Wordless Wednesday 1st May 2013 – Ferny Croziers

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  1. Pauline says:

    They make such fantastic shapes don’t they?!

  2. Cathy says:

    I love the antics of ferns at this time of year – you have captured them beautifully, Helen.

  3. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Your photography is so good!

  4. owenldn says:

    Hi Helen,

    What is the second fern you have- with the purple stems? Very pretty!


    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Owen

      I’m ashamed to say no idea but in my heads its a Kings Fern, growing quite tall. I will have a rummage in thebox of plant labels to see if I can find out and let you know


    2. owenldn says:

      Perhaps its a Royal Fern (the purple cultivar?) Osmunda regalis ‘Purpurascens’ – very close to King Fern?

      Lovely plant- whatever it is called?!

    3. Helen Johnstone says:

      I think you are right, I knew it was something regal. Royal Fern rings a real bell. Thank you

  5. hillwards says:

    The new growth of ferns is fascinating – with a touch of the primevil. I love the word ‘crozier’ too. 🙂

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Sara
      It is a great word isnt it

  6. Watching ferns unfurl is one of the many pleasures of Spring!

  7. Or, as we call them on this side of the Atlantic, fiddleheads!

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Arh yes Jason, I knew I had seen a word used in the US and I couldnt for the life of me remember what it was – fiddleheads obvious when you think about it

  8. Angie says:

    Crozier was a new name on my recently – I’ve been using the term fiddlehead as I never knew the correct term. Every day is a school day!
    Smashing photography Helen. I took the old foliage of most of my ferns yesterday and those Croziers are still very tight in the ground!

  9. Janneke says:

    The fresh green and red unfurling ferns are one of the highlights of spring! I should not like to miss that. I had to look up the word ‘Crozier’ in my dictionary, haha, funny name and yes indeed they look like croziers.

  10. Definitely Osmunda Regalis – I have the same one, it always looks purple when unfurling, but lime green when fully out. Some lovely shots. I have done the same on my recent post – they are irresistible to photograph! Happy gardening, Ursula

  11. Jean says:

    In Maine, the fiddleheads of the ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) are cooked and eaten and considered a special spring delicacy.

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