March 28, 2017

My Hanging Boston Ferns at Skylands

Preparations for spring are underway at Skylands, my home in Maine.

There is still snow on the ground on Mount Desert Island, but last week, my gardener at Skylands, Mike Harding, began potting some of the ferns in hanging baskets for use on my Western Terrace. I always hang a series of fern-filled planters under the pergola - it adds such a lovely touch of greenery to the space.

The hanging planters are first lined with sphagnum moss. Sphagnum is a genus of about 120-species of mosses known as peat moss. It works great to store water, and helps to keep the potting mix inside the container. Here are some photos - enjoy.