Monday, November 5, 2012

The Ferns Return

About a year ago Gary cut all the ferns off of our palm tree thinking they were either messy looking or weeds. I was devastated, how I loved the look of those ferns. At the time he said they'd grow back and I didn't think they would. Well I'm glad to say the ferns are slowly returning.

This is not a boat basket. I ran out of strips of clay for the form I was using so I ended up with a strip tray instead. It's a little rough but I want to see how the strips hold together, if at all. I'm using some foam in a glass casserole dish which tends to keep the moisture in. This next one has wide textured strips of clay. I need to think of another method of construction.

I may have to build the boat over a hump mold instead of in a slump mold. I may delve into making a plaster mold. Now how am I going to get that boat shape? A trip to the thrift store might be in order. Maybe I can find a boat shaped palm stalk and pour the plaster in it. Back to the drawing board as they say. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. My boys "trimmed" one of my fav trees too...It came back this year. I was so happy...

  2. I'm sure you'll find the form you want...or you can just make it with a lump of clay, then put plastic wrap on the clay before building with your strips. I built at tree over a traffic cone that way with slabs last year!

  3. Hello Linda:
    Isn't it absolutely amazing how Nature will rejuvenate herself? In our gardening days we seldom gave up on a plant for at least six months.

  4. Being a fern lover I would have been devastated too. I'm glad they are returning.

    I love the idea of putting the foam in the casserole dish, brilliant.

  5. We have ferns, from elfin to sword and love them so. We thought we lost a few last year from a sudden freeze, but they came back.

    Like the strap platter.......

  6. I think it's fine with ferns. Can you not use any type of blade?


  7. I like the wide strip tray. I think Barbara's idea to make a boat mold out of clay is a good one.

  8. Testosterone driven pruning if often scary. My father pruned my mother's camellia bush, saying it would help it to flower better. Which it did. Three years without blooms later.

  9. Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, so glad your tree came back. Once some painters trimmed a camellia so severely it looked terrible, what a mess it was.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, I never thought of using a lump of clay, good idea. Ha.

    Hi Jane and Lance, thanks, you are so right about giving the plants a chance, so many have recovered long after I though they would not.

    Hi Lori, thanks, that think foam comes in handy for quite a few projects as it molds itself to the shape of the slump piece used.

    Hi Charlene, thanks, the ferns really do amaze me at the resilience since they look so fragile.

  10. Hi Elna, thanks, I am trying for a particular shape, we shall see.

    Hi Gayle, thanks, blogs really do help with my predicaments so glad to have folks like you willing to help with ideas.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, oh camellias are ones I think shouldn't be pruned much, thank goodness it recovered.


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