|Melange of Polystichum acrostichoides and Dryopteris sp.|
In this same patch of woods-
More ferny melanges: finding three large ferns like this close together in Colorado would be a feat!
I gained a new love for the Christmas fern in this patch of woods--they were everywhere and magnificent!I
A towering hickory (I believe): Mike told me these woods had probably been logged three or four times--but they felt like virgin forest to me.
Here is our friend growing in a rock crevice: not a fern I'd hitherto planned for my crevice garden!
|Lots of them actually!|
Not the most imposing specimen of skunk cabbage--but still fun to find. Last time I saw one was in a Chicago wildland blooming on my birthday (late March).
Mike was thrilled to see that the sole Cypripedium pubescens (I know they've changed the name, btw) has set seed. He'd personally pollinated this flower with pollen from a friend's ladyslipper from nearby.
This was one of Mike's favorite spots: I heartily concurred!
I have been in love with the eastern woodlands even before I first walked in them: the sublime diversity of trees, the lush undergrowth, and the ferns, ephemerals and other gems lurking beneath them. This patch of woods is one I shall long remember!