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"Possibility and promise greet me each day as I walk out into my garden. My vigor is renewed when I breathe in the earthiness and feel the dirt between my fingers. My garden is a peaceful spot to refresh my soul." Meems

Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Resurrection Fern: Native Plant Photo Contest

Polypodium polypodioides, Resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides (syn.)
The folks over at Gardening Gone Wild are having a photo contest. The theme is to show a native plant or a plant indigenous to your region.
While this particular entry isn't a blooming flower the three natives shown are all favorites of mine. In my garden so much of the understory is supported by the dramatic, erect fans of Serenoa repens, saw palmettos serving as foundational plants. I adore the epiphyte resurrection fern thriving on the native Quercus geminata, sand live oak trees.
What makes resurrection fern so unique is that when dry it is gray, scaly and curled up and rolled inward like a fiddle head, but when moisture returns the fronds resurrect becoming soft and green and unfurling to regain the original shape.
If blooms are what you're hankering for check out my blog header for my native Echinacea.
This photo might just be a sneak peek into tomorrow's post... "The Six Plants I Can't Live Without". Be sure to check back Monday. Hoe and Shovel has been invited to join blogs from around this great country for my humble opinion of "The Six Plants I Can't Live Without."
There will be many zones represented with posts from Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

Go to Southern Livings' The Grumpy Gardener for more information.
Update on Photo Contest at GGW: April 27. The winner of the photo contest has been chosen. And a deserving winner indeed. Check here to view Pam Penick's (of Digging) native coneflower photo. I've always admired her photography and this one is no exception.

Hoe and Shovel is happy to be awarded First Runner Up in the contest. This was a fun contest and I really appreciated Saxon Holt's critique (can be read in the comment section of this post.) Thanks GGW!


  1. That is a cool fern Meems! Can't wait to see what you can't live without in your garden. :)

  2. Love it, Meems! That could just as easily have been taken here on Pollywog Creek. I think I need to go check out that photo contest. I can't wait to see what you can't live without, either.

  3. Meems,
    I really like resurrection fern as well. We see it by canoe when we explore blackwater rivers.

  4. I love your photo. The sunlight and how it illuminates the green tones. Very nice.

  5. Meems I have seen that fern at my MIL in Miami. It is difficult to remove (I tried to get a plant). It is very beautiful and I find it an amazing plant.

  6. Great plants Meems. I have seen this fern in action. I thought it amazing. Good photo too.

  7. That's a great photo, so simple, yet effective with the backlighting. Foliage is so important in a garden, and you have some beautiful foliage plants.

  8. Great photo--I love how the backlighting makes the leaves glow. Beautiful.

  9. Well the contest is done and results posted over at GGW early next week. Thanks for your entry and I am giving each photo bit of constructive criticism.
    Loved your photo and the way you used the light so effectively. Composition is very strong but it could be even a wee bit tighter, cropping a bit off the top; and the setting is not readily apparent that it is taken in a garden.


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