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My Tree Ferns, or Dicksonia Antarctica

By NEILMUIR1
May 12, 2010

These beautiful plants have been found as fossils over 150 million years old. Like a lot of plants, they are suffering from deforestation and are taken from the wild as the loggers can sell them. Unfortunately they are expensive and have become a sort of status symbol for some.

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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
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Ridesredmule
May 12, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Neil, that is a most interesting article. I do love the Prehistoric look of it. Very informative too.
Hope you and Sarah are doing well.
Charleen and Charley, the mule.
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
May 12, 2010 7:29 AM CST
Dear Charleen, so lovely to hear from you we were getting concerned about you! There has been so many lovely pictures put on both cubits it is hard to keep up, and we have a new forum on Cottage Gardens that seems to be popular! I hope Charley is well, but you really need to teach him how to prune.
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Ridesredmule
May 12, 2010 7:34 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Yes, he did a wonderful job on my Wisteria this Spring. I will join back up. I'm being bad but didn't think I would be missed but I will come back and show you some of my beautiful flowers.
Charley is very well and is ready to 'prune' anything in his way. Thank you for inquiring.
Charleen and Charley.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
May 12, 2010 7:49 AM CST
Awesome article Neil and awesome pictures as well. I like reading your articles. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
May 13, 2010 3:56 PM CST
Wonderful photos, they really capture the curiosity of the plant
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
May 13, 2010 4:13 PM CST
Dear Maridell, thank you very much. They give me great pleasure to see them a lot of times everyday, and are well worth the effort to look after. They do not just produce new fronds in the spring, in the summer they continue with some as well. I will keep taking some photos so people may see them as they emerge, as many people have never seen them do that, and to me it is fascinating!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
May 13, 2010 4:42 PM CST
A neighbor divided his fern last year and gave me some. They took a real beating in all kinds of weather after I planted them, and I was unsure if I would see them again this year. I kept going where I thought they should be - anticipating something to show up. I finally saw the brown knuckle like nubs and thought SOMETHING is happening yea! Happy to say they are looking healthy...and it was fun watching them come up.
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
May 13, 2010 5:07 PM CST
That is Fantastic news, i do hope you get as much pleasure out of them as I do, and indeed my little Article helped!
Regards.
Neil.

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