I came across some beautiful ferns (in the above image) and decided to write a blog post because the picture turned out really well. They are one of the oldest plant forms, with many thousands of species throughout the world. They possess a beauty that is timeless. Every since the Victorians first graces their parlous and garden grottoes with ferns, these beautiful plants have been a popular and enduring feature in homes and gardens all through out the world.

Over the centuries, the same mucilaginous, starchy and astringent qualities that have made ferns useful as food have also made them effective medicines. Many references are found to ferns in ancient herbal medicines of the past. Like many ancient remedies, some of those made from ferns were, and still are, quite effective; on the other hand, some are merely fanciful, especially when their supposed curing properties involve the supernatural.

If you wish to grow ferns successfully, it is necessary to understand the,, and helpful to have a close look at the place in which they grow naturally. Although ferns grow in all climatic zone from temperate to tropical, the natural habitat for most species is moist, sheltered from the sun and protected from the wind. In a suitable habitat, that of a gully or small ravine at the base of a mountain close to the sea, there will be a high canopy of trees and under that, another canopy of spreading tree ferns. The trunks of the trees on the side closest to the mountain will be enveloped in aerial ferns, and crevices, in the rocky walls of the gully will be filed with tiny lithophytes. Climbing ferns will have found their way to the low-growing branches of the trees and cover them with soft mangle of green. On the ground there will be a terrestrial ferns, their roots binding the mass of molding leaf litter that clothes the forest floor.

– Marsha | Aeropean Photography