imagePteridomania: the Victorian fern craze probably from 1837 to early 1900’s.  A magnificent solarium in a Victorian home with ferns and palms.

I caught the fern “illness” years ago.  I have always loved the look of them and usually have one in my handpainted rattan fern “basket” which actually sits right behind me as I write my posts.

imageA closeup of the detail on my fern stand.

imageA fern fossil, they have been on Earth for over 300 million years, imagine!!!!!

The only problem is that they shed and the clean up is a full-time job!  Since I’m not a Botanist I won’t try to go into the details of ferns I will leave that to you, my readers, to explore for yourselves if you want more information.  I would, however, recommend the following book for your enjoyment, it is quite wonderful.  I am going to fill this post with wonderful images most of which I got from Pinterest without photo credit others I will credit.  Enjoy….


imageCovers of two vintage books on ferns. The covers alone are display worthy.  Look for special vintage books at Randolph Street Market this Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27 from 10 to 5.  In addition, the Printer’s Row Lit Fair is Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11.

imageFiddlehead ferns, see the bottom of the post for a fiddlehead fern recipe, no longer in season, but have at the ready for next year or you can substitute asparagus!

imageThe beauty of nature in a fern frond!

imageFerns in the garden photo taken by Tom Mantel this week, glorious.

imageA beautiful closeup from the same garden also a photograph by Tom Mantel.image

imageTwo photos of another variety from the same garden and same photographer.imageThe Chicago Garfield Park Conservatory Fern Room.

imageFrom Carolyne Roehm’s garden, she is a genius with decor and gardens and thankfully shares her expertise with us in her many books…love everything she does!

imageImage from Pinterest photo credit unknown.

imageAnother photo from Pinterest…love this variety.

imageWallpaper image also from Pinterest photo credit unknown.

imageAnd a fern botanical fabric also Pinterest, photo credit unknown.

imageI am mad for this image…so much so I am using it as my screen saver on my iPhone!

imageAnother solarium, let’s move in!!!

imageA silver wine caddy, yes, please!

imageOr pearl handle fern engraved flatware.

imageOr perhaps a handpainted piece of Limoges…

imageOr a beautiful Majolica pitcher.

imageA wonderful Philip Tracey hat, yes, I know a bit of a stretch….

imageA Vogue photo of John Galliano Dior Haute Couture Fall 2006 (I saw that Collection in Paris, it was magnificent) next to another fern variety, isn’t it a beauty!

imageNot necessary fern botanicals but a look you can emulate when you collect your prints.

imageFrom my collection of Botanical prints (along with other “paper”) that I collect from the Randolph Street Market vendor, Paper Patty, located on the Third Floor, don’t miss the vendors up there, it is the first place I stop each month!  My photo.

imageMy favorite of all, it looks like lace!  Again from Pinterest credit unknown.

Recipe from The New York Times Cooking App (if you don’t have it get it you can save all your on-line recipes on it as well as see all their recipes, I love it, one of my favorite apps!)

Cassolette Of Morels, Fiddleheads and Asparagus
by Jennifer Lang

Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield: Six first-course servings

8 thoughts on “COLLECTIONS: FERNS

  1. Marcia Buchanan May 25, 2017 / 11:11 am

    Love, love this article! I especially adore the one you have as your screensaver and the pearl handle fern engraved knives and forks.
    I am a lover of ferns and had always tried to have them in my urns on my balcony at my last place. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pics!

    • nenasnotes May 25, 2017 / 12:41 pm

      Thanks so much Marcia. You are #1 on the comment list. I so appreciate your support. I adore ferns and thought it would be a fun post.

  2. Jane May 25, 2017 / 1:24 pm

    Beautiful post, especially like the fern like skirts. I have found a wonderful fern, Kimberly Queen, more upright, but it does not drop leaves!

    • nenasnotes May 25, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks Jane, it was a fun one to research and write. Thanks for the heads up on a new fern to me. Any advice on where to get it??

      • Jane May 26, 2017 / 12:08 pm

        I’m from Wisconsin and have found it at Home Depot stores here. Last year I found a great hanging one at a local greenhouse.

      • nenasnotes May 26, 2017 / 12:51 pm

        I go to Home Depot for orchids I’ll look for it. Would love one that doesn’t shed!!! Thanks so much.

  3. Karen Ryan May 25, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Loved this post … because I love ferns too!

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