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WHY I LOVE FERNS

Fossil records suggest modern-day ferns date back 145 million years. I killed Fran in less than 90 hours. Fran was my first fern.

A few years ago I bought a fern at a yard sale. I know right? What a great idea to sell houseplants you no longer need or won’t survive in a moving truck across I-70.

I came home with a fern that resembled a muppet and named her Fran.

the only issue was Fran was a huge lush green plant and I had limited space for this garage sale purchase. So I placed my adopted plant on the front t deck, gave her a generous pour of water, and then …

I forgot about her.

Literally. I forgot about Fran until I found her shriveled fronds. There was no amount of Ponds or Oil of Olay moisturizer that would repair the sun damage.

. I might as well have soaked her in baby oil and let her shink into herself from the heat.

Under the Colorado summer sun, Fran sat on the deck in the 90-degree temps. In Colorado. We don’t have humidity in Colorado. It is the best-kept secret for those who have never visited our mile-high city.

I killed Fran in less than 90 hours.

I don’t want to go into specifics, but the guilt lingers. So I decided to add ferns and plants to my home in honor of Fran.

I currently maintain a B average with my plant goals (not counting my tomatoes in 2023).

That was an unfortunate soil erosion issue and too much shade.

I overcompensated for Fran.

THE POWERS OF PLANTS

Over the past few years, I discovered the secret powers of plants. I mean not like beaming into-the-future kind of powers, but subtle things that happen when you introduce plants into your home and life. You kinda become friends.

Plants are like dogs you can talk to and water them, but no barking in the middle of the night or during pre-dawn bathroom breaks (the dog not me).

A FERN IN AN OLIVE BASKET ON THE FIREPLACE HEARTH

SECRET POWER OF PLANTS

  • Add a pop of color to a room
  • Ferns look pretty in all the seasons
  • Don’t take up much space
  • Great for people who live in condos, tiny spaces, or rentals
  • They transport easily from room to room.
  • Plants are great listeners
  • Research suggests plants can clear the pollutants in the air and maybe in our minds
  • Plants have a calming effect when you take care of them.

And another fun fact is that ferns are great on fireplaces and in front of windows to hide bad views.

FUN FERN FACTS

FERN IN FRONT OF WINDOW WITH A BAD VIEW.

FUN FACTS ABOUT FERNS

Did you know ferns are the national emblem of New Zealand?

Neither did I.

The national emblem is on their passports, the New Zealand airline, and on the All Blacks rugby team.

You can catch up on random fun fern facts on their wiki page.

A few years ago one of my sellers gave me a few of her houseplants. It was the middle of January so I kept them indoors and I was thrilled at how well the plants thrived in front of a window.

I brought this geranium (I think this is a geranium) inside for the winter and she loved being indoors for the holidays.

I added a little of my favorite decor staple too.

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  1. I love ferns but only keep them outside in the summer. I’ve been adding more indoor plants recently once I know if they are cat safe because she loves munching on plants!

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