I have found that the crypts of many churches are interesting places to harbour ferns. This is the crypt of Christ Church Portsdown. On closer examination I found a colony of very luxurious Wall Rue (Asplenium ruta-muraria). No other plant grows in this place
The BPS stand at Southport Flower Show won a Gold medal yesterday. The show theme is ‘Once upon a time’ – so we used the Victorian picture of the Churchtown Fernery and the ideas around ferns, folklore, and fairies. When the fernery opened in 1876, the Southport Visiter expressed the opinion that ‘here, in cool grot and mossy cell, rural fairies ought to dwell, if they do not. But we fear if any of the pixies once know of this charming abode, the directors will never get clear of them: they will be perpetual tenants.’ Our model fairies weren’t to everyone’s taste – but the quality of the ferns obviously impressed the judges.
Robert Crawford won the Individual Championship, the BPS cup, for the fifth consecutive year, and I won the Happiland trophy for most 1st prizes in the other 5 classes – the first time I’ve won a trophy! Robert and I will be picking up our silverware on Sunday – watch out for more photos!
Don’t forget that the Fernery will be open 10am to 4pm from 16th to 19th August 2018 – do visit if you can.
Two weeks ago, we were working all out in the Fernery to have it ready for the Britain in Bloom judges. All the plants from RBGE are now planted. Two weeks later, the new ferns look to be settling in nicely, with lots of new croziers. Thank you to Sandra for the daily watering that is so essential for establishing the plants in the hot weather we have been having. The Fernery will be open from 10am to 4pm on 16th to 19th August – the days of the Southport Flower Show, where this project began just a year ago.
The website of the British Pteridological Society