Maidenhair Ferns have some sort of magnetic quality. I am so overwhelmingly attracted to them, like a moth to a flame, an aardvark to and anthill, a crack addict to…. whatever….I have purchased and subsequently killed more of these plants than I care to admit. I have a fatal attraction for Adiantum capillus-veneris that started in London after seeing it presented as a viable houseplant (well, not in my house) in a posh garden store. It’s a cruel and unforgiving addiction and I am thankful that Boston doesn’t have too many hip outlets offering it.
If I lived down south though, I would surely be a sucker for this delicate beauty again, but here, I have learned my lesson. I simply look longingly when in the fancy floral shop and feel sorry for the poor fool who parts with her money to try it at home.
But In my imaginary southern (Kentucky?) garden I would have a beautiful waterfall feature with damp limestone ledges that would be the perfect place for my Maidenhair to thrive. Or perhaps a a damp north facing hillside that I can walk through and enjoy the ethereal feeling of being amongst these airy, graceful plants.
I adore this plant combination of Gentians and Maidenhair Fern taken by Kay and Dave. Do you have a fatal attraction to a plant? Or perhaps you have no issue or even success with the maidenhair fern….I would love to hear about both.