This is the view from the upper deck of my house. The magnolia tree and the blue spruce are in my yard. Beyond them is the Greenbelt which is full trees and plants awakening.
I love watching ferns in their awakening process. Each of the photos below is of a different fern. Most of them are in the Greenbelt.
By June, many of them will look like this.
One part of our Greenbelt restoration site has so many ferns. I decided to read some articles about ferns and was fascinated by what I learned.
Ferns have been on earth for 360 million years.
The type of ferns we see now have been here for 45-50 million years.
Dinosaurs ate ferns, conifers, cycads and mosses.
Ferns were on earth 200 million years before flowers.
Ferns are helpful in preventing or eliminating pollution because they remove heavy metals from the air and the soil.
Today’s ferns are not edible because of toxicity. [Note: Maybe that is because of the heavy metal mentioned above.]
Some ferns have a life span of 100 years.
The height of ferns ranges from 2 inches to 30 feet.
Compressed ferns turned into fossil fuel and became the basis for oil, gas and oil.
Ferns reproduce from spores. They don’t have seeds or flowers.
There are at least 12,000 types of ferns on earth today. There may be up to 20,000 different species.
In North America there are 441 varieties of native ferns.
Ferns are vascular, circulating water and nutrients through their veins.
In the past, there were people who believed if they ate ferns they would become invisible. Still others believed ferns protected them against goblins and witches.
When I took this photo today, I imagined dinosaurs walking through this forest. Doing that reminded me of the Jurassic Park movies!
You can learn more about ferns from the articles below:
Fern Facts (Casa Flora)
Fern Facts (Soft Schools)
Five Fun Fern Facts
The lots in the part of the Greenbelt our GreenFriends group is restoring were covered by blackberry vines for 30-50 years, depending on the lot. One of the first things we noticed after the blackberry canes were cut down was that there were remnants of ferns in the debris. We began to free them from the rubble and then flagged them with yellow and black tape, hoping to prevent workers from stepping on them. We started calling that area of the property the “Fern Field.”
I started watching one particular fern, and at times took photos of it daily.
Yes, Nature is resilient, if we give her a chance to be.