It’s a struggle

It’s a struggle for plants trying to live in the planter bed out back, where it’s shady in the best of times, shady and dry and hot in the harder times, and freezing and covered with snow at the worst of times.

I thought the Japanese Painted Fern had given up after a goose plucked what fronds it had managed to put out this spring, but look.Jap Pnt Fern Revives_061209

OK, so the fern is persistent.  Thing is, I kept a sweet potato too long in the kitchen awhile back  and it sprouted —  a lot.  I cut off the sprouts and planted them.  I left hardly any tuber, since I had no idea what I was doing other than “not throwing away the pretty pinkish leaves.”  Brad didn’t think they’d make it, but look.Sw Pot_061209

The problem?  I planted the sweet potatoes sorta really really close to the fern I thought was dead.  It’s a pathetic miracle plant throwdown!


About sayingthings

K lives in the US with her man and kiddos, knits, cans, dehydrates, bakes bread, (but doesn't cook regular food, particularly), crochets, spins, gardens, studies for a degree that never seems to end, and um, works. Sometimes she wastes time online. Also -- and family, she's looking at you here -- sometimes she swears and says things you might not agree with. But she still loves you.

Posted on June 12, 2009, in Plants. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. are you using the setting on your camera for close-ups?

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