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That is scarily fantastic. Or fantastically scary. Both, even.

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Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:42 pm
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Thanks guys it's nice to know all my neighbours can't be right :roll:

I have rocks that develop similar moss and then the ferns grow into the moss without any soil straight onto the rock. I am hoping this will be the case in the future. Alex, I don't put anything to encourage the moss it grows on the hypertufa by itself. It's strange that some are so furry green and others are still grey. The growth tends to happen on the top of anything big....the reason why the very top is not as green is that I could not make my mind when I first made the arch on whether I wanted to attach an extension to the top but decided against it consequently adding the skulls a year later. I never considered putting any ferns in the ey sockets ( a sentence both of us will probably never say again)...but if i find any self seeded ferns I will try and see. Hopefully the moss will make it easier to establish ferns. Storm Doris knocked over an extremely heavy hypertufa pot causing some damage :( but for the life of me I can't see how it fell as is so heavy so begs the question of how i would balance a pot on top to get ferns to self seed below :?: still might give this some thought.

These skulls are a year ahead of the arch so hopefully might have this to look forward to next year
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Next time i will take some blurry pics...it really pushes Kev's button :lol:

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themes wrote:
Thanks guys it's nice to know all my neighbours can't be right
Those, who are still left, you mean!? 8)


Well done, looks better than ever!


Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:33 pm
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I've waited for a while as I wanted to be sure. Things look promising with regards to establishing ferns. Perseverance has paid off it seems. The encouragement helped as I was going to give up. July and August gone the hotter months and ferns still alive. Ceterach albeit small are alive and I can see asplenium spores self seeded but tiny. I've plonked various small ferns into crevices and they are still alive. Not all survived but some are actually getting bigger. Self seeding plants like ivy (i may pull this out but promising that it's self seeded) and weeds . Hopefully I can build on this next year. The moss is getting thicker so I would hope now it can act as a medium for ferns to spore onto it and grow. Thanks for all your help guys. Will Keep updating hopefully with more good news


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Wow nice Mo once you have that moss growing you have endless possibilties of getting ferns to establish.
Thanks for the update much appreciated


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I know I keep droning on about this but it's really exciting for me. This is pics of the skull planter. Check out all the aspleniums self seeded!!!!!!!! :D


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Scary stuff Mo you certainly need patience getting ferns to establish on your skulls.
I am guessing they will get more prolific as the moss grows over the heads giving the ferns something to establish onto trapping the spore as it drops down into the moss.

Have you tried any more unusual spore to see what happens?


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Mo - ferns self seeding must mean you are doing something right - you should be justifiably excited!

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Kev Spence wrote:
Scary stuff Mo you certainly need patience getting ferns to establish on your skulls.
I am guessing they will get more prolific as the moss grows over the heads giving the ferns something to establish onto trapping the spore as it drops down into the moss.

Have you tried any more unusual spore to see what happens?


Always open to suggestions. I do actually act on it, more than you would think.

Paul, I think it will look immense in a few years time when the ferns get established (hopefully)

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That looks exciting.

I agree with Paul. This is what you get when you do things right. Many spp. of fern will love this sort of crevice. And of course, a few of them will be Goths and will be especially keen on growing on a skull.

The fern sp. that I have seen most rampant in vertical, soil-free crevices is Asplenium trichomanes. In western Ireland, it covers whole dry-stone walls. Stick a few of them in there and you should have quite a colony in a few years.

These images are also a monument to the importance of patience in gardening.

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Asplenium trichomanes was suggested early on so I acquired 4 and placed on the arch. Only 1 survived but it had got bigger and established. Polypodium vulgare, ceterach also suggested and I acquired then too. I do follow up on suggestions. Very grateful for all the suggestions and excited to see how this develops. A spring jaunt to fibrex may be in order.

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