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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Resurrection Fern

Resurrection fern is a fascinating plant very common in the Southeast and found from Florida to New York and west to Texas.

The fern is an air plant, which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its nutrients from the air and from water and nutrients that collect on the outer surface of bark. 
Resurrection fern lives on the branches of large trees such as cypresses and live oaks. It is often found in the company of other air plants such as Spanish moss and wild pine.

The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up and appearing dead. When just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to resurrect. This tiny plant has even been taken on a space shuttle mission to watch it resurrect itself in space!

Now that you know the history of this Fern let me tell you where mine came from.
My friend Cathy's in-laws live in Alabama on hundreds of acres of Land.
She happened to come home with one a few weeks back, and I fell in Love with it.

They are not easy to come by, as they are usually a fallen limb.

I did however, tell her if there was another one she could ever get I would love one.
Well, her hubby went up to Alabama to go hunting, and he was on the hunt for me.

It is really the coolest thing I have ever seen in nature.
Best part is, I don't think I can kill it.
Not sure where it's permanent home will be, but I was excited to share this with you.
Ever see one yourself?

Right now it is so healthy and happy.

I can't wait for Spring...anyone else excited to get out in their gardens?

{info on the Fern source here}
I took this photo from a far distance and zoomed in on the flowers, I just LOVE how it turned out.

Have a great day!
We have had some sickness and viruses in our house lately.
Not a good time of year at all.


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Blogger Unknown said... you think The G.B. needs to answer that.... Cabin Fever Deluxe. Love that type of fern too, by the way.

February 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Nancy's Notes said...

Debbie, that a great looking fern and oh my, those flowers are just brilliant! Great photo! Sorry you've got some under the weather under your roof! Take care of you too!

February 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM  
Blogger Maureen Wyatt said...

What a fascinating plant! I had never heard of it. Lucky you! ~ Maureen

February 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

What a neat fern. I have the regular variety that I have to bring in over the winter...looks the same though. Love your pansies, too!

Sorry to hear you have some sick people there. if you haven't caught it yet, start popping some vitamin C!


February 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Never heard of that type of fern Debbie but it's so pretty! What a great friend to bring that back for you. Sorry to hear you guys have been sick, hope your feeling better:)

February 8, 2012 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

Hope everyone is feeling better soon. I don't think I've seen one of those ferns.

February 8, 2012 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I think I have seen those here on our property but did not know the history of it. Thanks for sharing the info.

February 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Deserae said...

I have never heard of anything like that before! Sounds like my kind of plant...the kind I can't kill! LOL Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

February 8, 2012 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh that is So VERY VERY interesting.... I LOVE ferns but have never heard of this one before... Thanks for the Great history and info...:)

February 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

The viola's are precious, great shot.

February 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sure hope you all feel better soon! There's never a good time to be sick! Take care! ♥

February 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Maki said...

Debbie, That is an amazing "plant story" I didn't know about this. It looks so mysterious growing out of the log (or limb). It looks like the fern we get at garden center here & I've never had any luck growing them,
so they must be different even tho' they look alike.

The photo of the flowers in the last picture is so very good!

Hope you are all well soon, Maki

February 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Great info Debbie, and a lovely fern. I love a plant that you can't kill. I am already planning my garden and hubby is putting in a root cellar for me. Should be able to stock up for the winter. Beautiful photo of the pansies. Great eye!!!

February 8, 2012 at 7:45 PM  
Blogger Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the fern and the beautiful photo of the pansies!

February 8, 2012 at 7:56 PM  
Blogger xinex said...

Thanks for the interesting info about the fern. Your pictures are beautiful especially the last one....Christine

February 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

I don't know if we have that type here in Pa. or not, we have fern on our property and I transplanted some from the lower side of our property to my flower bed. Never had any problem with ti growing in fact it mutiplies each year!
Great photo too!
Hope all of you are get over the viruses soon!

February 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Interesting info about the fern. From the sounds of it it sounds pretty hardy, although it might not like being overwatered. Great photo of the flowers, by the way. I just got a telephoto lens and am looking forward to trying it out.

February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

I have never seen that kind of fern before but it is pretty. Your picture came out's so nice to see colorful flowers in bloom while we're in the dead of winter here.

Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

February 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Olive said...

We have them in the woods here. I did not realize how sturdy they are. Wonderful.

February 8, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

I have seen those, but did not know info about them. Thanks for sharing. The bug/virus has hit many around here also.
Take care.

February 8, 2012 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

So they brought you back the whole log? That is so neat! I have seen ferns growing like that but I never new the background or what they were called. I will have to keep my eye out for some! Thanks.

February 8, 2012 at 11:36 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Very pretty fern, Debbie. How nice of your friend to get you some.
I DO like that last picture!
Oh, I'm sorry to hear the bugs have come to your house. I hope all will be well soon! Take care.

February 9, 2012 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Love those ferns. I'm sure I could kill it! Lol - my thumb leans toward black rather than green. Hope everyone gets healthy in your home soon.

February 9, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

What a cool fern! That was nice of your friend to bring one back for you, Debbie.
I like your cheery little flowers in their bright pot.
I won't be long, and Spring will be here. We'll have LOTS of cute little flowers in bright pots to please our senses.
Hope your family starts feeling better soon.

February 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love ferns...I've transplanted some from my backyard near the woods and put them in my front borders around the base of a tree. These resurrection ferns are interesting...I don't know if I've ever seen them around here. We've enjoyed some milder temps here and I've already been cleaning out some of my borders around the house. Can't wait for spring!

February 9, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I had not heard of that fern today, but I just love how nature reflects the spiritual world. Your photo is beautiful...I'd be proud of it too. And, I'm dying to get out in the yard...I love gardening!

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

February 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Hi Debbie ... love this fern. I have seen it grow along the river banks or damp areas but never tried to grow it. Love your pictures, thanks for sharing.
Get well soon.
Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures

February 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

How wonderful to have a fern that doesn't need our help - just a shady spot to look pretty in the background! And, one that you don't even need to remember to water! Now, that's my kind of plant!

Good luck with it Debbie! Love to see it again in the summer time to see how well it's doing!


February 9, 2012 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the resurrection fern..i had them in Florida...Thank you for presenting them...Really makes me miss them!
I love the color of the flower pot!

February 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Lovely lady, I hope you and your sweet family are feeling much better real soon. Yes, I can't wait for real spring. We are having some strange weather here.

The resurrection fern is all over the island. We have some at our house in the trees and wooded area. Love it.
Hugs, Ginger

February 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger The Decorative Dreamer said...

Cool! I bet this was one of the different types of fern we had at our old house. We had several acres of Wetlands and I dug up two very different types of ferns from the woods and transplanted them. I distinctly remember one type always being a part of old fallen trees. Isn't that interesting to know the whole story now. I always thought that it had just grown around and through the old dead trees because of the dampness like spores. It's nice to know the name as well. I may have to go look in the woods here to see if we have any. I love ferns! I enjoyed seeing your brass candlesticks too. I think brass will always go in and out of style. If I like something I really don't care if it's trendy or not. You have wonderful brass pieces, hang on t0 them!

February 9, 2012 at 10:33 PM  
Blogger said...

I have one of these fern "logs" in my flower bed. It fell out of a tree at our church. It has really thrived around here lately with all the rain! You are right , brass is making a comeback. I don't follow all the trends, maybe just mix a few in with my old stuff. I like a home to look like it was done over the years, instead of all decorated in one day.

February 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM  

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