible to and how to propagate or control their growth.
We have Irish Moss growing as well, which I found out was not a true moss. We visited the Como Japanese garden over the weekend and I love how they have different types of moss in clumps as ground cover. That may be my next garden project. I also want to install bamboo borders at some point.
These four are yet to be named . . . Once the flowers come out, they will be easier to identify. It's just a matter of time!
And these, so far, are my favorite blooms!