Finlarg Hill: a fernery
|Dryopteris filix-mas from Kohler's Medizinal Pflanzen|
This 19th Century botanical print gives a taste of the elegance of Male Fern, one of the most widespread ferns of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the commonest shield fern native to Colorado (which is a bit of a joke--there are only two shield ferns native to the state--and the other is extremely rare!). Male fern is actually quite local and sporadic in its occurrence in my state--and I have always enjoyed stumbling on new colonies (of which only a few dozen are known to tell the truth). And even in its most lavish Colorado presence--around Boulder for instance--you are not apt to find more than a dozen or so specimens at a site, and these are modest in size and stature. So you can imagine my delight and amazement when I found THESE a few days ago while driving through Angus with Carole Bainbridge, president of the Scottish Rock Garden Society:
|Male ferns on Finlarg Hill|
|Male ferns on Finlarg Hill photographed from Lumley Den|
During the week I spent in Scotland I doubt the daytime temperature rose much above 20C a single time (that's roughly 66F): I came back to Denver with near 100F temps and warm nights not much below the warmest temperature I experienced in Scotland: it was like coming back to a blast furnace!
Last night it rained quite hard--if only for a few minutes (maybe a quarter inch precipitation) and this morning I felt a gentle kiss of Scotland on my cheek as I looked out at my garden. I suspect I shall be treading Finlarg hill in my imagination quite a bit in the coming, toasty weeks!