This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is the season when fern culture has peculiar charms, and our readers will thank us for introducing them to a pretty novelty recently brought to notice in England. It is a very elegant free-growing species of Maidenhair Fern, introduced from the Island of Aneiteum. It has a creeping rhizome, clothed with dark-colored scales, and three or four times divided deltoid fronds. The numerous segments of which the fronds are made up are rhomboidal, nearly sessile, firm in texture, with a glabrous surface, sub-glaucous beneath, and shallowly lobed along the upper and outer edges, where the roundish-reniform sort are borne in the centre of the lobes. It is a distinct and ornamental evergreen stove fern, and was one of the twelve new plants with which Mr. W. Bull gained the first prize at the great show of the Royal Horticultural Society, held at Kensington in 1880.